Redcar run riot on derby day!
Redcar raced to their biggest ever away win at Newcastle and their 3rd best of all time as they cruised to a 35-55 win at Brough Park. The Bears rode brilliantly throughout the meeting and as a result they only conceded 2 heat advantages over the course of the meeting. Over the course of 15 heats of Championship speedway the Bears outgated, outperformed and outclassed the Diamonds.
Redcar started the meeting off as they meant to go on with a heat advantage in the opener as Charles Wright passed Ben Barker on lap 2 to earn Redcar a 4-2 heat advantage and the Teessiders never looked back. By heat 6 Redcar had, rather astoundingly, coasted into a 12 point lead and had provided 80% of the heat winners on a sunny day in Tyneside. Heats 6 and 7 saw Newcastle attempt to steady the scoreline with back to back heat winners but failed to provide a heat advantage as they could not pack any of the minor places. Heat 8 saw Redcar hit their 3rd 5-1 in 8 heats as the guest duo of Thompson and Morris combined to bring the score to 16-32. Heats 9 and 10 saw Newcastle stage a mini-rally as their impressive guest Kyle Howarth picked up his second win of the evening whilst the former Redcar pairing of Ben Barker and Adam Roynon combined to bring Newcastle within 10. Heat 11 saw Kyle Howarth continue his good form with another victory but with Wright and Thompson packing in behind Howarth the Diamonds were unable to make any further inroads. Heat 12 saw Redcar confirm their victory as Jake Allen and Alfie Bowtell hit a 5-1 and now the Bears job was to ensure they took all 4 points back to Teesside. The Bears earned 2 more heat advantages from the final 3 heats to complete the job and take all 4 points from the meeting and at the end of the match the smile on the face of the skipper, Charles Wright said it all!
Redcar’s top scorer Jake Allen was delighted with the quite frankly unbelievable nature of the result, “Paid 12 points is always good away from home, especially here at Newcastle as Newcastle isn’t usually my best track. I’m happy with my performance and I’m stoked with the result for the team! It was an awesome performance from the team’s point of view, winning by 20 points would be a great achievement but to do it away from home is something pretty special! The difference between the teams was that we were making starts and they weren’t. If you are not making starts it’s going to be hard to win races, especially on a slick circuit like tonight’s was.”
Newcastle Diamonds = 35
- Ben Barker – 2, 3, 3, 1*, 0 = 9+1
- Adam Roynon – EF, 0, EF, 2* = 2+1
- Connor Mountain – 1, X, 1, 1 = 3
- Max Clegg – 0, 1, 1 = 2
- Kyle Howarth (G) – 2, 3, 3, 3, 2 = 13
- James Wright – 3, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2 = 6
- Archie Freeman – 0, F, 0 = 0
Redcar Bears = 55
- Charles Wright – 3, 3, 2, 3 = 11
- James Sarjeant R/R
- Jake Allen – 2*, 2, 1, 3, 3 = 11+1
- Ashley Morris (G) – 3, 1, 2, F, 3, 1 = 10+2
- Michael Palm Toft – 3, 2, 2, EF = 7
- Alfie Bowtell (G) – 1, 2, 2, 1, 0, 2* = 8+3
- Dan Thompson (G) – 1, 1, 3, 1, 2* = 8+3