Redcar demolish Diamonds on derby day!
Redcar recorded their biggest EVER away win as they cruised to a 28-62 win over a struggling Newcastle side at Newcastle Stadium. Erik Riss top scored for the Bears with a paid 12 maximum from his programmed rides whilst Kyle Howarth top scored with paid 12 from his 6 rides for the Diamonds.
The meeting began with Charles Wright looking fast to take the chequered flag but with Matthew Wethers and Howarth besting Roynon it was a share of the spoils.
Heat 2 was stopped as Complin tried to round Jenkins on bend 3 of the opening lap but the former Berwick star hit the deck which left both Bears up against George Congreve in the re-run. Redcar struck their first 5-1 with both reserves looking quick on a much improved racing surface.
Kasper Andersen made some equipment changes ahead of the clash and it paid off as he took the chequered flag ahead of Riss in second to send the Teessiders into an 8 point lead in the early stages. Heat 4 saw some exciting speedway with Jordan Jenkins gating superbly for the win whilst Lewis Kerr and Matthew Wethers battled hard for second, coming into contact with each other on more than one occasion before Wethers took second after Kerr went out of shape and was forced to settle for third. The clashes left Wethers with a foot problem with the Australian withdrawing from the meeting.
The Diamonds recorded a 4-2 advantage in heat 5 as their track specialist, Max Clegg gated and held off Wright superbly and with James Wright in third Newcastle reduced the arrears to 8. Remarkably, Redcar followed Newcastle’s heat advantage by striking four consecutive 5-1’s to extinguish any hopes of a Newcastle revival. Edwards, Riss, Jenkins and Kerr all took the chequered flag to send the large travelling support into raptures.
The theme of heat winners continued for the Bears in heat 11 as Wright added 3 more points to his tally in the re-run with the original staging proving controversial. Coming out of the tapes, Lee Complin tangled violently with Jordan Jenkins with the riders not close to the first bend. Complin was disqualified with Jenkins furious at Complin’s actions.
With Erik Riss completing his paid maximum in heat 12 Redcar extended their lead to 30. The run of 7 heat winners on the bounce was ended by Howarth in heat 13 as he took a good win from Wright in second and Kerr in third. The impressive Andersen won heat 14 and with Jenkins in third the Teessiders had another heat advantage in the bag.
The final race saw an incredible pass from Lewis Kerr who found some drive coming off bend 4 of the opening lap to swoop past Howarth for the win and with Andersen in third it secured Redcar’s biggest ever away victory against the club’s local rivals.
Redcar’s Jordan Jenkins was pleased with the result, “It was a good meeting for us and personally it was my second meeting at Newcastle and I got paid 11 so that was good. Newcastle have done a lot of work on that track and to be fair to them it has worked as the track got better as the meeting went on.”
Jenkins praised the team’s effort throughout the clash, “It was a good team performance, I’m over the moon with how everyone did today, especially Kasper who was struggling before today. Speedway is a confidence game and you seen Kasper make a good gate in his first ride and then he was flying for the rest of the meeting!”
Newcastle Diamonds = 28
- Kyle Howarth (G) = 11+1
- Matthew Wethers = 4
- James Wright = 6
- Max Clegg = 6
- Rider replacement for Paul Starke = 5
- Lee Complin = 0
- George Congreve = 1
Redcar Bears = 62
- Charles Wright = 10
- Adam Roynon = 2+1
- Erik Riss = 11+1
- Kasper Andersen = 10+1
- Lewis Kerr = 10+2
- Jason Edwards = 9+1
- Jordan Jenkins = 10