|SHEFFIELD SPEEDWAY MATCH REPORTS 2023|
|SHEFFIELD 'Tigers' v BELLE VUE 'Aces'||Premiership 2||20th July '23|
|Ref: Graeme Hunter||01||02||03||04||05||06||07||08||09||10||11||12||13||14||15||S/h||Tot+Bp|
|1. Jack Holder||8.58||3||3||3||2'||1||12+1|
|2. Lewis Kerr||5.70||-||-||-||-||(6+1)|
|3. Adam Ellis||6.72||0||3||0||3||6|
|4. Josh Pickering||5.79||1||0||3||3||3||10|
|5. Tobiasz Musielak||8.17||3||2||3||3||3||14|
|6. Kyle Howarth ©||5.50||2'||r||0||1'||1||0||0||2'||6+3|
|7. Dan Gilkes RS||3.78||1||-||0||1||0||2|
|BELLE VUE 'Aces'||1||6||11||14||17||20||23||25||28||30||33||36||37||38||40|
|1. Dan Bewley||8.28||0||1'||1'||1||3+2|
|2. Norick Blödorn||5.69||1||2||2||2||7|
|3. Jaimon Lidsey||7.25||3||3||2||2||0||10|
|4. Charles Wright||6.67||2'||0||0||1||3+1|
|5. Brady Kurtz ©||8.28||1'||2||2||0||2||7+1|
|6. Tom Brennan||5.66||3||1'||1'||1'||0||6+3|
|7. Connor Bailey RS||3.00||2'||2||0||-||4+1|
The Tigers get off to a dream start with r/r Kyle following Jack home for a 5-1 ahead of Norick Blödorn and Swedish Grand Prix winner Dan
Bewley. It was short lived however as after forgetting to turn his fuel on Kyle and Dan Gilkes were led home by Tom Brennan and Connor Bailey.
Jaimon Lidsey and Charles Wright took another 5-1 ahead of Josh and Adam. Tobi made a dream start and sliced through the field on the first turn
to win heat 4 and Adam trapped to win heat 5 but team mates Kyle and Josh both trailed home last leaving the Aces with a four point lead.
Heat 6 was also shared with Jack winning from Brady Kurtz and Tom. Jaimon was early leader of heat 7 as Tobiasz cannot catch him after taking two laps to pass his own team mate. Josh is r/r in heat 8 and he rounds the field from gate 4 for a big win with Dan holding off constant pressure from Connor to chip away at the Aces lead. Josh is out again in heat 9 and rides a brilliant line to keep Brady behind but Adam never recovers from a poor start. Jack wins heat 10 easily from Jaimon but Kyle has to work hard before passing his mate Charles on the last lap to level the scores.
Tobiasz wins heat 11 but hard working Kyle is out paced by Norick and Dan Bewley. Adam makes a perfect gate and win heat 12 from Jaimon and Tom but the scores are still level with 3 races to go. Tobiasz rounds the field to win heat 13 and Jack soaks up every move from Dan to restore the Tigers for the first time since heat 1. Kyle makes the gate in heat 14 and Josh struggles from gate 3 but cuts to the white line and joins his team mate by the back straight. The pair then team ride and keep Charles at bay with Tom never featuring. No surprises from Simon naming Jack and Tobiasz but Jack is caught in first bend traffic and takes a lap or two to pass Jaimon but the Tigers have to be happy with a 10 point win after still trailing after heat 9.
Some great racing but it was good to hear the visiting supporters getting gradually quieter before becoming silent by the end.
Analysis of starting gate positions: Gate 1 - 27(+2)pts 5 wins. Gate 2 - 26(+3)pts 4 wins. Gate 3 - 17(+3)pts 3 wins. Gate 4 - 20(+4)pts 3 wins.