|SHEFFIELD SPEEDWAY MATCH REPORTS 2009||SHEFFIELD WINDOW CENTRE Tigers v Glasgow Tigers||Premier Trophy||April 30|
Referee: Jim Lawrence
|1. Ricky Ashworth ©||7.57||2'||3||3||1||1||10+1|
|2. Paul Cooper||5.51||3||1||0||2'||6+1|
|3. Ritchie Hawkins||5.44||2||2||3||3||0||10|
|4. Joel Parsons||6.06||1'||1'||1||1'||4+3|
|5. Richard Hall||6.83||1'||1||f||0||2+1|
|6. Chris Mills||4.93||3||3||1||2||9|
|7. Josh Auty||4.55||2'||2||1||1||6+1|
|1. Shane Parker ©||9.01||1||3||*6||3||3||16|
|2. Ross Brady||5.11||-||-||-||-||(5+1)|
|3. Peter Juul||7.00||0||0||0||0||0|
|4. Josh Grajczonek||5.25||3||*4||3||1||0||11|
|5. James Grieves||8.63||3||2||2||2'||2'||11+2|
|6. Mitchell Davey||3.00||r||1||0||2'||-||2'||2||3||10+2|
|7. Lee Smart||4.33||r||0||0||-||0||-||0|
|Track record = 59.3|
Chris Holder, 6 Sept 2007
The forecast was for rain from 10am to 3pm but we got away with just the odd shower and Graham Trollope was spraying the track at 7pm otherwise it would have been dusty. Paul Cooper made a good start from the inside gate to lead heat 1. Shane Parker off gate 4 was swooping around the field but Paul closed the door exiting turn 2 which allowed Ricky through into second place, and that's how it stayed with Ricky doing an excellent job of team riding his partner home with Shane snapping at his heels all the way. Chris Mills trapped ahead in heat 2 but Josh Auty had to catch Lee Smart before passing him on the inside of the pits turn at the end of the first lap, and then reeled in Mitchell Davey, drew alongside out of turn 2 on the last lap and completed the pass for second place off the last bend. Great racing. Ritchie Hawkins got a flyer in heat 3 but Jim Lawrence was having none of it and called them all back. Josh Grajczonek passed Ritchie out of turn 2 in the rerun and then pulled remorselessly clear. James Grieves was pulled back for another flyer in heat 4 and in the rerun he took Richard Hall very wide into the first turn. Richard went right out to the fence looking to get back on terms but went too wide at the start of the third lap allowing Josh through into second place. Shane trapped ahead of Ritchie to win heat 5 while Joel recovered from a poor start to pass Lee at the start of the second lap. The home Tigers have an eight points lead.
James Grieves emerged from a physical first bend in the lead of heat 6. Ricky blasted around him on the second lap and pulled well clear while Paul outpaced Mitchell to claim third. Alan Dick responded immediately by giving Josh Grajczonek a tactical ride in heat 7. Chris made another superb start but Richard was again unable to join him despite using every inch of track. The young Aussies gate ahead in heat 8 and Paul and Josh Auty get in each others way trying for the same outside line. James Grieves lead heat 9 until Ritchie passed him wide on the pits bend at the end of the first lap. There was nothing between them for the rest of the race and Joel Parsons was poised to make the most of any mistake. Ricky and Paul trap ahead to win heat 10 putting us twelve points ahead so we all know what's happening next...
Shane emerges from the pits wearing black & white for heat 11 and traps ahead with Mitchell in second place. Richard's wide line takes him around Mitchell out of the second bend on the second lap but he's chasing Shane and he slides off on the apex of the third and fourth turns gifting the visitors a glorious 8-1. Shane was actually slowing at the end of the race and everyone in the stadium except the referee saw that Mitchell passed him just before the finish line so it should have been a 7-1! Mitchell Davey passes Peter Juul to lead heat 12 but Ritchie slips inside Peter before swooping around Mitchell on the third lap and into the lead. Josh Auty picks off Peter and is all over Mitchell but just can't find his way past. James is pulled back for another anticipated start in heat 13, but he and Shane do it again in the rerun and the top Sheffield heat leaders have no answer so the lead is down to just three points. The young Aussies are back out for the visitors in heat 14 and it's Mitchell who makes the start. Chris looks comfortable in second place but Joel has his work cut out to stay ahead of Josh Grajczonek but it's a shared heat leaving us with a rare last heat decider. Predictably Alan Dick nominates Shane and James, while Dave Hoggart selects Ricky and Ritchie. It's the visitors top dogs who make the gate and Ricky tries everything he can but cannot get the better of James allowing the visiting Tigers to steal the win by the slenderest of margins.
Many will claim we were beaten by the infamous tactical rule. Sheffield riders failed to score in only 4 of the 15 races and Glasgow were a four man team so I would say their victory was down to their team manager who juggled his resources to perfection.
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