Sheffield STAR 'Tigers' v Hull 'Vikings'
British Premier League
17 August 1995
|Ref: B. Bowles||01||02||03||04||05||06||07||08||09||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||Tot+Bp|
|1. Greg Bartlett||7.81||3||f||2||1'||2||8+1|
|2. Neil Collins ©||6.95||2'||2||1'||ef||5+2|
|3. Zoltan Adorjan||7.50||1'||ef||1||1'||1||4+2|
|4. George Stancl||7.34||2||2||3||x||3||10|
|5. Roman Matousek||7.57||3||2||1||2||1'||9+1|
|6. Chris Cobby||2.00||1'||1'||0||-||2+2|
|7. René Aas||5.48||2||2'||2||2||3||11+1|
|1. Jan Stæchmann r/r||7.74||-||-||-||-||(5)|
|2. Nigel Crabtree ©||6.80||0||3||3||2'||0||2||10+1|
|3. Paul Thorp||8.68||3||3||3||3||3||15|
|4. Mark Burrows||n/a||1||0||0||-||-||1|
|5. Alan Grahame||7.83||1||3||2||3||3||f||12|
|6. Graham Jones||4.30||3||1||-||0||-||1||0||2||0||7|
|7. André Compton||2.55||0||0||1||-||0||1'||2+1|
|Track record = 60.7|
C.Morton, 29 Aug. 1988
Both teams were missing riders from this local derby. Sheffield called on young Chris Cobby to deputize for the injured Will Beveridge, while the Vikings drafted in Mark 'Buzz Burrows in place of Paul Smith and used rider replacement for the injured Jan Stæchmann. They had also just replaced their promoters son, Lee Dicken, with the up and coming Buxton 18 year-old André Compton.
Greg Bartlett sped into the lead in heat 1 but Neil Collins made a terrible start and trailed the field before picking his way past both Nigel Crabtree and Buzz Burrows for a well earned 5-1. René got crowded out on the first turn in heat 2 but recovered sufficiently to follow Graham Jones home and Chris got us a share of the heat ahead of André. Zoltan (gate 4) and Buzz (gate 3) had a big coming together on the first bend of heat 3. The ref said 'all 4 back' but Zoltan re-appeared on René's bike and could only watch as Thorpy sped off into a significant lead. The Vikings were obviously on a mission and Alan Grahame took Roman to the fence on the first turn allowing René to grab the lead. Roman got the message and switched back to the inside to follow his team mate home to extend the Tigers lead to 8. Zoltan had obviously got his bike sorted for heat 5 as he dived past Norman (Crabtree) to team ride George home, until disaster struck on the last lap with an engine failure which baulked George so badly that the Vikings sneaked a win. The score is 18-12 ('Beethoven' as one of my musically challenged mates used to say!)
Greg was slowly away in heat 6 and was trying so hard to make up ground that he over-cooked it on the third bend. Roman trapped ahead of Thorpy in heat 7, but the Viking breezed past him on the back straight before extending a full straight advantage. René gated to lead heat 8 but Neil was again slow away. While Neil was wearing down Grahame Jones before picking up third place Nigel was doing the same to rob René of the lead. George trapped ahead and won heat 9 but Zoltan couldn't find his way past Alan. Thorpy made another flying start to lead heat 10, and the Vikings trimmed the Tigers lead yet again when Neil's primary chain went on the second lap. The Tigers lead is down to 4 points.
The Vikings levelled the scores in heat 11 by virtue of both Alan Grahame and Nigel Crabtree passing Roman in the first two laps. Their gander up the Vikings pair trapped ahead to lead heat 12, but René passed Jonesey on the second lap, and Zoltan followed suite on the last lap to keep the scores level. Alan Grahame dived under Greg to take the lead in heat 13, but the Tigers contained Nigel Crabtree to maintain the equilibrium. George and René were acclaimed by the home fans for a breathtaking 5-1 in heat 14, only for the machine examiner to shop George to the referee because of a problem with his exhaust (not his silencer note)! The 5-1 becomes a 3-3 and the scores remain level. Unable to fix his bike in time George emerged on Roman's bike for heat 15 and after a good start he hung on to win. With Zoltan passing Graham Jones the Tigers took a two point lead into the last heat. Unbeaten Paul Thorp made another of his lightening traps to lead, but Greg and Roman filled the minor placings ahead of the tireless Alan Grahame. Alan gambled everything on a last bend wide swoop but Roman shut the door on him in no nonsense style and the Tigers grabbed a very hard fought victory over their local rivals.
The second half junior romp was claimed by Peter Boast, and the Under 16 races were dominated by James Birkinshaw and David Howe ahead of Paul Lee, Aaron Baker and Mark Blackwell.
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