|SHEFFIELD SPEEDWAY MATCH REPORTS 2016|
|SHEFFIELD WINDOW CENTRE 'Tigers' v Leicester 'Lions'||Inter-League challenge||24th March|
Referee: Chris Gay
|1. Jason Doyle (g)||10.41||3||3||1'||3||0||10+1|
|2. Dmitri Berge||4.14||ef||1||3||2||6|
|3. Kyle Howarth||6.98||1||2||3||2||2||10|
|4. Josh Bates ©||5.58||0||0||1||1'||2+1|
|5. Jason Garrity||8.46||3||+0||2||0||5|
|6. Richard Hall||4.04||3||1||1'||2||7+1|
|7. Nathan Greaves||3.00||f||2'||0||1'||3+2|
|1. Patrick Hougaard||9.45||2||1||3||2||3||11|
|2. Nicolai Klindt ©||7.74||1'||3||1'||0||5+2|
|3. Grzegorz Walasek||8.86||2'||3||0||3||1||9+1|
|4. Josh Auty||7.20||3||2'||3||3||11+1|
|5. Sebastian Ulamek||9.90||1||2||2||1'||6+1|
|6. Paul Starke||5.40||2||r||2||0||ef||4|
|7. Chris Widman||4.50||1'||0||x2||0||1+1|
|Track record: 59.1
Ricky Ashworth, 14 Oct '10
The Lions averages as shown above include the 50% mark-up which has been used in the past when converting from the elite to the premier league, although I will admit it's a bit steep in the case of Chris Widman.
Nicolai Klindt led into the first bend but was soon playing catch-up to Jason Doyle. Dmitri Berge only made it to the first turn. Paul Starke led heat 2 for three laps until his machine slowed allowing Richard Hall to go around him on the second turn of the last lap. Nathan Greaves got excited about the idea of catching Paul as well and overdid it on turn four tumbling into the fence. He quickly jumped up and remounted but by that time he'd been passed by Chris Widman who was pottering at he back for a cheap point. Kyle Howarth caught the tapes with his helmet in heat 3 but it seems the gate didn't go up evenly. Josh Bates thought the same happened in the rerun but Chris Gay let it go. Nathan made a flying start to heat 4 and Jason Garrity rounded him on the first turn. Chris pulled up before completing a single lap and even after 7 years in the Grand Prix and elite league experience with Lakeside, Birmingham and Swindon, super star Sebastian failed miserably to overhaul Nathan. Nicolai trapped ahead of Kyle in heat 5 and Patrick rounded Josh on the second bend. Lions lead by a meagre two points.
Jason Doyle won heat 6 from Sebastian with Dmitri in close contention and right on the pace. Jason Garrity broke the tapes in heat 7. Paul Starke replaced the struggling Chris Widman in heat 8 but could only follow Dmitri home ahead of Nicolai. Kyle rounded the field to lead heat 9 and Josh kept Seb busy but couldn't get past. Dmitri led heat 10 but Josh Auty went around him on the second bend of the second lap to take the lead. Dmitri was so hot in pursuit that Jason Doyle didn't get a smell. Two thirds of the match gone and the Tigers are holding their senior league rivals to the same slim two point lead.
Jason Garrity rounded Patrick on the second turn to lead heat 11. Richard in third did enough to deny Nicolai a point but Patrick left it to the last lap before going hard under Jason taking him right to the fence on the last lap. Kyle and Grzegorz had a four lap scrap in heat 12 eventually going the way of the Pole, but Paul retired again with a sick motor. Jason Garrity was looking for the outside swoop at the start of heat 13 but found himself behind three Elite league heat leaders all looking for the grippy outside line. Josh Auty led from tapes to flag in heat 14 (when did he learn to gate?) setting up a last heat decider. Kyle led from the tapes with Patrick and Grzegorz hard on his tail. Patrick took the lead on the second lap and Jason Doyle demoted Grzegorz until the Pole blasted high and wide around him out of the last turn.
It isn't fun to start the season with a defeat but the Tigers put on a brave show in the face of superior opposition. I do think though that the Lions will be having another hard time of things with this line-up. Nathan's paid win ahead of Sebastian Ulamek was encouraging. All the other Tigers had a win with the exception of Josh Bates who didn't make a decent start all night.
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