|SHEFFIELD SPEEDWAY MATCH REPORTS 2018|
|SHEFFIELD WINDOW CENTRE 'Tigers' v Scunthorpe'Scorpions'||Knock-Out Cup||28th June|
Referee: Phil Griffin
|1. Ty Proctor (g)||(8.44)||3||2'||2||1'||8+2|
|2. Todd Kurtz||5.53||+0||3||3||1'||1'||8+2|
|3. Lasse Bjerre||8.18||2||2'||2||3||2||11+1|
|4. Broc Nicol||5.20||0||3||1'||2'||6+2|
|5. Charles Wright ©||8.18||2||3||fx||2||7|
|6. Georgie Wood||2.31||r||0||2||-||2|
|7. James Shanes||4.32||3||1'||1||1||3||9+1|
|1. Steve Worrall r/r||9.06||-||-||-||-||(6+1)|
|2. Dmitri Berge (g)||(7.15)||2||0||2||3||3||3||3||16|
|3. Josh Auty||7.55||3||1||2||3||2||0||11|
|4. Jake Allen||7.00||1'||1||1'||0||0||1||4+2|
|5. Jason Garrity ©||7.42||3||fx||-||-||3|
|6. Danny Phillips||2.26||2||1||0||1||-||4|
|7. Gino Manzares||5.80||1'||0||f||0||r||1+1|
Track record: 59.1
Ricky Ashworth, 14 Oct '10
Phil Griffin got us off to a shakey start. After a long hold on the green light Todd Kurtz thought they were going only to destroy the tapes.
When Ty nearly did the same in the rerun and looked despairingly at the box, the electrician was summoned. I thought Todd should have been
reprieved but alas he wasn't. Georgie Woods was left at the gate in heat two but James Shanes soon picked off Danny Phillips to share the points.
Scorpions gated in heat 3 but Lasse Bjerre passed Jake Allen out of turn two but couldn't catch Josh Auty. Jason Garrity trapped off gate three
and Charles Wright off four had no opportunity to pass but James was untroubled by Gino Manzares. Broc Nicol took a lovely wide line around the fist turns
of heat 5 and Lasse settled on his exhaust and rode shotgun for a badly needed 5-1. Sheffield lead by 2 points but the aggregate score looks like it could be a
Todd (off gate 4) powers abound the outside in heat 6 but Jason turns right on him and stuffs him into the fence. All four back says Phil. Todd gets the better of him in the rerun but at the end of the back straight Jason pulls a wheelie, bails out, and falls awkwardly with his bike. Early predictions are a broken tibia/fibula. Half an hour (at least) later Charles wins heat 7 from the tapes but Georgie is way off the pace. The long-track champions took on Gino in heat 8. The Aussie champion wins from the World U21 champ and the British champ. Dmitri is out again in heat 9 and gates ahead. Lasses goes around him at the end of the back straight but Dmitri keeps pushing and retakes the lead on lap 3. Heat 10 was the kind of race that would give Nige and Kelvin heart attacks! I'm sure Jake was leading at one stage. Todd got stuffed from second and ended up trailing the field, but got his head down and chased hard. Ty was looking good for the win until Josh took the lead out of turn 2 on the last lap just as Todd relegated Jake. I'm sure this would have found its way into Kelvin's 'top drawer'. Tigers lead is now eight points and the aggregate win is looking unlikely.
Heat 11 and Dmitri is really enjoying himself back at Owlerton but Charles is on his tracks. Georgie dives under Danny into turn one of the third lap and Charles takes the lead. Charles defends the inside line into turn 3 on the last lap and is looking for a wide exit to turn four to deny Dmitri the outside line but has so much speed he clips the fence and tumbles arse over tit over the finish line. Thankfully the other three all manage to miss the man and various bits of machine scattered across the track! Another ambulance ride and sadly the end of the season, until the news comes that Charles has run from the medical room back to the pits! Lasse claims his first heat win in heat 12 while James passes Gino on the first lap and only just fails to pass Josh. Charles and Dmitri battle for the lead in heat 13. Jake passes Ty for third place but Ty makes a superhuman effort to regain third off the last bend. Jake and Gino are odds on favourites in heat 14 but James is hot on Jakes tail and Broc is buzzing around the outside until Jake's machine gives up the ghost on the last bend! Dmitri finishes the night in style ahead of Lasse while Todd has his work cut out but eventually gets the better of Josh.
A great night's racing despite the hold-ups but will it be enough? We will be sweating on Charles fitness, and will our newcomers be able to cope with the Eddie Wright raceway?
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