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Rain in Poland assists Diamonds take famous victory over Redcar
Sunday 3rd September 2017, 23:11 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
Early on in the week it became apparent that with Robert Lambert being instructed by the International Speedway League Board that he had to prioritise his Polish league play-off match over the Sapphire Engineering Diamonds home match with Redcar.
Robert was already on the continent after racing for Team GB in the World Under-21 Team Cup which was an FIM affiliated and would have provided a guest or rider replacement facility but for the Play-off match there was nothing.

Newcastle had no option but to run with a NL standard junior at number one in direct replacement for Robert and initially placed their official number eight, Josh Embleton into that illustrious position.

However on Sunday news filtered through that the Polish match had been rained off, and as a result Robert's status then reverted to FIM event rest day and an official facility was reinstated, and rider replacement was used.

Against a tough Redcar side, the Diamonds would have found the going exceptionally tough, as even with the resultant rider replacement netting nine points, there were still only two in it at the end of Heat 15, but that chance meteorological quirk in the weather a thousand miles away did tip the balance.

Other things tried to scupper the Diamonds' hopes, not least Stuart Robson's burning clutch which dragged him into the Heat One tapes, then later he blew his big end in his number one bike, his second not pulling the power in Heat 13's 1-5 win to the Bears.

Steve Worrall and Ludvig Lindgren (heroes of Heat 15 and pictured above) took eight wins between them, scoring a superb 16 and 15+1 respectively and made for a brilliant Heat 15 as they were part of the tightest second bends ever easing ahead of Ben Barker and Jason Garrity to take off down the back straight and seal an incredible local derby win by the narrowest of margins, 46-44.

The best bit, after a cracking meeting like that is - The Bears will be back again for another SGB Championship match before the end of the season!

Team manager George English said: "What a superb local derby that was with both sides really putting in maximum effort to take the match to a superb climax in Heat 15, but as the rider replacement netted nine points in place of Robert Lambert proving what a tough match it was always going to be, and with Robbo burning a clutch out and blowing a big end it was a very satisfying win indeed."
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