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Absent Diamonds and ferocious Tigers sink Newcastle's hopes
Sunday 5th August 2018, 22:00 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
With Matej Kus away in Czech Republic league action and Tero Aarnio in Finland for his National Championship final Sunday was always going to be an uphill struggle for the BTS Diamonds.
While Aarnio took a good silver medal back home to Timo Lahti his remaining team mates found the fire-power of Craig Cook, Bomber Harris and guest Aaron Summers insurmountable as Cook topped their charts with a paid maximum 14+1 with Harris, Summers James Sarjeant and Paul Starke taking 10 points each and a few bonus as well, pulling the rug from under the Diamonds.

Ludvig Lindgren was the top man by far for Newcastle although in Heat Six was part of one of the tightest finishes ever seen at Brough with Summers on the inside charging to the chequered flag right there with Sarjeant and Lindgren - a 1-5 as it turned out - but on the warm down, and as a throw-back to the closing activity, the gap Lindgren found himself in against the fence reduced in width dramatically as he was forced to go virtually side-saddle off the right side of his machine and heavily onto the track entering the first bend.

He got to his feet and had a little "quiet chat" with Sarjeant on his way back to the pits involving several others who were chilling the situation, but with Lindgren fired up he came back out to win three straight victories including taking the scalps of Summers and Harris and a satisfaction-filled drubbing of Sarjeant in Heat Nine when the Newcastle skipper rode into the sunset with his protagonist Tiger at the back.

It then transpired in his fall Lindgren had suffered a hand injury and had to ride through the pain barrier for his three wins, all the more impressive under the circumstances while unfortunately Carl Wilkinson was the only other Diamond to take one victory, his coming in Heat Two when he and Matty Wethers shot out from the tapes for a rare Newcastle 5-0 as both Tigers had fallen with disqualification at various points.

Matty's paid win was matched by Robbo's paid win in Heat 10 behind Ludde over Harris having passed the former Grand Prix star in a thrilling move off bend four of the opening lap.

It was a tough night and 0ne in general to forget for the Diamonds as they move on to next week's home clash with the Workington Comets who arrive with no lesser a reserve that Mr. Rene Bach!! Another match not to miss!!
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