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Newcastle Diamonds v Workington Comets
Sunday 22nd October 2017, 22:28 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
With 30 heats on the card the assembled crowd were eager to see two good SGB Championship matches, and with old rivals, Workington Comets up first but devastatingly top Comet, and Team GB skipper Craig Cook had to pull out due to continuing illness with Glasgow's Aaron Summers taking the guest booking for his four rides, but also had to be supplemented by Max Clegg, rider replacement and Ryan Mac Donald to cover other injuries to Matt Williamson and Thomas Jorgensen.
 
Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 62
Workington "Thomas Armstrong Comets" 29
SGB Championship

Going into the third race Newcastle led 8-4 but with Mason Campton leading Ludvig Lindgren shot inside the Workington skipper as Stuart Robson flew round his outside to set up a fine Newcastle maximum, and with Steve Worrall blasting Heat Four decisively for three points, young Alfie Bowtell battled well with Ty Proctor for a lap or two until the Comets' man took second in a 4-2 that moved the scores on to 17-7, launching Workington into tactical ride territory.

However that option wasn't taken up in the fifth as Lindgren and Robson soared away for another 5-1 over Summers to shift their lead up to 14 points, while the double points were still not taken up in the sixth Sarjeant made the perfect gate (at the second time of asking) but was passed well by Lambert off bend three of the second lap in a Diamonds' 4-2 with the scores now 26-10.

The 4-2s continued in Heats Seven and Eight as Newcastle moved up to a 20-point lead going in to Heat Nine, featuring the unbeaten pairing of Lindgren and Robson over Proctor and MacDonald, and dominated the race from the off for another untroubled 5-1 extending the lead to 24 points, with still no tactical ride in evidence.

Ben Hopwood made a brilliant last to second move in Heat 11 round Summers and Campton, but Summers fought back to reclaim the two points as Worrall made sure of a big win in another Newcastle 4-2 taking the score to 46-20 heralding the long-awaited tactical ride for Sarjeant in Heat 12 and the double-point man initially held off Robson till the Diamond shot round him off bend two to take up the chase on Campton but the Comet held the win in a Workington 48-25 score line which sealed the first win in fine style for Newcastle with three races to go.

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 62

Robert Lambert 3,3,3,3,3 = 15
Ashley Morris 2*,1,3,0 = 6+1
Stuart Robson 2*,2*,2*,2 = 8+3
Ludvig Lindgren (c) 3,3,3,3 = 12
Steve Worrall 3,3,3,2*,2* = 13+2
Ben Hopwood (r) 2,1,1,1 = 5
Alfie Bowtell (r) 1*,1,1,0 = 3+1


Workington "Thomas Armstrong Comets" 29

Aaron Summers (guest) 1,1,2,1 = 5
Thomas Jorgensen - Rider replacement
Mason Compton (c) 1,2,2,0,3,0 = 8
Max Clegg (guest) F,F,0,1*,2 = 3+1
Ty Proctor 2,R,2,1,0,1 = 6
James Sarjeant (r) R,3,2,R,N,2^,N2 = 7
Ryan MacDonald (guest) (r) 0,F,N,0,N = 0
Last Updated: Sun 22 Oct 2017, 22:30 UK
Newcastle Diamonds v
To Be Confirmed
, UK

Sunday 22nd October 2017

62

Newcastle

29

Workington

Championship

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BSPA Averages
Robert Lambert

9.18

Steve Worrall

8.93

Stuart Robson

7.67

Ludvig Lindgren

7.03

Ashley Morris

4.64

Ben Hopwood

2.44

Alfie Bowtell

2.00

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