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Fast-gating Workington do the double over Bandits

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Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) 43
Workington "Thomas Armstrong" Comets 47
SGB Championship

24 hours earlier the Berwick "KLS" Bandits found the going very tough at the Workington Comets in the SGB Championship and first leg of the 2018 Border Trophy going down by 28 points at Derwent Park, but after some fierce team-talking the Bandits returned to Shielfield Park last night for the reverse fixture determined to regain some authority in the Border speedway scene.

It was a case of exchanged 5-1s in three of the first four heats after which the Bandits led 13-11, but Heat One as stopped for first bend bunching when Mason Campton went down on the first bend while in Heat Three Ty Proctor was the one to fall on the first bend, again called back with all four, but Proctor seemed to have damaged a shoulder and was withdrawn from the meeting with injury rider replacement covering his four rides.

Aaron Summers rode a blinder of a first and second bend in Heat Four to go from third to first and win for three points in the home 5-1, but that was instantly reversed with a 1-5 from a solid opening bend from Bach and Campton over Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and David Howe who nibbled at the lead until the Comets shot way ahead off bend two with the score now 14-16.

It was all level 18-18 after the sixth which saw Etheridge make a great gate to lead Klindt, while Doolan pushed hard in third to try for second, sadly not making the pass in the home 4-2 before Klindt took an excellent second in Heat Seven behind Bewley over Summers
to push the Comets four points ahead as the going looked tough for the home side.

The scores kept close for the next few heats, with a home 5-1 in Heat 10 from skipper Doolan and Etheridge taking the five over the previously unbeaten Bewley to again put the home side ahead 31-29, while a good looking 5-1 in Heat 12 was converted to a 3-3 when Howe suffered a cruel engine failure on the third lap helping the scores to 37-35 with three races left to run.

Another fine win from Klindt in Heat 13, holding out Summers who was on a mission with his hard riding, coupled with Bach's third levelled the match all-square again, 39-39 before a tight first lap in the 14th eased out with a good lead from Gappmaier, but with Busk Jakobsen at the back it was still tied 42-42 with one heat to run.

The final heat descended into confusion as Bach flew into the tapes to be penalised, with the Workington team manager deciding to use Jensen in place of his number one, and in the re-run, Jensen and Klindt made the far better gate to pull away from Summers and Gappmaier to seal a win on the night, 43-47.

Team manager Scott Courtney said: "Well done to Workington who took a deserved win tonight, and nine times out of ten they were out of the gate before our guys who mostly couldn't get back on terms. We need to get our heads together after making such a decent start in the league, topping the table for a while and sitting in fourth place for so long, we cannot afford to start losing ground now. Our team meetings are good and positive, and we need to transfer that massive spirit and positivity onto the track and get some critical results going our way immediately!"

Individual Riders' Score Chart:

Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope of Wooler) 43

Kevin Doolan (c) 2,1,3,0 = 6
Jye Etheridge 0,3,3,2* = 8+1
David Howe 1,0,2,R = 3
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen R,1,1*,0 = 2+1
Aaron Summers 3,1,3,2,1 = 10
Theo Pijper (r) 2*,0,0,N = 2+1
Dany Gappmaier (r) 3,2*,1,3,3,0 = 12+1

Workington "Thomas Armstrong" Comets 47

Rene Bach 3,3,2,1,E = 9
Mason Campton 1,2,*,2*,0,1* = 6+3
Ty Proctor (c) Irr,Irr,Irr,Irr = 0 Injured shoulder
Dan Bewley 3,3,1,2,1* = 10+1
Nicolai Klindt1,2,2*,3,3,3 = 14+1
Kyle Bickley (r) 0,0,0,1* = 1+1
Rasmus Jensen (r) 1,R,2,R,2,2* = 7+1