Reigning Elite League champions, Wednesfield Aces’ title hopes were dealt a significant blow this weekend, after losing out to bottom of the table Poole at Harbourside Park.
The home side secured their first win of the season, after initially falling behind to the champions.
Youngsters, Jay Briggs and Wil Bristowe, turned the tide against strong opposition to pull the scores back, before Poole edged in front and were able to stay in control for the remainder of the match.
Poole’s polish contingent of skipper Greg Gluchowski, Matiej Ganczarek and Dawid Bas lead the scoresheet for the home side, who finally got a deserved win after a fruitless campaign.
Up in Oxfordshire, Horspath comprehensively beat Coventry to go top of the table by two clear points, ahead of the final round 10 in two weeks time.
After a relatively equal start from both teams, Horspath extended their slender lead to a significant 12 points by the half way stage. Coventry battled hard but could not match the fire power of the home side, far too often losing out by the first bend, before succumbing 112-87 and winding up their Elite League campaign.
Mark Carmichael, Lukasz Nowacki and new Polish champion, Szymon Kowalcyzk were all in scintillating form for the Hammers.
The weekend’s events mean one of three teams are all still in with a shot of the title.
Horspath are firmly in the driving seat and will come away with a play-off – minimum. They have a tricky match away at Wednesfield in round 10, where they can take what could be the last Elite League title home with them, if they win or draw.
If Wednesfield score a home victory, which is an entirely likely scenario, it will mean a play off at a neutral venue in the following weeks.
However, if Wednesfield do win and Ipswich beat Poole at home, they too will be included in the play off, with all three teams finishing on 10 points.
Expect fireworks around the Ashmore Park area of Wolverhampton on 9th October!
Wednesfield 96 points, Ipswich 83 Points
Wednesfield Aces claimed their 4th successive Knock out Cup title at Horspath earlier today beating Ipswich by 13 points. Wednesfield took the early initiative after Ipswich’s Jamie Chittock was excluded in the first heat for moving at the tapes. With the Midlands side claiming 6 heat wins in the first half, Ipswich were always going to be on the back foot but spirited rides from Ipswich’s Charlie Rumbold kept the Suffolk team in with a shout of the match.
Ipswich came out of the break fighting back, taking wins in the first four heats of the 2nd half. Josh Brooke finding the legs on the tight Horspath track to claim 2 hard fought wins in heats 10 and 12 to bring them to within 5 points of Wednesfield but it would be The Aces who had the strength in depth when it mattered and although Ipswich gave a good account, Wednesfield just kept adding the extra points to their score when it mattered, the ground work already put in during the opening heats. The match done and dusted by heat 18.
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Wednesfield's Ben Mould and Lauren Hookway became British Champions for the first time in a dramatic day at Exeter on Bank Holiday Monday in the British Individual Championships.
The 2016 Open Final saw two former champions withdraw before a wheel was turned. Four time champion Lee Aris, who qualified from the Southampton semi-final, withdrew following a recurrence of a back injury.
2010 British Champion Mark Boaler also missed out as the result of being caught up in traffic following a serious accident, which closed the M5 motorway.
Reigning World Over 40s champion, Craig Marchant, replaced Aris, whilst three time champion, Andy Angell, who initially missed out on qualifying from the Poole semi final, won a run-off against Hethersett’s Olly Buxton and Stockport’s Ben Higham, to take Boaler’s place. Buxton and Higham took the reserve spots.
Charlie Rumbold, the 2015 runner-up, Ben Mould, Myke Grimes and Angell won the first four races, before Angell made it two from two in heat 5 ahead of Paul Heard, Mould and Rumbold.
World number two Chris Timms made full use of his two grid ones in heats 8 and 9 to move onto 11 points. Angell then suffered his first defeat at the hands of 2015 champion Zac Payne in heat 12, while Grimes secured another race win in heat 10.
Heat 13, Lewis Osborne took his second win of the afternoon, but in heat 14, Leicester veteran, Dave Hemsley, the most decorated rider in the sport and back in the British Final after 11 years, rolled back the years to take the win ahead of Mark Carmichael and Andy Angell, on the track where he won his first title in 1992.
Mould and Payne took their second wins in heats 15 and 16. This meant with four heats to go, Mould, Angell and Timms led the way with 13 points each, with Grimes and Osborne on 12, while Rumbold, Payne and Heard were not out of it on 11 a piece.
Of the top three riders going into the last four races, Timms was first to take his last ride in heat 18, but ran a last in a race which was won by debutant Ashley Hill.
Angell was next to take his last ride but fell and brought down Lee Kemp to earn himself an exclusion as being the cause of the stoppage. Grimes took the win to leave himself on 16 points, in the lead and sweating on the outcome of heat 20, which Mould needed to win to clinch the title.
Heat 20 will be one of the most talked about races in Cycle Speedway. Payne led the way from Osborne and Carmichael with Mould at the back.
If the race had stayed that way then Grimes would have been crowned champion, but coming out of the pits bend on the final corner of the final lap of the meeting, Payne and Carmichael tangled and brought down Osborne in the process, leaving Mould to slide through as the winner.
Attention immediately turned to referee, Colin Simmons, who deemed it as a “racing incident”, meaning that Mould won the race and became the first Welsh rider to win the championship with heartbreak at the death for Grimes.Osborne picked up his bike and walked over the line for second in the race and third overall.
Post match, the newly crowned champion, Ben Mould said: "Going into the last race I knew it had to be second place for a run off.
"It was an uphill task off gate four, and for three and three quarter laps I was out of it. I thought my chance had gone, but I tried to pass Lewis, and coming out of the bend I couldn't believe Zac and Mark had fallen, but wasn't sure if I had won it.I feel relieved more than anything that I've finally won it, and it's great to be the first Welsh winner of the British title."
Ben Mould 17, Myke Grimes 16, Lewis Osbourne 15, Chris Timms 14, Andy Angell 13, Zac Payne 13, Paul Heard 13, Charlie Rumbold 13, Lee Kemp 12, Mark Carmichael 11, Jack Harrold 10, Aaron Herbert 10, Dave Hemsley 10, Jake Read 9, Ashley Hill 9, Craig Marchant
Exeter’s Lauren Hookway followed up her success in the European Ladies Championship at Poole, by becoming the new British Ladies Champion on her home circuit with an immaculate maximum.
Poole’s Macie Schmidt, crowned British Under 16 Girls champion the day before took the runner-up position, dropping her only point to Hookway.
Of the four races that Schmidt won, her first race, heat 3, saw her defeat the outgoing champion Vicky Brown from Sheffield from the outside grids.
Brown, the reigning World Ladies Champion, took the final spot on the rostrum with 18 points, her other dropped point also coming at the hands of Hookway.
Leicester’s Elizabeth Rigley finished fourth with 16 points with a battling display. European Ladies number 3, Kristina Mines of Poole, survived a heavy crash in the initial attempt to run heat 17, but picked herself up to finish second and tied for fifth on 15 points with former World Ladies Champion Laura Watson.
The 2014 British Ladies Champion Charlie-Jane Herbert, racing on her former home track, finished tied seventh, after surviving a clash with Leicester’s Chole Whitehead in the last race, which saw the Leicester rider excluded for “not leaving enough room for an opponent”,
according to referee Mike Legge.Another former champion, Leicester’s Lucy Whitehead, couldn’t repeat her showing from the European Championships, finishing up tied ninth.
Lauren Hookway 20, Macie Schmidt 19, Vicky Brown 18, Elizabeth Rigley 16, Laura Watson 15, Krissy Mines 15, Michelle Whitehead 14, Charlie-Jane Herbert 14, Lucy Whitehead 11, Chloe Preston-Albin 11, Niamh Morton 9, Sammi Marsh 9, Sophie Middleton 9, Jenna Whitehead 7, Chloe Whitehead 6.
Wednesfield Aces 118 points . Bury Comets 60 points
Wednesfield trounced visitors Bury today in the quarter finals of the British Team Knock Out Cup. The current holders made light work of securing their place in the semi finals at Horspath on September 11th, against a weakened Bury team, running home 118 points to 60.
Wednesfield started the day taking the opening 3 heats 7-3 which set the tone of the match, even though Bury put up a hard fight the end result wasn’t a real reflection of the match but the Aces had stronger gates then the visitors and once out of the first bend Bury really had no answer to the home side. Bury took a consolation heat win in heat 13 when the Wednesfield pair of Mark Griffiths and Ben Mould had a misunderstanding on the second lap allowing Chris Parish to attack and take the win, the only Bury win of the match.
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Shane Bentley took the World Champion title back to Australia in an enthralling junior match. Bentley had to take the win in the final heat of the day to take a straight win from Poland’s Michal Sassek while Britain’s Matt Hill had to be content with third place overall after finishing second in the previous heat.
Wednesfield’s Brandon Whetton took the win in the day’s opening heat, Whetton,familiar to the long Ashmore Park track was arguably a pre race favourite and looked comfortable in front of a huge crowd. Heat two saw Haydn Rowley take the win from the gate, Rowley, again familiar to the track used his knowledge to ride on the front for the four points. With wins from Richard Fellgett and Matt Hill in the following heats, the British riders were in control after the opening four heats. Reece Pollitt(Australia) took a solid win in heat five to bring his match back on track after a poor opening heat while Bentley took his first match win in the following heat after the second restart. Sassek took a fine win in heat seven, the pole slipping inside of Whetton on the final bend to take the four points. David Bas took two back to back wins in heats eight and nine to go into the mid race break on top of the leader board with ten points, Sassek took the win in heat ten after passing Whetton on the second lap and holding his line to the flag, the Pole sitting in second place, one point adrift of Bas.
Wheaton came out of the break to take the win over Bentley, the Australian unable to make any kind of pass on the race winner. Fellgett, held off Hill in the following heat to take the points after making his move on the second lap, Hill unable to take the front position back. Heat sixteen saw Whetton, once again take the win and the points from Bas, the Pole unable to respond to Whetton’s speed. With four heats remaining Whetton had only dropped one point after four races and had taken the lead over Bentley, Sassek and Bas were third equal with thirteen points.
Sassek took the win in heat seventeen to finish his day on seventeen points and now had to wait for three heats to see if he had done enough to secure the title. Whetton took to the gate in the penultimate heat knowing second would bring the title to the Midlands, a nervous heat saw Mateusz Radomski excluded and then another restart making the start grid tense and in the third restart it was Whetton who moved and was excluded, his World title dream over as he walked back to the pits. Bentley made no mistake in the final heat to take his third win of the day and the World title.
Shane Bentley 18Pts, Michal Sassek 17Pts, Matt Hill 16Pts, Brandon Whetton 15Pts, David Bas 15Pts,
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Vicky Brown was crowned World Champion in the womens event.The Team GB captain rode a faultless match to take the win with twenty points and was arguably a cut above the rest of the field although pre race the money could have gone on probably five riders who had a realistic chance of lifting the trophy.
Brown took an easy win in the opening heat of the match to take the four points, Australia’s Lucy Milliken worked hard to pass Lauren Jacobs on the second lap in the following heat to claim the win and the four points but the Australian would see her match fall apart as the day progressed. Laura Watson looked on for her first win of the match in heat three but Zaneta Siemiandwska had her sights on the title and the European Champion fought hard to pass Watson for the win. Letitia Collins took the win in heat four but Lucy Whitehead took three points after a lunge across the line to pass Macie Schmidt for second. Brown fled out of the gate in heat six to take an important win from Collins and Siemiandwska, the two having to fight it out for second and third. Lucy Whitehead took her first win of the match in heat seven again leaving it until the finish to nudge just in front of Charlie Jayne Herbert for the win. Michelle Whitehead took the win in heat eight to bring her match back on track. Brown took her third win in heat ten going into the mid way point on twelve points, Hookway and Collins two points adrift in second and third respectively.
Coming out of the break Hookway took her second win of the day but a great pass on the final bend by Collins on Krissy Mines saw the Australian take second and keep her title hopes alive. Michelle Whitehead took the win in the following heat after a race long battle with Siemiandwska to keep her hopes alive for a podium place. Heat fourteen and another straightforward win by Brown which would give her a podium but the Sheffield rider looked favourite for the title. A first and second in heats sixteen and seventeen from Lucy Whitehead saw the Leicester rider finish her day on sixteen points and finish fourth overall while a second from Siemiandwska in her final heat gave the Polish girl three points and fifth overall.
A win in heat eighteen by Brown secured a maximum and the World crown and with Hookway taking second it would be down to the final heat to decide the final podium positions. Collins had to win in the final race of the day to secure second overall but Michelle Whitehead rode a great race to take her third race of the day and with Collins finishing on seventeen points, the runner up spot would be down to a run off between the Australian and Hookway. Hookway making no mistake in the run off to take the win and a British 1-2.
Vicky Brown 20Pts, Lauren Hooky 17Ps, Letitia Collins 17Ps, Lucy Whitehead 16Pts, Zaneta Siemiandwska 15Pts
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Bartel Grabowski took the World title after a controversial decision in the run off to decide the match between the Pole and Team GB’s Chris Timms after a match that hung in the balance from start to finish. Grabowski was arguably the favourite to lift the title but Timms proved to be a match for any rider on the day and had the decider tied up until the referee decision of obstruction went against the Birmingham rider.
Timms took the first heat after a restart, nerves getting the better of the riders that saw all but Marcin Szymanski crash on the opening bend, Timms last to stand up from the floor, holding his elbow and looking in pain.Timms took a brilliant gate to hold off Bobby McMillan to take the four points, Szymanski was slow to leave the starting grid and had to fight from the back to take third place. Another re start in the following heat saw Marcin Paradzinski excluded for taking out Mark Carmichael, the win taken by Lukasz Nowacki, Paul Heard took second after passing Carmichael on the second lap. Grabowski took the win in the following heat to open up his account, Joel Chadwick(Australia) kept Chris Jewkes at bay to take second. Heat four saw British Champion Andy Angell take his first of two wins and with another win in heat six looked as though he had left his best performance of the Championships until the final day. Heat five saw Ben Mould take the win but a race long fight between McMillan and Nowacki saw the Australian snatch second place on the line. Grobowski was no match for Mark Boaler in heat seven and had to be content with second but proved too strong for Timms and took what would be a valuable point off the GB rider. A win in heat eight looked on the cards for Paradzinski but a World Champions move on the last but one bend saw Szymanski muscle into the lead to take the win. Heat ten saw a win from Nowacki after two exclusion for Joel Chadwick and Zac Payne respectively and going into the break saw the Pole on ten points, one point adrift of Grabowski.
Timms came out of the break to take the win in heat eleven and a great pass on the final lap saw Angell take second off Paradzinski. Carmichael’s match was over on heat thirteen, deemed to move at the gate the referee excluded the Newport rider and after verbally attacking the official was match banned. Bobby McMillan took the win in the restart crossing the line on the back wheel just a tyre width in front of Joel Chadwick. Angel was left to roll across the line in third after damaging his bike on the opening lap. With Grabowski taking the win in heat fourteen, Timms had to respond in the following heat and although Cody Chadwick made a move on the last bend Timms had to throw everything across the line for the win. Heat seventeen saw McMillan take a straightforward win to finish on fifteen points and a win for Szymanski in the final heat, third place would be down to a run off. Timms took the win in the penultimate heat to finish on eighteen points and a nervous wait on the final heat to see what Grabowski would do. With Szymanski taking the win and Grabowski second the title would be down to a run off to decide the match.
Szymanski took the win in the decider for third, the former World Champion proving too strong for McMillan.
In the decider for the title Timms won the toss and took the inside grid, a match that would be tactical for the opening laps, no one rider giving an inch until the third lap when Timms started to pull away on the top bend, Grabowski looking to slip just behind the Birmingham rider but the referee deciding Timms caused an obstruction and awarded the race and the title to the Pole.
Bartek Grabowski 18Pts, Chris Timms 18Pts, Marcin Szymanski 15Pts, Bobby McMillan 15 Pts,, Lukasz Nowacki 14Pts, Andy Angell 14 Pts, Mark Boaler 14 Pts
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POLAND V ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA V WALES
In the senior match it was Poland who retained their World title in a match where gate one would play a deciding factor in the outcome of the day.
The opening heat saw the first win of the day from Greg Gluchowski, firing off gate one the Pole was unstoppable, England got off to their worst start possible with Myke Grimes crashing with Australia’s Shane Bently that saw the Englishman left to roll across the line in last place. Heat two gave Poland back to back wins with Marcin Szymanski away from the gate and proving too strong for the rest of the race, England’s Andy Angell slipping in the second lap saw the British Champion resigned to last place. England’s captain Paul Heard had to regroup the team and in heat three Heard gave the crowd what they asked for with a fine ride to take the four points and keep the hosts with a slim chance of crawling their way back. Heat four saw Poland take their third win of the match with a win from Binkowski, Australia’s Joel Chadwick claimed second after a hard race with Wales’ Mark Carmichael. England’s Andy Angell had to be content with fourth.
After the opening four heats it was Poland with a comfortable lead over Wales, Australia and England respectively.
England had to find something to turn their match around and going off the inside gate in the following heats to the break had to be their chance. Chris Timms stepped up to the mark in heat five taking the lead on the opening corner and holding that lead to the flag to give the hosts their second win of the day. The following heat, once again was won by England after a great ride from Myke Grimes and with Mark Carmichael claiming second and Australia’s Cody Chadwick crossing the line in third the Poles were beginning to slip. England were looking confident and with the experience of Lee Aris in heat seven bringing the hosts another win the mood in the crowd began to rise. Heat eight saw another Paul Heard win and England’s fourth in a row and with Wales’ Ben Mould taking second the leader board had been turned on its head, England going into the break level pegging with Poland on twenty three points, Wales had moved to eighteen points while Australia brought up the rear two points adrift.
The opening heat after the break saw Mark Carmichael take his and Wales’ first win of the match after a wheel on wheel fight with Heard and Szymanski, England now leading the match for the first time but it was Gluchowski in heat ten who would steady Poland’s ship, holding Aris on the first bend the Pole held on the take Poland’s first win since heat four. Wales were using their gate one well with Ben Mould taking the win in heat eleven but it was second place from Grabowski that turned the match back to Poland. England needed to get a good place in the following heat but Australia’s Joel Chadwick took the race win and with Wales’ Nicky Evans taking second the match was back in Poland’s hands.
The final four heats were all to play for but with England off from gate four it would be a tall order for the hosts. Heat fifteen saw Poland’s Grabowski take his first heat win of the match and with Mould claiming second it looked to be all but over for England. Cody Chadwick took Australia’s second win of the day in the following heat and with Binkowski crossing the line in second the match had turned back to the Poles. Gluchowski took Poland’s sixth win in heat fifteen and Poland were once agin World Champions. England took the silver medal on a day that maybe with a better draw could have took the title. Wales took the bronze after a run off with Australia’s Joel Chadwick.
POLAND 47 Points
ENGLAND 39 Points
WALES 37 Points
AUSTRALIA 37 Points
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Poland v England v Australia v Wales Junior match
Poland took the honours in both the junior and the senior matches today(Sunday) at Poole’s Harbourside Park track, to once again claim the World Championship titles, holding off a hard fought challenge by England.
The opening clash of the day saw the juniors take to the grid, again the Poles started as favourites to take the title but England fielded a strong looking five man team, captained by Richard Fellgett, the host nation didn’t give the Poles an easy time in the sixteen heat match.
Shane Bentley(Australia) took the opening heat from Poland’s David Bas in a straight forward race that saw England’s Matt Hill and Carl Parfitt(Wales) clash on the opening lap, the two having to be content with 3rd and 4th. Poland got into their stride in the following two heats, wins from Radek Kochanek and Michael Sassek put the World Champions in a strong position over the rest of the field and with a second place in heat four from Artur Reszelewski and Australia taking their second win of the match, the writing was on the wall for both England and Wales. Heat five saw England bring in Brandon Whetton to replace Aaron Smith and a change of fortune, Whetton getting a storming gate over Bentley and Kochanek gave the hosts their first win of the match and back into the reckoning. Although Poland took the wins in the following three heats, three strong second places from Fellgett, Hill and Jess Moore took England into the break seven points adrift in second place, Australia slipped back to third and Wales brought up the rear in fourth.
England didn’t really take the chance to capitalise on their grid ones in the following four heats on a track that was riding in favour of grid one, Poland’s Sassek jumped away from the gate in heat nine to take his third win of the match while Bentley held on to second place over Whetton. England regrouped in heats ten and twelve, Aaron Smith and Matt Hill both taking wins to keep their chances alive, Australia looked to have lost their way somewhat with three last places in heats ten through twelve allowing Wales to take two second places and valuable points for the bronze medal.
The final four heats saw England finding their potential, a spirited third place in heat thirteen from Whetton seemed to give a much needed boost to the hosts, a fine win in the following heat from Hill against arguably the best junior in the World, Sassek gave England a faint hope of the title The penultimate round saw Fellgett take the checkered flag from Australia’s Brodie Charlson and Kochanek stumbled across the line in last but even though Aaron Smith took the win in the final heat, Poland took second and
POLAND 51 Points
ENGLAND 47 Points
AUSTRALIA 36 Points
WALES 26 Points
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Ben Mould’s 18 points secured the victory in the Dash trophy meeting at Ashmore Park (Saturday 14th). The rangy Welshman as always rode a workman like final to take a clear victory in the seasons opening clash of the sport’s top riders. Paul Heard took second after a run off with Damien Zareba who was excluded for barging the Wednesfield rider off the track. Lee Aris, still a rider who can pull a result out of the bag took fourth after dropping three points in the ninth heat. Greg Gluchowski virtually had the match tied up until his final race in heat sixteen when he finished in fourth place. 2014 champion Andy Angel’s meeting took a nosedive in his 3rd race, winning his first two heats the pre race favourite looked set to repeat the previous years result but with exclusions and a no start the Hull rider was left to rue the day.
Ben Mould 18pts, Paul Heard 17pts, Damien Zareba 17pts, Lee Aris 16pts, Greg Gluchowski 16pts, Ben Scranage 15pts, Bobby Mcmillan 15pts,