MATCH REPORT: Honours even between North & Scotland and Midlands
It finished honours even in the Supertrax Battle of Britain matches between the North & Scotland and the Midlands, at a hot and sunny Gin Pit on Sunday. Two hard fought matches were held, on a track which quickly dried out, despite heavy watering before each match. The Midlands debuted their brand new 33/18 Designs sponsored race tops for both matches.
The Midlands were the undefeated champions in last year’s elite junior series, but the North & Scotland raced to a convincing 114-83 win. All eight North & Scotland riders scored well and were all race winners, with captain Ed Morton losing only to Ewan Hancox in heat 17.
North & Scotland 114
Ed Morton 19, Adam Turnbull 18+2, Louis Wright 17+1, Michael Preston 16+1, Max Evans 14, Adam Taylor 13+1, Ciaran Collins 9+1, Lewis Foxley 8.
Ewan Hancox 13+1, Jimmy Wassall 12+2, Cameron Gill 12+2, Tyler Bould 12, Josh Whetton 12, Bartosz Pelaczyk 11+1, Jake Steel 6, Ben Wells 5.
Referee – Darren Kent (Heckmondwike)
The Midlands exacted revenge with a big 115-79 win in the elite men’s match that followed. Just four points separated the teams after heat 6, before the Midlands put in a strong run to open up a big lead. Matt Smith and Paul Heard both raced unbeaten, with solid support throughout. Pawel Idziorek, Adam Watson, Kris Ramsden and Reece Pollitt all won a race each for the North & Scotland, but 16 race winners by the Midlands tells its story.
North & Scotland 79
Adam Watson 13+1, Kris Ramsden 13, Steve Harris 12+1, Reece Pollitt 11+1, Pawel Idziorek 11, Ed Morton 7+1, Kyle Holland 7, Ciaran Collins 5.
Matt Smith 19+1, Brandon Whetton 18, Myke Grimes 17+2, Paul Heard 16, Chris Jewkes 15+4, Ricki Johnson 15+2, Lee Kemp 9, Ewan Hancox 6+1.
Referee – Graham Lush (Stockport).
Photos by Andy Whitehouse.