BY A DISTANCE
Dominant Colts ease to title win
Houstonare champions. It’s been a matter of when and not if for a long time now, a run of seven straight wins to start the season getting the Colts in front, a more recent sequence of 15 meetings unbeaten taking them into a position in which they would clinch the title in record breaking time. A 52-38 home win over Sedgley made their title win a mathematic certainty with five rounds of racing to spare, even Lincoln didn’t achieve that in their dominant SL4 win. Lincoln’s record points tally of 71 is now in the sights of the Colts and their promoter George Seymour, 26 wins out of 36 in that campaign for the Imps, another target for Houston to aim for in the final month of the campaign. An unchanged, consistently brilliant top three led by Blake White the backbone of the club’s success, buying the top averaged rider of SL9 at the start of pre-season certainly proving to be a sound decision, even if he did take over 11 points out of Seymour’s team building total. The 24 year old was never going to maintain that mark after stepping up to the top flight, he has though remained as the club’s number one and reached the GP series for the first time, a series he currently leads with two rounds to ride. Pushing him for the Colts number one spot has been Ludoslaw Jaworski and the second of Seymour’s big money signings, Cameron Adams, at 37 the latter proving he has still plenty of ambition despite having already won two league titles and two World Championships while at Totton. It’s not been just the top three however, the Colts couldn’t have done it without the improvement shown by Matthew Gibbs, the 23 year old adding over three points to his start of season mark, his 11 meeting stint at reserve getting the Colts off to a flyer at the start of the season, more recently teen’ Adam Carroll has picked up the baton and ran with it in that position. Two trophies—White and Jaworski won the Pairs at the beginning of the campaign—became three when Houston went on to complete a first ever victory for the club in the Division One Cup, a paid ten at reserve from Carroll helping the Colts overturn an eight point deficit from the first leg of the final against Totton this week, with the Scottish side’s aggregate success confirmed with a Adams/Carroll heat 14 5-1 in the return.
In contrast to Houston last years champions Long Eaton have had a dreadful season with a run of just two wins in their first 13 leaving them bottom of the table. They haven’t been out of the relegation zone since. Still top flight survival is not out of the question for the Rifles, far from it after this weeks results, with wins over the other two sides in the drop zone moving them to within a point of seventh placed Hallamshire, and safety. They visit Hallamshire on the final day of the campaign in what is likely to be a battle for survival, it was a win at another Yorkshire venue this week, Bradford, which has given them a real chance of avoiding the drop, second string Kaj Sorensen (11+1) unbeaten in his scheduled rides for the Rifles as they pulled off a 44-46 victory at Bodhall, the Norwegian setting up the win with victory over Robin Douglas in heat 14, Ondrej Valis’s (13) second place in the last would secure the points. Bradford have now been on the wrong end of a 44-46 score-line five times this season, with their fifth such defeat coming against Belfast later in the week, a defeat which leaves them four points adrift of safety. Meanwhile bottom side Stourbridge have already succumbed to relegation, a 55-35 defeat at Long Eaton—a meeting in which Adam Lucas at last scored his first maximum of the season—ensuring the Scorpions would finish in the bottom three for the fourth time in their last four top flight campaigns.
After their first leg win at Swindon it came as no surprise that Solihull have landed the Division Two Cup. A heat 13 win for Pavel Ivancic (13+1) over Martin Fors secured the silverware for Peter Hay’s Scorpions in this weeks return, it’s the first ever trophy won by the club, who were one of the league’s founder members back in SL1.
Relative newbies Ernsford Grange also claimed their first piece of silverware this week, Jon Hardy’s side winning the Division Three Cup in what is their third season in the sport. A 51-39 home second leg win over Leyton in this season’s final securing a six point aggregate victory for the 56ers, Christopher Young (11) winning 5-1’s in both the final two races taking them over the line.
A first career GP win for Jone Bergan (12) on his 18th attempt following a race-off victory over Sarkis Evanoff in this weeks Danish Round. The Prague and Norway star winning in Horsens after finishing 16th of 16 with just a single point last week in Long Eaton. Bergan moves up to sixth in the World Championship standings, five points off the pace set by Blake White (9), who is now out clear on his own at the top with previous joint leader Enrico Bianchi (5) dropping to fourth overall.