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DOMINANT FOUR-CE

Pirates bag 4TT, again

Last years runners-up Pennsylvania landed their third 4TT trophy win in five years, Kevin Dobinson—the only survivor of their SL18 winning quartet—leading the Pirates to a comfortable 30 point aggregate victory over an inconsistent Colney Hatch side. It was Colney Hatch that led after leg one, they making themselves favourites to claim a maiden success in the competition in what was their tenth appearance in the final by winning at March, the hosts and Pirates left lagging as John Flitton and Ivan Misencik both picked up a brace of heat wins in the meeting. The Crusaders advantage though slipped away in leg two at injury hit holders Rugby, the Pirates the ones to make the most of the absence of Roy Frain, with Dobinson recovering from a heat one defeat to Valeri Elin to win his next three, including in the final race in which Crusaders number one Teddy Thylander (4) finished last. It was another ‘miss’ for Thylander and Colney Hatch at Pennsylvania in leg three, just four points from the Swede and one heat win in total from their quartet as the Pirates four racked up 11 race victories between them, by the end of the contest Pennsylvania had a 30 point lead over March, who’d worked their way up into second. It was back to winning ways for Colney Hatch on their own track in leg four, however the damage had been done and again the Pirates were strong, all but Florian Schroeder winning a race for them in the leg and even he scored points in every race he contested, Lehel Sardi (11) the top scorer for them this time, while Rafal Robakiewicz kept up his record of winning a race in every leg of the final with a heat 15 success over Tom Clarke.

TODAY: Shorts

The 4TT trophy is likely to be the only piece of major club silverware won by Pennsylvania in SL21, with the Pirates title hopes suffering a blow at Kent, where reserve Michael Oldfield (9+2) was one of four Spitfires to be paid in double figures as they dominated to win 57-33. Simultaneously New Forest were extending their advantage at the top of the table at Claygate, a last heat Stephen Charnock (16+1)/Kristof Muller (13+2) 5-1—the pairings third such score of the meeting—taking the Knights to their fourth away win of the campaign, 44-46, they had trailed by eight prior to the final three races. New Forest head into the final two rounds of the league season with a five point lead at the top of the standings over the Pirates, as a result of their defeat Claygate end the week bottom, three points adrift of seventh placed Rugby and safety. The Gravediggers find themselves in real trouble despite being out of the bottom three for the last three months, a home defeat to eighth placed Smethwick leaving them just points difference ahead of the Meerkats heading into the final meetings, both teams face New Forest next week.

 

Pennsylvania’s Kevin Dobinson remains on course to become the first Scottish World Champion next week, that despite finishing second to closest rival in the overall standings Risto Anttila in this weeks Czech GP. Both riders added 13 points to their respective tallies in Prague, the two separated in a race-off won by the Finn, who as a result made in two GP victories for the season but remains four points adrift of Dobinson. Third on the night went to Bryan Baah (11), the position he also occupies alongside Valeri Elin (10) in the series standings, both though are some eight points off Dobinson’s tally heading into next weeks final round in Warsaw.

 

Neil Howlett’s Glasshoughton will return to the top flight next season after just one year away, the Gazelles confirming their promotion with a 59-31 home win over an already relegated Plymouth side this week. Bridgwater are almost there also thanks to their own victory over Plymouth, last years division three champions go into the final two rounds of racing needing just a point to clinch their second successive promotion, the Baboons following up a six point success at the Pilgrims with a 49-41 home win over fourth placed Oxford, who end the week level on points with third placed Netherton and Cambridge, who lie fifth. At the other end of the standings Durham have been relegated after a 51-39 defeat at Birmingham, who host Whitemoor on the final day, one of which will likely join the Saints in division three next season.

 

March’s hopes of going up from the third tier are still alive thanks to a draw at basement side Loughton, a last heat 5-1 from Daniel Mosca (15) and Hans Berg (13+1) clinching two out of the three league points for the Manics, who end the week fourth, three points off Greensforge.

 

Pennsylvania celebrated clinching the Junior League title in record time by making it 16 straight victories at the championship stage of the season with a win double over the Euro Academy this week. Chalvington meanwhile wrapped up victory in the YDL by beating Colney Hatch home and away.

 

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