Di­a­monds close but Lake­side scrape vic­tory

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LAKE­SIDE HAM­MERS NEW­CAS­TLE DI­A­MONDS 48 42

DE­SPITE a heroic per­for­mance away last night the New­cas­tle Boiler Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices Di­a­monds just failed to come up with an away vic­tory against Lake­side in a meet­ing raced at Rye House Speed­way due to the clo­sure of the Ham­mers’ home track, writes

The BTS Di­a­monds fell be­hind early when Lake­side took con­sec­u­tive 5 – 1 heat re­sults to lead by eight points but be­gan their come­back in the fifth race as Lud­vig Lind­gren and Ash­ley Mor­ris took an away 5 – 1 to half the deficit.

From there the meet­ing see-sawed with ev­ery ef­fort that the home side made to stretch the gap thwarted by a New­cas­tle side that re­ally dug in and filled the mi­nor places on many oc­ca­sions. Lind­gren lead from the front and top-scored along with Fin­nish flyer Tero Aarnio as the duo both net­ted, paid 11 points from the rides.

It was that duo that gave the Di­a­monds a real chance of a draw and two league points as Lind­gren com­ing in as tac­ti­cal sub­sti­tute in heat 11, part­nered with Aarnio to 5 – 1 to help his side go in to the last race look­ing for a sim­i­lar re­sult.

Un­for­tu­nately, the duo could not re­peat the ef­forts of the pre­vi­ous race and the home side’s Richard Law­son se­cured a 4 – 2 home ad­van­tage that saw them edge a thrilling con­test by six points, mean­ing New­cas­tle had the con­so­la­tion of a sin­gle point - the least their ef­forts de­served.

The Di­a­monds are back in ac­tion tonight in a bumper programme of rac­ing at New­cas­tle’s Foss­way track to end a season which many thought would never see the light of day way back in the months of last win­ter. The SGB Cham­pi­onship match-up sees The BTS Di­a­monds take on their old foes from Cum­bria.

The Work­ing­ton Comets are in Toon and The Di­a­monds will be keen to send their loyal home fans in to the win­ter months with a farewell vic­tory safe in the knowl­edge that it has al­ready been con­firmed that Speed­way will re­turn to Ty­ne­side for it’s 90th season in 2019. Af­ter the se­niors meet­ing it’s the Bri­tish Youth Cham­pi­onship 150cc Fi­nal with 8 rid­ers com­pet­ing over 8 qual­i­fy­ing heats plus a win­ner-takes-all fi­nal. Com­pet­ing in this event are two New­cas­tle Gems rid­ers, Archie Free­man and Daniel Smith.

Free­man who re­cently won the North­ern Ju­nior Rid­ers Cham­pi­onship at Ed­in­burgh and has been dom­i­nant so far in this year’s se­ries will be the red-hot favourite to win his first Bri­tish ti­tle and give the North East a Bri­tish Cham­pion. But the 7 other rid­ers in­clud­ing team-mate Smith who has done re­ally well to make the fi­nal in his first season in the sport will no doubt have other ideas.

What should be a ter­rific night of ac­tion at Brough Park gets un­der­way at the ear­lier start time of 17:30pm, one hour be­fore the nor­mal tapes-up time for New­cas­tle.

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