Diamonds close but Lakeside scrape victory
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.