Monarchs rev up and land Scottish Cup
Race off against Glasgow squad
at the second corner and holding on to ensure his side took the title.
Starke had won the two final heats against the odds to make sure the tie went into the extra heat, but was unable to make it three on the bounce as he was edged out by the American.
Edinburgh co- promoter Alex Harkess praised both sets of riders after an entertaining evening, saying: “Full marks to both teams for putting on a show. We’ve had one or two disappointments lately, so I didn’t want to let this one slip.”
Monarchs had held the upper-hand all night without being able to gain an aggregate advantage.
A 5-1 between Wells and captain Erik Riss in heat 13 saw the scores tied prior to the drama of the two final heats.
Richie Worrall, racing for Edinburgh against his former team, locked up badly on the first corner of the penultimate heat with Starke ensuring a 3-3 split with the win.
It took three attempts to get the final heat up and running and Starke again was in fine form, getting the better of both Wells and Riss from the gate.
He wouldn’t get the better of Wells in the run-off, though, as the home side secured the Scottish Cup for a 24th time.
In truth, the trophy is scant consolation in what has been a season that promised much, but failed to deliver for the Armadale-based side.
Match winner Ricky Wells