Max lifts first UK tro­phy in style

Amer­i­can ace is Cale­do­nian Rid­ers’champ

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Cal­lum Carson

Ed­in­burgh Staggs Bar Mon­archs ace Max Ruml was crowned Cale­do­nian Rid­ers’ cham­pion on his home track on Fri­day night.

It was a huge con­fi­dence boost for the Amer­i­can ace as he needed to prove against some use­ful Cham­pi­onshiplevel rid­ers that he is set­tling in and mak­ing progress in the UK.

He cer­tainly man­aged that in style with a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory.

After­wards, a de­lighted Ruml said: “Com­ing into this meet­ing I hadn’t been scor­ing big points at Ar­madale. I made some good times and good starts, gained come con­fi­dence and I feel it will do a lot for me in the weeks to come. I don’t know what went on be­hind me in the fi­nal, I was busy look­ing for­ward.

“It will be one to re­mem­ber, my first tro­phy in Great Bri­tain.”

Tom Ba­con may have started the meet­ing best, Coty Gar­cia may have gated best (un­til the fi­nal), and Nathan Greaves may have pulled off the best pass, but Ruml was the main man in the end.

Af­ter a third place in a tough open­ing race, he dom­i­nated his three re­main­ing qual­i­fiers fol­lowed by the semi-fi­nal and fi­nal, win­ning each in some style.

Gar­cia was the top qual­i­fy­ing scorer on 11, with Ruml and Ba­con both scor­ing 10. Gar­cia and Jor­dan Ste­wart went through from the first semi-fi­nal, and from the sec­ond it was Ruml and Nathan Greaves who went through.

It hadn’t been a great night early on for Greaves, who is a Wolver­hamp­ton reg­u­lar – he had an un­lucky fall in heat six thanks to a me­chan­i­cal de­fect af­ter go­ing in­side Gar­cia.

How­ever he bounced back with a last-gasp win in heat 12 and a sec­ond place in the fi­nal. Ste­wart was third with Gar­cia fourth af­ter miss­ing the gate for the first time.

Amongst the Scots, Ryan Mac­Don­ald won his first ride which was enough to win him the pair of Scott Gog­gles do­nated by Bert Harkins.

That prize might have gone to Wil­liam Law­son had he not lifted and fallen in his first heat. By heat 10 Wil­liam had re­mem­bered enough about rid­ing Ar­madale to pass El­lis Perks im­pres­sively. Each of the younger Scots looked like they had made progress since the pre­vi­ous event.

It may well have been a “Cale­do­nian” event, but the hap­pi­est man was def­i­nitely Amer­i­can and Ruml will be hop­ing he can take that form into his Mon­archs rides as the sea­son con­tin­ues.


Win­ner Mon­archs’ ace Max Ruml was in fine form

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