SCOTT Nicholls collected his sixth British title in a dramatic national speedway final at Wolverhampton last night.
Nicholls forced his way past great rival Chris Harris in a strong move on the second lap of a twice re-started Final, which also spelt despair for home star Tai Woffinden.
The Wolves man had been unbeaten from the qualifying races, but there was further drama when all four competitors in the Final came to grief on the first bend.
When they tried again, Edward Kennett surged inside Woffinden on turn four only to fall and cause Woffinden to hit the fence, leading to Kennett’s disqualification.
But Woffinden missed out at the third time of asking with Harris, after a clear jump-start, then being outdone by Nicholls who also took the Wild Card for the British Grand Prix at Cardiff.
Sheffield’s Ricky Ashworth started with a last place in his first ride after a close battle with Leigh Lanham, but he was pleased to add a second in his next outing when he followed Stuart Robson home.
However, his meeting took a turn for the worse in Heat 9 when he fell heavily on the fourth bend – and his former Tigers team-mate Richard Hall was also in the wars when he came to grief under Lanham’s challenge in Heat 5.
Ashworth then became involved in a frantic scrap with two of the event’s big guns, putting serious pressure on Nicholls on the first lap of Heat 15 before finally being overtaken by Kennett in the closing stages of the race.
And he picked up another good point in his final outing when he edged out Hall for third place after initially battling with Jordan Frampton.
QUALIFYING SCORES: Tai Woffinden 15, Chris Harris 13, Scott Nicholls 13, Edward Kennett 12, Lee Richardson 11, Ben Barker 9, Stuart Robson 8, Lewis Bridger 8, Leigh Lanham 7, Olly Allen 6, Daniel King 5, Jordan Frampton 4, Ricky Ashworth 4, Jerran Hart 2, Richard Hall 2, Tom Perry (res) 1, David Howe 0, Ashley Morris (res) 0.