Speedway: Cameron wins as weather strikes again

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Eastbourne’s Cameron Woodward was declared the winner of Sheffield’s Air Fence Fund Bonanza last night – as the weather once again had the final say.

The Owlerton season opener, initially postponed on Thursday, had to be abandoned after nine races due to rain at a stage where all competitors had taken three rides.

Australian star Woodward, with a nine-point maximum, was a clear leader having twice got the better of Simon Stead with those results keeping the Tigers skipper out of the top three.

Stead finished level on six points with team-mate Andre Compton and Scunthorpe’s Ashley Birks, but the count-back on race wins placed the latter duo second and third respectively, Compton recovering well from a Heat 1 last place.

Woodward’s other victory came after a fierce battle with Adam Roynon in the early stages of Heat 3, whilst Birks moved onto six points by diving inside Aaron Summers to win Heat 8.

Veteran Sam Ermolenko, at the age of 53, picked up two points by beating Tigers newcomer Taylor Poole in Heat 3 and then holding off Elite League regular Ty Proctor in Heat 6.

Poole was limited to a single point whilst the scores of Roynon and Leigh Lanham were limited by mechanical issues, although Lanham did win his opening ride.

Two reserves races were also possible before a halt was called, with Josh Bates notching wins in both ahead of fellow Sheffield youngster Simon Nielsen

Cameron Woodward 9, Andre Compton 6, Ashley Birks 6, Simon Stead 6, Aaron Summers 5, Richard Hall 5, Ty Proctor 4, Josh Auty 4, Leigh Lanham 3, Adam Roynon 3, Sam Ermolenko 2, Taylor Poole 1.