Speedway: Tigers new rider Roynon is Top Gun

Ryan Douglas leads in heat two
Ryan Douglas leads in heat two
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Sheffield’s Adam Roynon showed just what a vital weapon he could be for Sheffield this year by winning the Top Gun Individual event last night.

Tigers new boy Roynon, signed in place of Jake Knight last month, has had a difficult time since returning to the sport from a head injury but he put in a masterful performance on a warm summer evening at Owlerton.

It was an intriguing battle between some brand new faces and then some promising British youngsters, but it was the classiest and most experienced man in the field who rose to the top.

Roynon won his first three races in style but he was beaten by the equally impressive Steve Worrall in heat 13, and then lost out to Somerset’s Kyle Newman in the last qualifying race - meaning he had to go through the semi-final.

The Cumbrian duly won his semi-final, with fellow Tiger Facundo Albin joining him in the final, and they were up against Worrall and Newman.

Roynon made the gate and when Newman’s pursuit finished as he got out of shape, it was left for the British star to coast home and record his first big Owlerton victory ahead of a delighted home crowd.

Club owner Neil Machin gave four new riders the chance to impress.

n Scores; Roynon 12+3, Newman 13+2, Albin 12+1, Worrall 12, Douglas 12, Itture 10, Chessell 10, Hopwood 8, Benko 7, Koppe 7, Payne 5, Priest 4, Sims 3, Williamson 2, Anderson 2, Phillips 1.