Holder wins Parker farewell

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POOLE’S Australian star Chris Holder took top prize at a packed Owlerton as speedway paid tribute to his retiring countryman Shane Parker.

Holder triumphed in a dramatic four-man run-off with the quality of field such that no rider came remotely close to dominating the meeting, and many remained in contention for overall victory.

Indeed, a major upset was more than possible with former Tigers man Josh Auty showing up superbly in top company and putting himself in contention for a sensational win.

Auty was one of the four men to finish on eleven points, joined by Holder, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Peter Karlsson, with Holder’s win in Heat 20 taking out fellow contenders Freddie Lindgren and Kenneth Bjerre who could also have gone level at the top of the standings. Holder, who showed his liking for Owlerton during his Premier League days with the Isle of Wight, shot from the start in the run-off leaving a scrap for the minor places, with runners-up spot eventually taken by Iversen just ahead of Karlsson and Auty in a blanket finish.

It was a well-run meeting and a fitting way for Parker to bow out of the sport after a British career of more than two decades, including a hugely successful season with the Tigers last year.