Speedway Report: Sheffield Tigers 58 Berwick Bandits 32

Lasse Bjerre leads David Howe ,Jan Graversen and Aaron Summers Ht 5
Lasse Bjerre leads David Howe ,Jan Graversen and Aaron Summers Ht 5
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Champions Sheffield taught Championship leaders Berwick a lesson as they shot up the league table with a 58-32 victory at Owlerton.

Tigers, who went into the clash bottom of the pile, secured a much needed win to move up to seventh.

Todd Kurtz leads Kyle Howarth ,Nicolaj Busk Jacobsen Ht 6

Todd Kurtz leads Kyle Howarth ,Nicolaj Busk Jacobsen Ht 6

Sheffield’s top four of Lasse Bjerre, Charles Wright, Todd Kurtz and Kyle Howarth all went unbeaten in a terrific team effort.

Howarth and Kurtz were untouchable as a duo at No.1 and No.2 with the former making two flying starts in Heats One and Six, with his team-mate soon joining him for two important maximums early on.

Bjerre was also in the mood, pulling off identical manoeuvres in the third and fifth, charging around his opponents out of bend two on the opening lap of each occasion.

With the outside line working wonders, it was Wright’s turn to fly around the Bandits, this time to deny them a 5-1 as they looked for a way back early on.

Todd Kurtz leads Kyle Howarth ,Aaron Summers and Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen Ht 1

Todd Kurtz leads Kyle Howarth ,Aaron Summers and Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen Ht 1

Already leading by eight, Tigers were able take full advantage of a mixture of bad luck and errors for the visitors in the seventh. As Howe attempted a move around Jack Smith, the experienced campaigner got sucked into the air fence and was disqualified from the re-run. But skipper Kevin Doolan tried to anticipate that start and was also thrown out for touching the tapes. Berwick drafted in reserve Dany Gappmaier, but Wright team rode nicely with Smith before nipping in front for two-out-of-two.

Kurtz made another textbook start to win his third straight race in the eighth, but as James Shanes switched back to the inside to line-up Gappmaier on lap three, the reserve lifted violently, came slamming to the ground and was withdrawn with an ankle injury.

Berwick rolled the dice in the ninth nominating Doolan as a tactical substitute – but that was when the leaders must have realised it definitely wasn’t their night. The Aussie shot past the Tigers pairing and was leading comfortably, before mechanical gremlins crept in, handing the 5-1 back to the hosts.

Leading by 16, the Tigers were never going to be caught and finished strongly adding three further 5-1s to their tally and winning five of the final six races.

Tigers are back in action next Thursday (June 21, 7.30) when they welcome three-time British Champion Chris Harris and his Glasgow side to the steel city.

SHEFFIELD 58: Lasse Bjerre 15, Todd Kurtz 13+2, Charles Wright 12, Kyle Howarth 9+3, Jack Smith 6+1, Jan Graversen 3+1, James Shanes 0.

BERWICK 32: Dany Gappmaier 11+2, David Howe 7+1, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 5, Kevin Doolan 5, Theo Pijper 3+1, Aaron Summers 1+1, Jye Etheridge R/R.