Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Speedway: Glasgow Retain Pair S Crown

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Speedway: Glasgow Retain Pair S Crown

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JOSEF Franc and George Stancl captured third place for Newcastle in yesterday's Premier League Pairs at Glasgow, where Shane Parker and Danny Bird retained the title for the host club.

Franc was the top scorer during the group stage with his three victories and one third place counting for 14 points under the special scoring format in pairs racing of 4-3-2-0.

Stancl, who had partnered Parker to last year's triumph by the Tigers, won the Diamonds' other qualifying race against Edinburgh.

Newcastle topped their group to set up a semi-final showdown against Glasgow only for Franc to make his worst start of the afternoon, enabling Parker and Bird to settle into the middle places for a 5-4 win despite Stancl taking the chequered flag.

Somerset had dominated the other group but suffered a shock defeat by Sheffield in the second semi-final to leave them facing the Diamonds for third place.

Rebels captain Magnus Zetterstrom crashed and was excluded, leaving Franc and Stancl the simple task of following round Emil Kramer to grab a 5-4 success and make the podium.

Bird led the whole of the final and Parker's third place kept the trophy in Glasgow's hands.

Results - Group A: Newcastle 25 (George Stancl 11, Josef Franc 14), Sheffield 21 (Ricky Ashworth 8, Ben Wilson 13), King's Lynn 21 (Daniel Nermark 13, Kevin Doolan 8), Edinburgh 12 (Derek Sneddon 3, William Lawson 9), Rye House 11 (Robert Ksiezak 5, David McAllan 6 - both guests from Glasgow due to Rye House's injury list) - Sheffield qualified by virtue of beating King's Lynn 5-4 in their heat against each other.

Group B: Somerset 26 (Magnus Zetterstrom 13, Emil Kramer 13), Glasgow 20 (Shane Parker 8, Danny Bird 12), Workington 17 (James Wright 12, Tomasz Piszcz 5), Stoke 15 (Mark Lemon 8, Paul Thorp 7), Mildenhall 12 (Jason Lyons 12, Jon Armstrong 0). …

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