Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diamonds Find Challenge Too Steep a Leap; SPEEDWAY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diamonds Find Challenge Too Steep a Leap; SPEEDWAY

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Ipswich Witches .............................. 64 Newcastle Diamonds ...................... 32 (Ipswich win 110-76 on aggregate) NEWCASTLE Diamonds' dream of shocking Elite League opponents Ipswich were dashed last night as the Suffolk side's class came through in the second leg of this promotion/relegation race-off.

The Tynesiders arrived in East Anglia raring to give it a go despite having lost the home leg 46-44, but there was no glorious end after a long league season for George English's men.

The odds were stacked against the Diamonds, but in a stunning heat one Kenni Larsen, out-gated by Scott Nicholls, roared right up along side the experienced British international and for two laps gave him one of the hardest races of his season.

Stand-in skipper Rene Bach couldn't match his efforts in heat three as he ended up at the back as guest replacement for Mark Lemon. Chris Mills took an early lead, but was soon passed by Danny King and Ales Dryml in three laps.

King took his second win in the fifth, but behind Larsen, nearly pipping the leader in the line, and a fine ride from reserve Adam McKinna held Czech International racer Dryml at the rear in a shared 3-3 result, but the Premier visitors still had to reach double figures, 22-8. Nicholls took heat six with ease, while Chris Slabon was right up Robson's exhaust pipe until he managed to sneak past on the finish line in a 5-1. In heat seven Mills fell and Bach went into him, and the referee excluded Bach for the stoppage, before, after extensive consultation with managers and riders, reversing his decision and reinstating Bach.

In the re-run, without Mills and fearing a shoulder injury, Bach just couldn't get on even terms with his Elite League opponents who hammered in yet another 5-1 as Newcastle finally made it to 10, with Ipswich holding a 78-54 aggregate lead.

Robson came out in the eighth as a tactical ride for double points and jetted from the gate leaving Slabon and Hawkins in his wake, but McKinna suffered an engine failure restricting the race to a Diamonds' 3-6 as Robson took Newcastle to 16, still 19 behind Ipswich's 35 on the night.

Robson won the ninth as well in another 3-3, drawing on all his Elite League experience before the home dominance returned with another 5-1 in heat 10, before Larsen came out in 11 as a tactical double. …

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