Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears Get off to a Winning Start

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears Get off to a Winning Start

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Byline: MARTIN NEAL

NEW-LOOK Redcar Bears blew away memories of their disastrous start to last season with an emphatic 54-39 victory over Leicester Lions in last night's 2011 curtain raiser.

It took them five attempts to register a win at South Tees Motorsports Park last spring, but this year's Ridewell Tees Valley/Simpson Racing UK Bears team appears to have already exorcised the ghost of last year.

It was heat five before they had their noses in front for the first time but from there on in there was no doubt who would emerge victorious in the first leg of this home and away challenge clash.

Big money winter signing Aaron Summers was the star of the show, dropping just one point to an opponent and producing the ride of the night to pass both Richard Hall and Richard Sweetman as he partnered skipper Gary Havelock to a last heat 5-1. He looked out of it after losing a fierce battle for third, but put the bit between his teeth and, roared on by a big crowd, blasted through on the inside to slot in behind Havelock.

"I could hear bikes screaming behind me but I didn't dare look round," said Havelock.

"When we crossed the line I saw Aaron behind me and I thought maybe he'd been there all the time."

Evergreen Havelock was another rider in inspired form, with three victories and a paid win to his name. The former world champion blasted round Sweetman after a tight first turn in his opening ride, then came from the back to beat both Sergey Darkin and John Oliver two races later to follow home Stuart Robson who proved an inspired guest.

Fellow 40-something Jason Lyons romped to victory in his opening two rides while Peter Juul also had a race win to his name.

Each of the Bears reserves returned four points and you would expect both of them to improve on that as the season unfolds.

Adam Roynon lifted and fell in his opening ride, forcing team-mate Robert Branford into taking evasive action, but he's a born racer and showed what he could do by coming from the back to beat John Oliver in heat 11. …

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