Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BANDITS MAULED BY HUNGRY BEARS; Speedway

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BANDITS MAULED BY HUNGRY BEARS; Speedway

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Byline: MARTIN NEAL

HOW on earth did Redcar Bears end up in a scrap to avoid the wooden spoon? That was the question manager Jitendra Duffill and everyone else at South Tees Motorsports Park was asking after they romped to a whopping 63-26 win over Berwick Bandits.

The victory was the second best in the history of Redcar Speedway, bettered only by a 64-26 thumping of the same opponents in July 2006.

Granted the Bandits are also in the battle to avoid bottom spot in the Premier League and were forced to rely on three guests and rider replacement to cover for injuries and unavailabilities.

But the Practical Car and Van Rental Bears ripped into them from the word go and never let up.

Red hot No 1 Ulrich Ostergaard romped to a 15-point maximum while Aaron Summers and fit-again Kevin Doolan were also paid for the lot.

Skipper Summers was in irresistible form, battling past both opponents off a 15-metre handicap in one ride on a night when he was also awarded the Norman Willis Memorial Trophy as the best young Bear of the year.

With the race to avoid last place and to book a place in the end of season knockout competition for teams finishing outside the playoffs, the Bears knew that defeat was not an option.

When Carl Wilkinson was sent off a 15-metre handicap for touching the tapes in the first race it looked like their night was about to get off to a bad start.

But when Claus Vissing fell for a second time with team-mate David Bellego ahead, the race was restarted.

And this time Ostergaard rode a superb first two bends to power to the front and stay there.

Wilkinson's cut-out became detached but he was able to reconnect it in the nick of time and complete a 4-2. The visitors hauled themselves back in it with a 5-1 when Matej Kus fell after a great start to heat four. But the Czech ace went unbeaten by a visitor after that as every remaining heat ended in favour of the Bears, leaving Vissing's heat three victory as the only time a Berwick rider took the chequered flag. …

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