Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Title-Chasing Bears Singing in the Rain; Speedway

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Title-Chasing Bears Singing in the Rain; Speedway

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Byline: MARTIN NEAL

REDCAR'S muddy marvels defied the rain to underline their Premier League title credentials with a 53-40 win over Berwick Bandits.

Rain fell constantly throughout last night's meeting at South Tees Motorsports Park but that didn't prevent both sides from giving it everything and serving up a thoroughly entertaining match, for which riders on both teams deserve credit given the conditions.

Heat times got progressively slower, with the final heat being won in 61.3 seconds - more than nine seconds outside the track record.

But entertainment levels remained high as the Ecco Finishing Bears roared to an impressive win.

They surprisingly conceded the first heat 4-2 but immediately hit back to take a lead they were never in danger of losing, despite a determined effort from their visitors.

The Bears are now four points off the top of the PL table with two matches in hand on leaders Leicester Lions.

Heat four was a real humdinger with Aaron Summers doing well to hold off Kozza Smith early on before back-to-form Carl Wilkinson dived up the inside of the Aussie to secure a 5-1. Ulrich Ostergaard and Summers both came from the back to win before three mid-meeting 5-1s effectively ended the Bandits' hopes of coming away with anything to show for their efforts.

The second of those came after Kozza Smith finished last in the black and white tactical double helmet colour.

The second and final use of the tactical rule proved more fruitful with Great Britain international Eddie Kennett taking the chequered flag and David Bellego ensuring a 7-1 to the Bandits.

But it was soon business as usual again and Kennett's hopes of a full maximum were ended by Ostergaard who rode brilliantly to keep him at bay in heat 13 after gating first.

Bellego and Matthew Wethers combined to give the visitors a 5-1 in the last heat but by then it was too late to have any real effect on the outcome. …

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