Bandits revel in revenge in superb opening meeting


Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) 47
Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 43

SGB Championship Shield - Group Phase

After an initially contested match at Glasgow the night before, which the Tigers won 54-36, the Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) welcomed the Tigers to Shielfield Park on Saturday night with revenge on their mind, and what a cracking first race opened the proceedings in front of a massive crowd ready for top action, and that's just what they got!

Kevin Doolan found himself in third behind the two Tigers, Richie Worrall and Lewis Kerr, but the Berwick skipper found the drive and powered up the whole race to made a massive swoop round Kerr on the third bend before exchanging the lead two or three times with Worrall who had to settle for second in a sensational race that ended 3-3.

Berwick took the lead in Heat Two as guest man Simon Lambert (in for the injured Jye Etheridge) shot away to win in a 4-2, but a Heat Three 1-5 from a solid gate by Claus Vissing and Paul Starke over David Howe put the Tigers in the lead by two points, 8-10.

Gappmaier made the perfect lightning start in Heat Four, and soon joined up from by Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen who was bombarded from behind all race by Chris Harris, but the Bandits' men held the maximum and put themselves two up 13-11, however Worrall made short shrift of Heat Five to take the three points as Howe forced his way past Kerr to turn the 1-5 into a 2-4 which tied the match after five to 15-all.

Aaron Summers looked to be on an ever-slowing bike through the sixth and went from first to third as Harris appeared well-dialled into the track this time out to pass and win well in a 3-3 that held the match level, but a pass from Stark under Lambert off the fourth bend of the third lap saw another 3-3 turned into a 2-4 putting Glasgow ahead again, 20-22.

Gappmaier tried to make another corker of a start in Heat Eight but got baulked on bend one and ended up well to the back but with Doolan well out in front, and James Sarjeant's bike popping, the Austrian whipped past the ailing Tiger to take the point in a 4-2 which again levelled the match 24-24.

Heat 10 saw Doolan way out in front from the gate, but Summer at the back and on the high and wide line to soar round both Starke and Vissing to take up a solid second place and form a 5-1 to the end and put Berwick four back into the lead with five races to go, and come Heat 12, a win for Starke over Gappmaier and Sarjeant, despite a spirited ride from Lindman, the 2-4 narrowed Berwick's lead to two points.

A brilliant start from Summers in Heat 13 took him well to the front, but Harris came well past Jakobsen but failed to take the Bandits' number one in a home 4-2 taking the lead to 41-37 with two to go, the same gap going into the last heat of the night with all to play for.

Heat 15 was spectacular with the early lead going to Summers as Doolan briefly whipped up to second place only for Harris to hammer back and then take the hardest looking pass under Summers at the start of the second lap, with the resulting 3-3 remaining to till the end to finish the match 47-43.

Team manager, Scott Courtney was thrilled with his side's efforts, saying: "Great way to open a season! and the match showed us what great potential this side of ours has, even the raw newcomer John Lindman was learning about his brand new track with every outing while Kevin Doolan seems to get younger every year and Dany Gappmaier is one of the fastest gaters we've had for some time.

"Aaron Summers blew a motor in our practice session and has only just started to show signs of his top form, and what a way to get back to his best in he last two races tonight - hard ridden battles with a former GP winner, Chris Harris, and what a boost that has given his confidence. Have to say too that Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen has proven our faith was well founded with a great return to our side. This was a good opening night in front of an amazing crowd!"

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) 47

Aaron Summers 0,1*,2*,3,2 = 8+2
Kevin Doolan (c) 3,2,3,3,1* = 12
John Lindman 0,02,0 = 2
David Howe 1,2,1*,0 = 4+1
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 2*,2,3,1 = 8+1
Simon Lambert (guest) (r) 3,0,0,N = 3
Dany Gappmaier (r) 1,3,1,2,3 = 10

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 43

Richie Worrall 2,3,1*,0 = 6+1
Lewis Kerr 1*,1,2,2 = 6+1
Paul Starke 2*,1,0,3 = 6+1
Claus Vissing 3,3,1,1*,0 = 8+1
Chris Harris (c) 1,3,3,2,3 = 12
Jack Thomas (r) R,0,0,N = 0
James Sarjeant (r) 2,0,R,1,2 = 5