Drizzle can’t halt flying Joonas

THE October drizzle did it’s best to end the season early but it dried up enough for part 2 of the season finale at Lakeside to get underway - the return of the fabled London Riders Championship.

THE October drizzle did it’s best to end the season early but it dried up enough for part 2 of the season finale at Lakeside to get underway - the return of the fabled London Riders Championship.

Set for a 12 heat qualifying, semi final and final format it saw each of the 12 riders donning a race jacket representing a London team of the past or present.

From heat 1 World Longtrack Champion Joonas Kylmakorpi made his intentions known with a lightning gate to win from hard charging Peter Ljung. Returning Hammers’ asset Henning Bager was also out to show he could still master the white line with a solid victory over Ollie Allen and Ryan Fisher in heat 2 before Cameron Woodward beat Sam Masters and both USA team riders for victory in heat 3.

With the rain beginning to fall again, Peter Ljung made his claim for the title with a hard fought win over Bager in heat 4. Kylmakorpi remained undefeated with determined 1st turn in heat 5 to seal a win over Kauko Nieminen. Ryan Fisher then showed he was up for the title defeating Woodward and Robson, Robbo getting the better of Sam Masters after a wild 1st lap with a blanket covering all four.


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It was shaping up nicely but the rain wouldn’t stop and with the track getting ever wetter and a forecast that wasn’t promising, the decision was made to call a halt to the meeting and hence the season.

Thanks to being the only unbeaten rider, Joonas Kylmakorpi was duely awarded the London Riders Championship title and trophy by Jon Cook.

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To close the meeting Jon Cook interviewed Joonas Kylmakorpi, Stuart Robson, Peter Ljung and Kauko Nieminen with his final words looking forward to a more promising 2011.

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