Robert is marathon king of Foxhall 2009

ROBERT Miskowiak was the marathon king of Foxhall after dominating the 16-Lap Classic at Foxhall Stadium last night.In the final meeting of the season at Ipswich, the Witches flying Polish star, won all his heats and then sped to victory in a twice-run 16-Lap final, coming through in thrilling fashion to pass Adam Shields on the final bend to take the chequered flag in the final and the meeting overall.

Mike Bacon

ROBERT Miskowiak was the marathon king of Foxhall after dominating the 16-Lap Classic at Foxhall Stadium last night.

In the final meeting of the season at Ipswich, the Witches flying Polish star, won all his heats and then sped to victory in a twice-run 16-Lap final, coming through in thrilling fashion to pass Adam Shields on the final bend to take the chequered flag in the final and the meeting overall.

Miskowiak has endured a terrific season after re-joining the Witches midway through the campaign and he became the 14th-ever winner of the meeting.


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Second was another Witch, Troy Batchelor, while a former winner of the meeting, Adam Shields, was third.

But the 16 laps didn't get finished in one outing.

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The first staging saw leader Olly Allen fall off in the middle of the track on turns one and two at the start of lap seven. There was carnage for a while as riders ducked and dived round Allen. However, Rory Schlein wasn't so fortunate and he was taken away in an ambulance.

Miskowiak had already made up four places to that point and the re-run saw him, as per the rules, starting at the front and despite Shields getting ahead at the start, he reeled him in on the final turn to send the home fans home happy.

In the qualifying heats Troy Batchelor won heat one easily, before Danny King pulled up near the end of heat two, subsequently pulling out of the meeting with more pain in a shoulder injury that kept him out of last week's Test Match between GB and Australia.

Olly Allen slid off while leading the next, but Ipswich-born Jerran Hart took full advantage with a mature victory.

Scott Robson was another faller, when in third in the next, before Miskowiak made it two out of two in heat five.

Dawid Stachyra crashed going into turn one and was left unhappy by referee Mick Bates' decision to exclude him. His gestured outburst landing him a hefty fine.

The re-run, with King out of the meeting, was a match-race between Allen and Carl Wilkinson, that was a great first lap, with Allen going on for victory.

Wilkinson was in the thick of the action, flying under Chris Schramm in heat seven, as Miskowiak remained unbeaten.

Heat eight saw Linus Sundstrom, an 18-year-old Swede from Rye House, win against good quality opposition. Sundstrom has already made it clear he would welcome a team place at Ipswich next season, and his performance in that race would have got the Ipswich management thinking.

Shields won two on the trot in heats nine and 10 to guarantee his place in the final and he was set to be on the back grid with Miskowiak, who made it a perfect four-ride maximum in heat 11. The final qualifying heat was crucial to all four riders and it was Schlein who came out on top to get to the final.

The consolation final was won by Robson, with Schramm chasing all the way.

But the final accolades went to Miskowiak, a deserved winner.

Consolation final (over six laps): Robson, Schramm, Hart. three riders only 94.8s.

16-Lap Classic final: R Miskowiak 28pts, T Batchelor 23, A Shields 22, D Stachyra 14, R Schlein 11, L Sundstrom 11, C Wilkinson 10, O Allen 6. No time, it was a split race.

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