Rockets rocket to record win

THE rampant Rockets stung the Scorpions at Rye House on Saturday with a record 67-25 Premier Trophy victory.All the pre-meeting pointers suggested a tense, close affair and a real test of the Silver Ski Rockets' 58-match unbeaten home record, especially after the previous night's meeting in ScunthorpeWhat actually materialised was a total demolition job that saw the Rockets provide 12 of the 15 race winners and no less than 11 maximum heat advantages.

THE rampant Rockets stung the Scorpions at Rye House on Saturday with a record 67-25 Premier Trophy victory.

All the pre-meeting pointers suggested a tense, close affair and a real test of the Silver Ski Rockets' 58-match unbeaten home record, especially after the previous night's meeting in Scunthorpe

What actually materialised was a total demolition job that saw the Rockets provide 12 of the 15 race winners and no less than 11 maximum heat advantages.

The massive final 42-point winning margin was the Rockets' biggest ever over Scunthorpe, surpassing a 13-heat 58-19 result set way back on July 22, 1979.

Swede Linus Sundstrom and Hatfield racer Robert Mear both came within a final race of achieving full houses against the outclassed visitors from Lincolnshire.

Captain Chris Neath, Joe Haines, comeback man Andrew Silver and Luke Bowen all dropped just a single race.

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The Bowen 747 finished the night with a monster 17 point paid haul.

The only black spot to Rye's evening was a heat seven tangle involving Tommy Allen which left the Tommy Gun with a wrist and hand injury.

The Rockets opened proceedings in exactly the same fashion as they had in Lincolnshire the previous night with a 5-1 from Sundstrom and Neath against Scunthorpe No 1 David Howe.

The difference this time was that they immediately followed up with two further maximums.

At 18-6, the Scorpions' first tactical nomination surfaced as early as heat five, with Ace of Herts winner Howe only just nabbing second spot from Haines right on the line to force a 4-4.

Their second came in the very next race, but heat four winner Magnus Karlsson was left trailing behind Sundstrom and Neath.

Allen, Viktor Bergstrom and veteran Silver all went down in an alarming first bend to heat seven that saw both Allen and Bergstrom withdraw from the rest of the proceedings, the latter with combined hand, foot and back injuries.

There was no let up from the Rockets when the racing resumed, with the team not dropping a point until David Howe won heat 13.

Pick of the bunch in what was a red-hot run of seven consecutive 5-1s was a heat 12 claimed by reserves Silver and Luke Bowen ahead of Howe.

There was still time for one last 5-1, from Silver and Mear in heat 14, before Howe played a minor party pooper by ending both the Mearkat's and Sundstrom's maximum hopes in the nominated race.

Scorers

Rye House: Chris Neath 8+3 (4 rides), Linus Sundstrom 13+1 (5), Joe Haines 10 (4), Robert Mear 10+4 (5), Tommy Allen 1+1 (1), Andrew Silver 10+2 (5) and Luke Bowen 15+2 (6)

Scunthorpe: David Howe 12 (5 rides), Simon Lambert 1 (4), Carl Wilkinson 1 (4), Viktor Bergstrom 0 (0), Magnus Karlsson 5 (5 rides), Jerran Hart2 (5), Byron Bekker 4 (6)

Match points: Rye House 3 Scunthorpe 0