The Ipswich Witches raced to an impressive 53-37 victory away at Leicester in the Premiership last night.

The home team went into the fixture having raced to eight straight victories, but the Suffolk side started well and built a six-point lead after six races.

The Witches kept Leicester at arm’s length before stepping it up a gear in the latter stages as they hit three maximums in the final four races. Jason Doyle top scored with a 14+1 paid maximum.

The hosts recorded a 4-2 in heat one after an extremely untidy first bend saw Justin Sedgmen hit the front with the other three riders all doing well to stay on the bike and avoid each other.

Danyon Hume and Dan Thompson got themselves into a 1-5 position early on in heat two, but Drew Kemp had other ideas and passed both for a 3-3.

Skipper Danny King won heat three and Erik Riss got the better of Troy Batchelor for a point for a Witches 2-4. The visitors went ahead in heat four as Doyle won and Thompson followed him home for a 1-5 that put them 10-14 ahead.

East Anglian Daily Times: Skipper Danny King scored well for IpswichSkipper Danny King scored well for Ipswich (Image: Steve Waller)

Emil Sayfutdinov won a shared heat five before Doyle won heat six and Hume held off Sedgmen for a 2-4.

Leicester made a tactical substitution in heat seven bringing in Max Fricke and they hit a 4-2 as Richard Lawson won and King held off Fricke to keep second place. The points were shared in heat eight to keep the visitors 22-26 in front.

Leicester gated on a 5-1 in heat nine, but Doyle soon hit the front, rounding Batchelor at the end of the first lap before diving under Chris Harris at the start of second lap for a 3-3.

The hosts recorded a 4-2 in heat 10 as Fricke beat King and Riss retired with bike issues whilst in third.

Sayfutdinov won heat 11 with ease and Keynan Rew managed to hold on for a point for a heat advantage to Ipswich. The away side extended the lead in heat 12 as King and Thompson raced away for a maximum to make the score 32-40.

Ipswich secured victory in heat 13 in fine style as Sayfutdinov won and Doyle passed both Lions going into the second lap to join his partner at the front for another 1-5.

It looked like it might be another maximum to the Witches in heat 14 as Thompson and Riss took an early lead, but Harris and Jake Allen got past Riss who retired with more bike troubles and Harris set his sights on Thompson at the front.

The visiting Rising Star held his nerve and despite being passed by the Lions captain at the start of the last lap, he cut back and re-took the lead for a fantastic victory.

The icing on the cake came in heat 15 as Doyle completed his paid maximum and Sayfutdinov backed him up for the maximum to give Ipswich a convincing 16-point win on the road against the high-flying Lions.

East Anglian Daily Times: Witches team boss Ritchie Hawkins, right, was delighted with the winWitches team boss Ritchie Hawkins, right, was delighted with the win (Image: � Copyright Steve Waller)

Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins said: "It was a brilliant performance and a great result.

"Leicester have been in great form, but we turned up there and the majority of the team rode to their capabilities which hasn’t happened too often this season."

He added: "Doyley was terrific as well as Emil again tonight, I thought Doyley looked really quick and it was great to see him back on it.

"He has had maybe a couple of tough nights by his high standards, but he is never that far off really. He has been at the top for so long and it is a joy to watch them ride when they are riding like that.

"The win was the main thing, away from home we need to win the meetings. The aggregate bonus point doesn’t really matter, if we won by two or 16 because we have to win the home meetings.

"It doesn’t make a great deal of difference, but it was good to put in such a commanding victory.

"One thing that was a massive difference was that after the interval we kicked on and were superb whereas previously we have always dropped away at that point so that was a massive difference."

LEICESTER 37: Max Fricke 8, Justin Sedgmen 4, Troy Batchelor 2+2, Chris Harris (c) 9, Richard Lawson 6, Jake Allen 1+1, Drew Kemp (RS) 7. Team Manager: Stewart Dickson

IPSWICH 53: Emil Sayfutdinov 13+1, Keynan Rew 3, Danny King (c) 10, Erik Riss 1, Jason Doyle 14+1 (Paid Maximum), Danyon Hume 3, Dan Thompson (RS) 9+4. Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins