Powerhouse Witches take 30-point lead to Berwick after crushing first leg victory at Foxhall Stadium
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Ipswich Witches 60 Berwick Bandits 30
Ipswich Witches gave themselves a great chance of progress in this season’s KO Cup after a powerhouse performance at Foxhall Stadium tonight.
The home side were dominant from the off and it will be a huge shock should they not defend this big 30-point lead.
Cheered on by another big Foxhall crowd, there is a feel-good factor developing on the Heath and the home riders are responding accordingly. Indeed, the score flattered Berwick, with Cameron Heeps and Nico Covatti packing up in separate heats, while Danyon Hume fell twice when in a scoring positions – once while leading.
King broke the track record in heat one as he flew from the outside gate to beat home No.1 Lewis Bridger. It was another impressive opening ride from the Witches skipper. And that gave Witches reserves just the filip they needed as they shot from the tapes, to gain their first-ever 5-1, in heat two.
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It was a great first lap from the two youngsters and the crowd loved it.
Covatti won from the outside in heat three, while Heeps didn’t get two yards before his bike packed up. Schlein was away well in the next and Hume sped past Kevin Doolan before diving under Ryan Blacklock on turn three. Blacklock fell on his own and the race was stopped.
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In the re-run Schlein and Hume were away again but Doolan did superbly well to sweep round the Ipswich youngster on the final bend.
The home side were eight up and it was soon 12 as Covatti took Lewis Bridger wide on turn two and Heeps nipped through to join his partner at the front.
It was a terrific start from the home side, as they attacked an excellent track with aggression.
And that is the way it continued as the Witches went 26-10 ahead in heat six.
Schlein dived ferociously up inside of Claus Vissing on turn three, lap one, as the Witches continued to turn the screw.
Hume fell on his own in heat eight to give the Bandits their first heat advantage, but the first half of the meeting had been all Ipswich.
Covatti was another to gift the Bandits points when he packed up while ahead in heat nine, before King won his third race. Schlein continued his good form then Hume slipped of when leading heat 12. Bridger went through the tapes as Ipswich piled on the misery for the Border side.
Ipswich: D King 13+2, J Sarjeant 6+1, N Covatti 9, C Heeps 8+1, R Schlein 15, C Mountain 5+1, D Hume 4
Berwick: L Bridger 5, L Carr 3, D Berge 2, C Vissing 5+1, K Doolan 7, D Ayres 5+1, R Blacklock 3.
1 King, Bridger, Sarjeant, Carr 55.5* 4-2
2 Hume, Mountain, Blacklock, Ayres 59.1 9-3
3 Covatti, Berge, Vissing, Heeps (e/f) 57.2 12-6
4 Schlein, Doolan, Hume, Blacklock (f/x) 56.3 16-8
5 Covatti, Heeps, Bridger, Carr 57.5 21-9
6 King, Sarjeant, Doolan, Ayres 57.3 26-10
7 Schlein, Vissing, Mountain, Berge 57.5 30-12
8 Carr, Sarjeant, Blacklock, Hume (f) no time 32-16
9 Heeps, Doolan, Ayres, Covatti (ef) 58.1 35-19
10 King, Vissing, Sarjeant, Berge 57.1 39-21
11 Schlein, Bridger, Mountain, Carr 57.3 43-23
12 Covatti, Ayres, Blacklock, Hume 59.7 46-26
13 Schlein, King, Doolan, Bridger (15m) 57.5 51-27
14 Heeps, Ayres, Mountain, Vissing (ex), Blacklock (f/x) 57.9 55-29
15 Schlein, King, Doolan, Vissing 57.6 60-30
*New track record