Rory proves the master of Foxhall in 16-lap Classic

Podium joy at the 16-lapper, left to right: Rohan Tungate (2nd), winner Rory Schlein, Morten Risager

Podium joy at the 16-lapper, left to right: Rohan Tungate (2nd), winner Rory Schlein, Morten Risager (3rd). Photo: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

King’s Lynn star Rory Schlein lived up to his pre-meeting favourite tag with victory in the 16-lap Classic at Foxhall Stadium.

While Ipswich Witches star Morten Risager made it three consecutive 16-lap victories in the main race, it was Schlein’s consistency throughout the night that saw him overall victor, with a total of 21 points.

Risager finished third overall, with another Witches racer, Rohan Tungate, after a last in his opening heat ride, second overall.

It was another exciting night’s action on the Heath and home fans were rewarded as their stars did themselves proud with some good performances.

“I’m happy to finish off the season with a win of course,” victor Schlein said.

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“16 laps is such a lot to do, I’m looking forward to three months off now!”.

The 16-lap final itself went off without incident and Schlein, starting off the back grid, slowly made his way through the field, although he never looked likely to catch the flying Risager and Tungate at the front.

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Risager had shot past Tungate on the first lap and kept his nerve, but his qualifying heat score of just four points, meant he never had enough in the tank to take the overall title.

The six-lap consolation was won from the tapes by Redcar’s Richard Lawson, but young Josh Bates, who was a late call-up for Jason Garrity rode a terrific race to hold off the attentions of Witches skipper Ritchie Hawkins.

1 Schlein, Doolan, Hawkins, Tungate 57.0

2 Worrall, King, Lawson, Ellis 58.0

3 Wells, Heeps, Risager, Bates 58.2

4 Tungate, King, Doolan, Bates 58.3

5 Wells, Schlein, Worrall, Ellis 58.2

6 Heeps, Risager, Hawkins, Lawson 58.4

7 Worrall, Doolan, Bates, Heeps 58.1

8 King, Tungate, Schlein, Risager 58.1

9 Lawson, Wells, Hawkins, Ellis 58.4

10 Schlein, Doolan, Risager, Ellis 58.4

11 Worrall, Tungate, Heeps, Lawson 58.8

12 Wells, King, Bates, Hawkins 59.2

6-lap consolation: Lawson, Bates, Hawkins, Ellis 88.8

16-lap final: Risager, Tungate, Schlein, Heeps, King, Wells, Worrall, Doolan. 3min. 57.5. New 16-lap track record.

R Schlein 21, R Tungate 19, M Risager 18, R Wells 17, D King 17, R Worrall 14, C Heeps 14, K Doolan 7.

Others (did not qualify for 16-lap final) : R Lawson, J Bates, R Hawkins, A Ellis.

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