PIRATES AT THE DOUBLE
Poole’s Turbo Twins Chris Holder and Darcy Ward joined forces to fire the Pirates to a stunning Good Friday double over Coventry.
The Dorset side got their Elite League title defence off to a flying start when they triumphed 49-44 at Brandon this afternoon.
Ward racked up an awesome 18-point maximum. This included a pivotal tactical ride triumph in heat 10, which saw the Aussie team up with Dennis Andersson to bag an 8-1 that turned the meeting on its head.
Holder made a disastrous start to his day with two last places, but hit back with eight paid nine from his final three.
He then scored a 15-point maximum in front of his newborn son Max in the evening as Pirates trounced the Bees 52-38 at Wimborne Road.
Ward weighed in with 12 paid 14 after SGP regular Chris Harris inflicted his sole loss of the day in race five. Bomber shut the Queenslander out with a ruthless move on lap two, turn four. This resulted in an angry exchange in the pits and eyewitnesses claim Ward had to be ushered away from the Brit by Pirates guest James Holder.
Elsewhere, Lakeside stole a march at the top of the table with home and away wins over Eastbourne.
The Hammers started the day with a 55-36 romp at the Arena-Essex Raceway. Davey Watt shone on 14 points, while reserve Kim Nilsson made a huge impact with 12 paid 15 at reserve. Peter Karlsson picked up 12 and Lee Richardson racked up 11 paid 14.
Eagles’ Simon Gustafsson responded with 13 and Lewis Bridger bagged 10. They led their side’s charge in the evening fixture at Arlington, but couldn’t prevent the hosts crashing to a 51-45 defeat.
Richardson scored 13 for the Hammers while Watt collected 12 and Nilsson made the difference once again with 10 paid 12 at No.7. Bridger led the Eagles with 15 points from six, including a tactical, while Gustafsson accumulated 12 paid 14.
Peterborough’s Danish starlet Michael Jepsen Jensen gave King’s Lynn a torrid time in their Good Friday double header as he inspired Panthers to back-to-back victories over the Stars.
MJJ posted a sweet 16 from six races in the afternoon fixture at the East of England Showground, which Peterborough won 49-41.
He then topped this tally at the Norfolk Arena just hours later, when he scored 17 from seven as Panthers triumphed 47-43. Linus Sundstrom also shone in the second fixture with a 12 paid 15-point maximum.
But Peterborough’s SGP regular Kenneth Bjerre endured a nightmare Good Friday and was paid for just five points at both tracks.
In the day’s other meeting, Swindon sounded a deafening warning to the rest of the Elite League with a 53-37 victory at Birmingham.
Denmark’s Peter Kildemand ran riot at reserve, scoring 15 paid 16, while his SGP compatriot Hans Andersen added 11. Troy Batchelor contributed nine paid 11 and Nick Morris piled up eight paid 10.
Birmingham’s Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen endured a tough night at Perry Barr and managed just five paid six.
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