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TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD

Rory Schlein was delighted to put his 2012 ELRC heartbreak behind him by clinching the title at Swindon on Saturday.

20 / 10 / 2013, 13:59

Australian international Rory Schlein was delighted to put his 2012 Elite League Riders Championship heartbreak behind him by clinching the title for the second time in three years at Swindon on Saturday.

The Darwin-born rider topped the rostrum ahead of SGP star Niels-Kristian Iversen, Team Great Britain international Craig Cook and Swindon skipper Hans Andersen.

The former Belle Vue racer lifted the title at Blunsdon in 2011 and was delighted to complete a stunning King's Lynn one-two with Stars team mate Iversen on a rain-soaked Swindon circuit.

Schlein missed out on the rostrum last year after being excluded following a tangle with Holder in the final. But he got the verdict this year after a brilliant burst around Iversen on turn one to seal the trophy and end the season on a superb high.

I was up against guys like Niels and Cookie, who is up-and-coming. The talent in Britain is getting better and better and I'm just happy I did it.

Rory Schlein

He said: "It could've been three out of three. But the move I pulled off last year was a bit balls to the wall and I ended up in the fence. That's part and parcel of it. I took a chance and it didn't pay off.

"This year I pulled off a similar move, but I was a little bit more in control. I had a bit more speed and I'm over the moon.

"That's the third year running I've made the final. That's not too bad, and to do it with some of the guys here is fantastic.

"I was up against guys like Niels and Cookie, who is up-and-coming. The talent in Britain is getting better and better and I'm just happy I did it.”

Schlein admits he has been short of track time in recent weeks. But he was always confident of getting back into the swing of things on a Blunsdon track he has had some great results on.

He added: "I wasn't very happy with the last few meetings I took on. My mind wasn't set on them. But I just seem to love Swindon and get going there.

"I wanted to do well. I always do well in this meeting. I was just aiming for a semi-final to be brutally honest. I haven't ridden for five weeks up until Wednesday at Poole.

"I wasn't sharp, I wasn't fit and with conditions the way they were, I'm over the moon.”

The heat programme was shortened from 20 races to 16 following lengthy delays to get the track into racing condition.

A number of riders struggled with the surface and SGP star Darcy Ward withdrew after two retirements to protect a wrist injury. His fellow Grand Prix star Freddie Lindgren scored six.

ELRC HEAT SCORES: Niels-Kristian Iversen 10, Craig Cook 9, Rory Schlein 9, Jason Doyle 9, Hans Andersen 8, Troy Batchelor 7, Scott Nicholls 7, Peter Kildemand 7, Fredrik Lindgren 6, Grzegorz Zengota 6, Chris Harris 6, Davey Watt 2, Kenneth Bjerre 2, Krzysztof Buczkowski 2, Oliver Greenwood (res) 2, Bjarne Pedersen 1, Paul Starke (res) 1, Darcy Ward 0.

Semi-Final: Andersen, Schlein, Doyle, Batchelor.

Final: Schlein, Iversen, Cook, Andersen.

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