Thursday April 18, 2019
SWINDON’S new track was christened with a thrilling 45-45 draw against Poole in a match which went right down to the wire in Heat 15.

The CFS Filtration Robins so nearly completed an improbable comeback from eight points down, but Pirates skipper Josh Grajczonek just got the better of Troy Batchelor in an epic scrap for second place in the decider of the Premiership Supporters’ Cup encounter.

The meeting overall, though, was a huge success with the shortened and re-profiled circuit already offering up racing lines aplenty after extensive work in the lead-up to the event.

Poole’s Brady Kurtz is the initial track record holder, clocking 62.23 in Heat 7 to beat the earlier mark set by Swindon skipper Jason Doyle in Heat 1.

Robins were up against it early on as they conceded 5-1s in Heats 2 and 3 – the latter seeing Tobiasz Musielak lead until the final stages only to be disqualified for crossing the inner line when fending off Kurtz.

Musielak recovered to partner Adam Ellis to a 5-1 in Heat 5 but Robins were up against it after conceding a 5-1 in Heat 8, Dawid Lampart being extremely unfortunate to be disqualified after appearing to lay the bike down to avoid a locked-up Grajczonek.

Poole led 36-30 with four heats to go but the Robins responded with a 4-2 in Heat 12 and a 5-1 in the next with both Batchelor and Musielak coming from the back to get the better of Jack Holder.

But there was controversy in Heat 14 when Doyle was ejected after a first-bend clash with Nico Covatti, with Kurtz riding superbly to pip Musielak in the re-run as the Pirates regained the lead.

Ellis shot from the start to lead the finale with Batchelor working overtime to pass first Nicolai Klindt and then Grajczonek – but as he took high speed into turns three and four, Grajczonek cut back and just beat the Robins man to the line to save a draw for his side.

Doyle said: “It’s nice to be back in Swindon colours and it was a great match to start with at home.

“Hats off to the Swindon staff who have worked so hard over the last day and a half to get the track how it was. It was raceable and there was some great racing in the end.

“It’s only early days and the young boys need to keep calm. You’ve got to stay safe, and to win a league you’ve got to have seven safe and fit riders, and with the team we’ve got I think we have a chance.”

SWINDON 45: Jason Doyle 12, Troy Batchelor 12, Tobias Musielak 9+1, Adam Ellis 8+2, Dawid Lampart 2, Zach Wajtknecht 1, James Shanes 1
POOLE 45: Brady Kurtz 13, Josh Grajczonek 9+1, Nico Covatti 7, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 5+3, Jack Holder 4+1, Nicolai Klindt 4, Richie Worrall 3+1
PSC points: Swindon 1 Poole 2

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