Wednesday May 16, 2018
The “BP Mitchell” Rockets’ 2017 truly kickstarted when they won at Poole in August, and they will be hoping that the same venue has provided the launchpad for their 2018 venture after bagging their first away point of the season in a narrow 47-43 defeat in Dorset.

Not only was the reverse a close one, but the Rockets would have earned a draw but for Chris Harris’ fall on the final lap of Heat 13 after picking off Brady Kurtz and seeming set for a 5-1 with Scott Nicholls.

Bomber more than redeemed himself elsewhere, however, winning his four other rides, and the 3-time British Champion provided a powerful spearhead alongside Nicholls, whose 40th birthday reminded everyone that age is just a number in a top-scoring 12+1 haul, and former Pirate Krzysztof Kasprzak, who was beaten just once, in Heat 10.

The Rockets led twice in the meeting, with Harris and Aaron Summers opening the night either side of Brady Kurtz in a Heat 1 4-2, and the same pair blasting a 5-1 over Kacper Woryna and Josh Grajczonek in Heat 5 to put Rye back in front at 16-14.

Nicholls and Kasprzak ensured they maintained that advantage by winning the next two races, before the match swung the home side’s way with Poole maximums from Heats 8 and 10.

Another 4-2 from the powerful Harris-Summers combo – with Grajczonek this time the middle man - in Heat 11 closed the gap to 35-31, before Kasprzak won a drawn Heat 12 and the Pirates played their “get out of jail card” in Harris’ fall in Heat 13 just as the Rockets appeared back on level terms.

In a double whammy, Stefan Nielsen and Grajczonek followed up by outpacing Edward Kennett and Max Clegg in the next heat to clinch the home victory with a race to spare, at 46-38, but Harris and Nicholls salvaged a much deserved away point for the Rockets by returning the favour against Linus Sundstrom and Kurtz in the finale.

Team Manager Peter Schroeck was a happy camper when speaking afterwards. “Overall, I am really proud of the lads. Our top three, plus Aaron, rode incredibly well, and although the rest of the boys struggled tonight, we certainly deserved our match point.

“Bomber was really unlucky in Heat 13. He came from the back, and was racing so hard, but unfortunately the track was difficult and he lost it.

“Poole know that they were a bit lucky there, and we deserved a little bit more from the match, but we got to drive away with a match point, which is an important plus. We’ll pick up more along the way – so off we go!”

“BP Mitchell” Rockets:
Scott Nicholls 13+1, Chris Harris 12, Krzysztof Kasprzak 10, Aaron Summers 5+1, Kevin Doolan (guest) 1+1, Edward Kennett 1, Max Clegg 1.

Stefan Nielsen 11+2, Linus Sundstrom 9+2, Josh Grajczonek 8+2, Brady Kurtz 7, Mateusz Szczepaniak 6+3, Kacper Woryna 6+1, Richie Worrall R/R.

Match Points: Poole 3 Rye House 1