Monday June 11, 2018
“BP Mitchell” Rockets captain Scott Nicholls came within three laps of making the winner-takes-all-decider in the British Final at Belle Vue’s National Speedway Stadium in Manchester on Monday night.

The 7-times national title winner had earlier piled up 10 points from his main programme to safely navigate a path into the Semi-Final shoot-out – and that total would have been higher but for dramatic last lap passes by eventual meeting winner Robert Lambert and defending champion Craig Cook in Heats 13 and 19, respectively, that denied him victories in those two races.

Come the shoot-out and Nicholls was on course for a place in the Grand Final until Dan Bewley found a way through on his inside on the third bend of the second lap, to ultimately leave him third behind the teenager and Jason Garrity in the heat, and 5th overall.

Rye House team mate and 3-times winner Chris Harris had a more mixed evening, claiming a race win in Heat 6 as part of a 7 point total that left him 9th in the field.

2015 Rocket and Rye House track record holder Robert Lambert went through the card to lift the title and add to May’s second success in the U-21 event. In so doing, he also claimed the Wildcard slot in July’s British Grand Prix at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The 20 year old won out against Dan Bewley in the Grand Final, with Craig Cook finishing third ahead of Jason Garrity.

Result and scorers from the British Final at Belle Vue on Monday:

Scores from Main Programme:
Robert Lambert 15, Craig Cook 11 (straight to Grand Final), Dan Bewley 10, Jason Garrity 10, Scott Nicholls 10, Kyle Howarth 10 (qualified for Semi-Final), Rory Schlein 9, Danny King 8, Chris Harris 7, Josh Auty 7, Richard Lawson 6, Lewis Kerr 5, Adam Ellis 3, Steve Worrall 3, Richie Worrall 3, Ashley Morris 3, Jack Smith (res) 0, Kyle Bickley (res) 0.

Semi-Final (first two to Grand Final): Bewley, Garrity, Nicholls, Howarth.

Grand Final: Lambert, Bewley, Cook, Garrity