Sunday May 11, 2014
“I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more…”

For “500”, please substitute “380”, although the sentiment could easily have been the same, because the net result of a 760 mile round trip for the Silver Ski Rockets was effectively “to fall down at your door” with the unenviable requirement to do it all over again at some point in the future.

A heavy downpour just fifteen minutes ahead of the scheduled start time put the meeting in jeopardy for a first time and led to a half hour delay. There was then a further unavoidable half hour stoppage while Tiger Anders Thomsen was treated after a Heat 2 fall for what could be a broken ankle ahead of being taken to hospital.

That delay was to prove costly in more ways than one, as the rain returned after Heat 8, leading to the match’s abandonment after consultation between the referee and the two team captains.

The Rockets were leading 25-23 at that point, having opened with a 5-1 from Edward Kennett and Luke Bowen and re-taken the lead in what proved to be the final race of the afternoon as former Rye man Kasper Lykke just edged home Bowen in a monster battle for second place behind race winner Jason Garrity.

Rye House team manager John Sampford appreciated the final call-off decision. “Once the first rain had drained off the banking, the track produced some good racing, but the problem with the second shower was that it made visibility a real issue, and we didn’t want anyone else getting injured after what happened in Heat 2.

“There were some battling points from the boys, and it was particularly pleasing to see Jason Garrity continuing where he left off last week with a couple of race wins.

“Ultimately, though, we just couldn’t get to Heat 10 for a declared result, and now we have to start all over again and find two new dates for both legs.”

Rye House scorers:

Jason Garrity 7+1 (3 rides), Luke Bowen 4+1 (3), Mathieu Tresarrieu 4 (2), Jason Bunyan 3+1 (2), Steve Boxall 3+1 (2), Edward Kennett 3 (2), Ben Hopwood 1 (2)

Glasgow scorers:

Rusty Harrison 6 (2 rides), Theo Pijper 5+1 (2), Kasper Lykke 5 (5), Kevin Wölbert 3 (2), Mark Lemon 3 (3), Anders Thomsen 1 (2), Dimitri Bergé R/R

Picture: IAN ADAM