The Lakeside Hammers took a vital three points against Poole Pirates at rain-soaked Arena Essex last night, despite the meeting being abandoned after 10 heats due to a lack of visibility
Home captain Davey Watt and his visiting counterpart Maciej Janowski decided to call it off and declare a result with the hosts leading 35-26.
Vital win in difficult circumstances
Lakeside Hammers team manager Neil Vatcher said: “It was important to get all three points.
“It’s a shame the meeting had a stopped but rider safety is important.
“The riders were complaining about the visibility when following another rider.”
Ellis crash nearly called the meet off
The rain came down during heat seven as Adam Ellis found out the hard way. He lost the back end of his bike going into the final corner – causing the heat to be stopped.
There was a delay of 40 minutes before the heat was restarted as the track staff had to sweep the standing water of the track.
Farcical scenes in Essex
And once it did all get underway again the riders began to complain about the visibility due to the high amount of spray being lifted from the bikes.
The hosts had started the strongest by picking up a 5-1 victory with Kim Nilsson taking the victory and Watt finishing second after overtaking Dakota North around the outside of turn two.
Poole quickly hit back with a 4-2 victory in heat two with Kyle Newman taking the heat and Adam Ellis finishing second for the Hammers.
Lakeside class told in the end
Heat three and four was close and the points where shared at 3-3 to leave the score at 13-11 after four heats .
The Purfleet-based squad extended their advantage in heat five when they picked up another 5-1 with Watt taking the win.
Heat six brought more woe for Poole as Bjarne Pedersen had a problem with his chain. It caused the Pirates to lose two points and left the score at 22-14.
Only two riders finished the restarted the heat seven and Kim Nilsson crossed the line first with Benji Compton finishing second for the Pirates.
The Hammers took another 5-1 in heat eight to give themselves a 13 point lead.
There were only two finishers in heat nine, too, as Adam Ellis and Benji Compton fell of their bikes as the track began to show signs of wear and tear.
Poole used a tactical ride in heat 10 to full effect as Janowski took the full six points, but his teammate Vaclav Milik finished fourth so the south coast side only gained three points.
And that proved the conclusion as the riders were called back to the pits and an announcement was made that the score would be a result.