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Poole Pirates dramatically held by Lakeside Hammers

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Lakeside Hammers play-off hopes were all-but ended despite holding the Pirates to a 46-46 draw after a dramatic final heat.

Poole where leading by four points going into the finale but it was set for a dramatic turnaround as both Peter Kildermand and Maciej Janowski got in each other’s way – leaving the hosts set for a 5-0 win.

Restart

But instead race officials red flagged the heat and called for a restart with three riders after disqualifying Janowski.

Kildermand lead the restarted heat 15 until the last corner, as Lewis Bridger tried an optimistic move on the inside which resulted in contact between the two riders.

Both managed to stay on their bikes but Bridger and Daniel King got past Kildermand – which left the Pirates rider furious with the race officials.

Despite his protests the result stood and both teams left the raceway with a point.
The start of the meeting was just as dramatic as the end as Poole’s Benji Compton crashed in heat two and had to retire through injury.

Problems

Compton’s team-mate Vaclav Milik had a clutch problem at the start and it caused the Czech rider to have a jump start – which ended up with him dong a complete 360 degree flip in the air.

After the first three heats the Hammers had the advantage with a 13-5 lead.
But this would be the biggest margin between the two sides, as Poole would stage a resilient fight back.

Poole would go onto win heat four 5-1 with Cameron Woodward crossing the finish line first.
Heat five and six saw the points shared at 3-3, but Poole hit back in heat seven with a 4-2 victory which made it 22-20 to the Hammers.

Advantage

The hosts then quickly restored their four-point advantage after Richard Lawson made a stunning move around the outside of Milik to take third place and ensure a 4-2 victory.

The next three heats saw the points shared, but in heat 12 the visitors took an amazing 5-1 victory to level at 36-36. The Hammers needed to strike back quickly in heat 13 but the complete opposite happened as Poole took another 5-1 to lead the meeting for the first time at 37-41.

Heat 14 seemed to sum up Lakeside’s recent run of form as Adam Ellis fell in the first corner, but Bridger won for a 3-3 – and then came the dramatic conclusion.

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