Newport Cycle Speedway Club’s senior team are through to the semi finals of the British Team Cup for the first time in their history after comfortably beating Stockport by 94 points to 80 at Newport’s International Sports Village.
Newport were expecting a tough match against a Stockport team with a big reputation, but once again it was the Welsh team who set the early pace winning six of the first nine races to gain a commanding 12 point lead.
Stockport’s former British champion Terry Norman was leading his team by example, and Adam Phillips also impressed but Newport had both the stronger top end with five ride maximums for Jack Harrold and Mark Carmichael, and the better strength in depth with determined showings from Nick Evans and Jacob Soper.
The team will face Poole, Wednesfield or Horspath in the semis at East Park Wolverhampton on Sunday 8 September.
Newport 94: Harrold 20, Carmichael 18 + 2, Evans 12 + 1, Davies 12, Hughes 9+2, Jones 9, Soper 7+3 D.Bock 7.
Stockport 80: Norman 17, Phillips 14+ 1, Lush 14, Higham 12 + 2, Read 11 + 1, Lush 8 + 2, Pickford 4 Simpson 0.
Other British Team Cup quarter final results
British Cycling Cycle Speedway Over 40's & Over 60's Individual National Championships
Location: Astley & Tyldesley Miners Welfare Club, Manchester
Event:13 July 2013
Astley & Tyldesley hosted the Over 40’s and Over 60’s British Individual Championships at Gin Pit on Saturday. The match took place on the hottest day of the year, but despite the conditions, the veteran riders turned in an excellent afternoon of racing.
Poole's former world champion Steve Harris has long rated the Gin Pit circuit as one of his favourites and he raced to the Over 40’s British Individual title, winning all his five races to score a maximum 20 points.
He showed his class with two excellent wins from the back in his opening two races, before making perfect starts to win his last three races convincingly.
Wednesfield's Mark Griffiths is another racer who always performs well at Gin Pit and after finishing second to Harris in the first race, won his remaining four races to take overall runner-up place with 19 points.
Exeter's Andy Stone made his first appearance at Gin Pit and he will rue an opening race slip which let Harris and Griffiths through, before settling down to score an impressive 17 points and take third place overall.
Defending champion Chris Turner, of Sheffield, saw his hopes take a dive with a fall first time out, before recovering to score 15 points and finish joint fifth, alongside Stockport's Terry Norman and one point behind Edinburgh's Lee Lawrence in fourth.
The Over 60’s championship was keenly contested, despite six riders pulling out, with Wednesfield's Mick Aris beating defending champion Bob Prince, of Birmingham, to win heat 4.
However, Aris' chances of taking the title took a blow when he was excluded for a starting infringement in heat 7. Prince seized the opportunity to come back and he clinched the title for the third successive year with a clever tactical ride last time out. Aris finished overall runner-up, with Bury's John Whiting in third place.
Over 40’s: Steve Harris (Po) 20, Mark Griffiths (Wed) 19, Andrew Stone (Exe) 17, Lee Lawrence (Ed) 16, Terry Norman (St) 15, Chris Turner (Sh) 15, Dave Meanley (Wed) 14, Paddy Wenn (Nor) 13, Peter Chant (So) 11, Mick Knowles 9 (Sh) 9, Martin Glover (Sw) 8, Richie Pawson (Hu) 6.
Over 60’s: Bob Prince (Bir) 11, Mick Aris (Wed) 10, John Whiting (Bu) 6.
Referee - Mike Hack Lancashire