Aussie Wins Billy Sanders Memorial

Fri 20th Mar 2015

Rory Schlein continued his early season good form with a convincing win at Foxhall on Thursday night, dropping only one point to Rohan Tungate in heat eleven. Ex-Witch Lasse Bjerre was runner up on thirteen points and Ipswich number one Danny King completed the rostrum on ten points.

The 70's themed music, host of ex-riders from that era, memorabilia stand & souvenir programme took fans back to a time when Billy Sanders rode his first laps at Foxhall, demonstrating from the start that he was a star in the making. As his skipper at the time, John Louis, said in his programme tribute: "Fron his first meeting you could see the undisputed class that would continue to develop throughout his career. He quickly established himself in the team and in the hearts of the Ipswich fans. From his second season onwards he was already jostling for the number one position with myself & Tony Davey and this friendly rivalry kept us all sharp and was a big factor in the team's success at that time." The full tribute and others from ex-team mates will be published on teh team website in the next few days.

Back to the neeting which was, as expected, a closely fought contest with four riders scoring nine points & three scoring eight points. All of the Ipswich team were in the thick of the action apart from the unlucky Ritchie Hawkins who took a heavy fall before he had reached the first corner in an aborted start of heat two. After the meeting he said that he had possibly cracked/broken a couple of ribs but this had not been confirmed. An update will be issued when there is further news. Stefan Nielsen was also a bit disappointed with his early races but had managed to trace this to a fuel problem which he fixed before his last race.

Rider Scores

  • 1. Rory Schlein 14,
  • 2. Lasse Bjerre 13,
  • 3. Danny King 10,
  • Kevin Doolan 9,
  • Gino Manzares 9,
  • Josh Grajczonek 9,
  • Robert Lambert 9,
  • Rohan Tungate 8,
  • Ben Barker 8,
  • Cameron Heeps 8,
  • Ricky Wells 7,
  • Nico Covatti 6,
  • Morten Risager 6,
  • Stefan Nielsen 3,
  • Adam Ellis 0,
  • Ritchie Hawkins 0

Foxhall Rd, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5TL 01473 623640