Fri 28th Aug 2015
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches kept their play-off hopes alive with a stunning 61-29 win over the Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday night.
Rohan Tungate was top Witch on 13 points with skipper Danny King on a four ride maximum of 12 with all home riders being part of at least one 5-1. Michael Palm Toft was the only Panther to be paid for double figures with 9+1.
On a track made a bit tricky by a late afternoon shower it was the home side that attacked it from the start. Ipswich knew that they had to throw everything at this meeting against a team that are already assured of a place on the playoffs and they certainly did that!
With Peterborough only scoring one heat win in the first eight heats (which proved to be their only one of the meeting) Ipswich had built up a sixteen-point lead. At this point the referee was called down to inspect the track presumably at the away team's request, as the home side were having no problems with it. After a short inspection the meeting was resumed.
Heat nine saw ex-Witch Ben Barker nominated for a tactical ride. He was up against Rohan Tungate & Gino Manzares with Rohan the one that gated with Barker. Both riders came to grief on the back straight in lap two after a hard no holds barred fight for first place - fortunately they both got up ok with Barker excluded for causing the stoppage. After this the Panthers simply ran out of steam and the Witches had the meeting sewn up as early as heat 10.
During & after the main racing (after ht 9 & ht 15) several 250 & 150cc demonstration races took place. The youngsters put on a great show with one heat time at least, only two seconds slower than one in the 'senior' races. When spoken to afterwards they all said the track was great and that they had thoroughly enjoyed riding on it.
Phil Hilton, Ipswich team manager, was pleased but at the same time frustrated by the result: "It’s a pity we couldn't have ridden like the last two weeks for more of the season as we would already be in the playoffs!
“It just shows what the boys are capable of when they are all here despite two of them not being 100% (Danny & Nico)
"Now we have to wait for Plymouth & Workington to finish their remaining five fixtures before we know if we have done enough to secure that last place. Not ideal but we have brought it on ourselves..."
Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches 61
Rohan Tungate 13, Danny King 12, Stefan Nielsen 9+1, Nico Covatti 8, Gino Manzares 7+2, Cameron Heeps 6+2, Ashley Morris 6+1
'Readypower' Peterborough Panthers 29
Michael Palm Toft 9+1, Ben Barker 8+1, Simon Lambert 5+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 4, Emil Grondal 2, Rafal Konopka 1
Premier League points: Ipswich 3 Peterborough 0
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