Pic by Ian Adam
RED-HOT Richie Worrall sliced half-a-second off the Glasgow track record – only for team-mate Aaron Summers to trump him in the next heat – as the Tigers romped back to form against Sheffield today.
Worrall raced home in 55.63 seconds in heat three to demolish the 56.1 record previously held by twin Steve along with two others.
But skipper Summers then won heat four in 55.59 as the Ashfield men continued their charge into the Premier League play-offs.
Sheffield’s only heat win came in the final race, which limited the damage to 62-30 – Glasgow having taken 13 race advantages until that point.
Worrall ended on a paid 12-point maximum while Richard Lawson and Rene Bach were only stopped in achieving 15-point maximums when losing a 5-1 in heat 15.
Summers hailed the spirit of the team to bounce back from defeat at home to Somerset in their last home match two weeks ago.
He said: “The boys started off strongly and that helped give us a good confidence boost. We pushed on from the starts and it just got better.
“In my first heat I felt quick but I knew I could do a bit more – I made a good start and just pushed until the finish line and managed to get the record back, which was good.
“There was a shower before the meeting and I think that created a bit more dirt. We weren’t sure if it was maybe a bit too wet, but Stewart [Dickson] and the boys worked on it well and the track came out nice.
“Sheffield have some good riders in there but all our boys turned up for it and got their heads down from the word go, so it was really good.
“I think that heat two win for Danny [Ayres] was pretty key too, he made it look fairly easy – he just got his head down and got on with it. That starts your day off really well and puts you in a good mind for the rest of the meeting.”
The Tigers have a big week ahead, with trips to Edinburgh (Friday) and Workington (Saturday) in the league to look forward to, before Summers and Lawson take part in the showpiece Premier League Riders’ Championship at Sheffield on Sunday.
The meeting at Armadale on Friday will prove crucial – with the men from the east breathing down the necks of their Scottish rivals in the race to finish second ahead of the play-offs.
Tigers scorers: Richard Lawson 12+1, Richie Worrall 11+1, Rene Bach 10+2, Aaron Summers 10, Nike Lunna 7+1, Fernando Garcia 6, Danny Ayres 6.