The Leicester v Ipswich Elite League match was a highly entertaining encounter full of good racing and incidents. The Monarchs opened up and early lead of eleven points thanks to maximum heat wins from Marchant/Stephenson and Nowacki/Jarvis.
Proceedings then started to go awry with exclusions for Pike in heat seven and Ashford in the next, allowing Ipswich to close the gap to just five points, the highly impressive Lewis Roberts and Leigh Cossey achieving the almost unheard of task of keeping world champ Nowacki back in third place.
After the interval Leicester consolidated but certainly didn’t have things all their own way, the Ipswich riders being prepared to fight to the wire. Fittingly paid maximum man Stephenson wrapped it up in the penultimate heat taking a good 7-3 with partner Nowacki over Mower and Cossey.
Ipswich can look at their young guns Lewis Roberts and Jamie Chittock with some pride, but top man was a rejuvenated Richard Williamson who made full use of his extra reserve rides to top score.
Leicester never looked like losing but made hard work of it. Jarvis only managed to finish two races and Marchant, Pike and Ashford all suffered their own exclusions. On the plus side “The Humber Hurricane” Adam Stephenson was flying and Nowacki and Peck both looked sharp.
The meeting was preceded by a minutes silence for Wil Burns.
Adam Stephenson 18, Lukas Nowacki 16, Adam Peck 14, Dan Pike 12, Craig Marchant 9, Jason Ashford 8, Carl Jarvis 7, Kev Burns 6
Richard Williamson 15, Jamie Chittock 13, Leigh Cossey 12, Lewis Roberts 11, Josh Brooke 10, Lee Grange 8, Leon Mower 7, Ian Grange 7