Lions in win over the Elite
Leicester Lions came out on top against their Elite League neighbours to win the Midland Fours competition at Beaumont Park on Saturday.
Their score of 32 points was two more than second-placed Wolverhampton with Birmingham third on 20 and a Coventry Select who finished on 14.
For what was an unofficial fixture, the riders put on a show for the fans and the racing was of the highest order.
Wolverhampton made the early running with heat wins for Ty Proctor and Ricky Wells.
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They then lost Pontus Aspgren for the evening when he was the innocent victim of a crash that saw Taylor Poole excluded for causing the incident in the third heat.
The loss of Aspgren meant that the Wolves had to use their reserve and, although they maintained their position at the top of the leaderboard, were coming under increasing pressure from the Elliot-sponsored Lions, who had begun with a last place when Linus Eklof retired from his race.
Jan Graversen posted the Lions first points on the board in heat two and then Lasse Bjerre set the ball rolling with a win in the next race.
Jacob Thorssell then won back-to-back races for Wolves which moved them further ahead of Leicester.
A second place for Graversen in heat six and another win for Bjerre in the next race narrowed the Wolves' lead to just two points.
By now, the meeting was developing into a contest between Leicester and Wolves with Birmingham and Coventry acting as spoilers.
The turning point came in heat nine when Leicester scored three points through a win for Eklof and Wolves finished pointless.
The Lions then had the advantage and protected that lead.
In the final heat, the Lions needed one point to win. The race brought together the No.1 of each team and Leicester's Magnus Karlsson, who had ridden consistently throughout, got the second place which guaranteed that Leicester finished ahead of their Midland neighbours.
Leicester 32: Magnus Karlsson 8 points, Lasse Bjerre 11, Jan Graversen 6 and Linus Eklof 7
Wolverhampton 30: Ricky Wells 8 points, Ty Proctor 10, Pontus Aspgren (withdrew injured), Jacob Thorssell 11 and Lee Springthorpe (reserve) 1
Birmingham 20: Danny King 5 points, Ritchie Hawkins 4, Nicolas Covatti 5 and Chris Mills 6
Coventry Select 14: Taylor Poole 0, Michal Szczepaniak 7, Max Fricke 1 and Joe Haines 6