REDCAR Bears were denied the chance to collect a valuable awayday point when the rain came down at Ipswich last night.
The Ecco Finishing Bears were 41-34 down when rain caused the meeting to be abandoned with 12 of the scheduled 15 heats run
The result stands, at that left the Bears cursing their bad luck as they were seven points behind – had the margin been just one point less they would have been awarded a point.
They’d started the evning well, taking a 7-5 lead after two races, Luke Crang earning a point despite falling in the second of those – he got back up and on his machine before the Witches’ Adam Ellis also bit the dust although he was excluded when he ended up under the air fence.
The hosts, who have a proud home record, hit back and took the upper hand although with Richard Lawson especially in fine form they didn’t have it all their way.
Aaron Summers and Jan Graversen scored a 4-2 over Richie Worrall and Gino Manzares, the latter of whom was excluded, to make it level pegging again at 18-18 after six races before Ipswich opened a 10-point lead – as good as it got for them – with 10 heats gone.
The black and white helmet colour is a particularly useful option when you’re in that situation and have a rider of Lawson’s calibre to wear it, and out he came for heat 11.
As the rain began to fall he did everything that was asked of him, winning the race to take double points.
And with Hugh Skidmore third behind Ellis, the gap was down to 37-32.
The Witches nicked a 4-2 next time out but that proved to be the last of the action.
The sides are due to clash again in the return match at South Tees Motorsports Park tonight (7.30pm).
WITCHES: Morten Risager 11, Gino Manzares 8, Rohan Tungate 6, Richie Worrall 5+2, Ritchie Hawkins 5, Adam Ellis 4+1, Cameron Heeps 2+1.
BEARS Richard Lawson 12, Aaron Summers 6+1, Jan Graversen 6, Hugh Skidmore 4, Carl Wilkinson 4, Rafal Konopka 1, Luke Crang 1.