GREAT BRITAIN 53 DENMARK 37

Wednesday October 23, 2019
GREAT Britain turned on the style to beat Denmark 53-37 in the Global Challenge clash at King’s Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena.

And the Poultec Stars’ very own Lewis Kerr declared himself happy after making his international debut on home shale despite an eventful night in the rain.

Riders and officials alike deserve great credit for getting through the meeting as well as the fans for their patience.

Kerr notched five-points in the main body of the GB side and said: “It was a great win for Great Britain but it was an up and down night for myself.

“I binned it in Heat 1 which wasn’t great, but I pulled off a win in the next race which was quite a quick time too!

“In the next couple of races I made the gate and went to the fence, but there wasn’t anything there and I got passed up the inside. Overall, though I am really happy!”

Fellow King’s Lynn man Craig Cook scored a healthy 8+1 for GB against a Denmark side managed by the legendary Hans Nielsen.

It was a satisfactory debut as GB bosses for former riders Olly Allen and Simon Stead.

But It was a bad start for Great Britain as Cook suffered a tapes exclusion in Heat 1. In the rerun Kerr fell with Kasper Andersen in turn one with Kerr being disqualified as the primary cause of the stoppage.

Niels-Kristian Iversen and Andersen romped to a 5-1 over reserve replacement Drew Kemp.

Great Britain were soon level, though with back-to-back 4-2’s in heats 2 and 3.

And then the home side took the lead for the first time with back-to-back heat advantages in heats 5 and 6 putting them 20-16.

They did get a bit of luck with Iversen suffering an engine failure while on a 5-1 with Hans Andersen in heat 6.

Dan Bewley and Anders Rowe romped you 5-1 in heat 8 which meant Denmark manager Hans Nielsen opted to put his captain Iversen in a tactical substitute in heat 9.That change came up trumps as Iversen and Rasmus Jensen romped to a 5-1 over Kerr and Kemp which cut their deficit to four points.

Great Britain responded with four straight heat advantages to take a commanding lead.

Kemp and Rowe secured a classy 5-1 in heat 12. The race of the night came in the next heat, though when British Champion Charles Wright rode the fence for a lap to pass Iversen for the lead and then Cook followed his teammate to complete the 5-1.

GREAT BRITAIN 53: Adam Ellis 10, Charles Wright 10, Anders Rowe 9+3, Craig Cook 8+1, Drew Kemp 6, Lewis Kerr 5, Dan Bewley 5.
DENMARK 37: Rasmus Jensen 11+1, Niels-Kristian Iversen 10+1, Matias Nielsen 5, Mikkel Bech 4+2, Hans Andersen 4, Kasper Andersen 3+1, Benjamin Basso 0.

Report: ROBIN ALLEN



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