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It may well be a saying from a time gone by in speedway history, but it certainly applied today as Mildenhall speedway turned back the clock for an afternoon of old style speedway entertainment.
Two balanced sides giving there all, produced some exciting racing in front of a good crowd. Heat One will probably go down as the race of the season at Mildenhall as Danny ‘Mr Entertainment’ Ayres and Nathan Stoneman repeatedly exchanged positions whilst chasing hard to catch Danny Halsey, Stoneman finally getting the better of Ayres to finish behind Halsey.
Heat Two followed the pattern of Heat One as young guns Taylor Hampshire and Jordan Jenkins had the crowd entranced as they displayed their prodigious skills. The fast gating Hampshire unable to hold Jenkins at bay as the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tiger executed a smooth pass to defeat his opponent. The action was coming fast and furious and two heats later Hampshire exacted revenge on Jenkins with another fast start that this time saw him to victory, not before a heart stopping moment coming off bend four when Jenkins nearly collected Hampshire after picking up some unexpected drive. It was only the 15 year old starlet’s composure that allowed him to regain control of his machine in an instant and avoid what could have been a nasty moment! Heat Eight saw another fine ride by Ayres to hold off Stoneman as the two battled again for victory. By this point the NL Select’s guest Team Manager Nigel Flatman had started employing the Tactical Substitute to his advantage to pull his charges back into the meeting.
He repeated the feat on Heat Nine when Ben Morley came in for an extra ride, the Kent King led from pillar to post but with Jon Armstrong and Alfie Bowtell tucking in behind the gap remained at eight points. It was extended to ten in the next heat with another fine ride from Ayres, but successive heats wins for Stoneman and Morley in Heats Eleven and Twelve bought the gap down to six points before a fine 5-1 for the visitors in Heat Thirteen produced the score everyone hoped for and happiness was once again 40-38.
The second half featured the Bernie Klatt Memorial meeting as the club once again remembered the man who did so much for Mildenhall speedway at the beginning of the clubs history. With a fine trophy and prize money on offer the action never eased up at all as Danny Ayres, Ben Morley and Danny Halsey won the three heats and were joined in the final by fastest second place Luke Priest.
The final gate positions were drawn using an old style ‘box of balls’ and although drawing the outside gate, Ayres managed to get across Halsey on the first bend and roar away to a fine win. The season at West Row was over but everyone left wanting more and looking forward to 2017!
Kevin Jolly addressed supporters after the meeting, he said “Today was old style speedway entertainment and I would like to thank all the riders for their efforts today, they certainly put on a show and it was a fine way to end the season. Overall it has been a good year and without our unfortunate injuries it could have been so much better, we will look forward to 2017 with renewed optimism. ”
Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers 40
Danny Ayres 9+1 (4 rides), Danny Halsey 9 (4), Jon Armstrong 7+1 (4), Jordan Jenkins 6 (3), Alfie Bowtell 4+1 (4), Connor Coles 3+1 (4) and William O’Keefe 2 (3)
National League Select 38
Ben Morley 12 (5), Nathan Stoneman 11+1 (5), Luke Priest 8+1 (5), Taylor Hampshire 5 (4), Scott Campos 2 (3), George Hunter 0 (2) and Connor Locke 0 (2)
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