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Saturday, 01 November 2014

Grand Prix didn't disappoint

The Cardiff Grand Prix is the jewel in the crown of the British speedway season and on Saturday it didn’t disappoint.

Although British success was limited at best some of the racing at times was a joy to behold as well as throwing up some unpredictable results.

We didn’t have the controversy or the handbags at 10 paces of previous years – although it was still entertaining to watch a replay of the dust-up between Scotty Nicholls and Emil Sayfutdinov from a few years back – but it was the racing which took centre stage.

It was slow to start but when it got going after around heat nine you couldn’t take your eyes off it.

The first lap of the final – won by Greg Hancock – will be one of the best first laps of speedway you will see.

THE first piece of Premier League silverware was up for grabs last week – and the Comets came so close to winning it.

James Wright and Rusty Harrison were our duo and did what was required, running hardly any last places, but just came up short, losing to Glasgow in the final.

Glasgow are looking strong and I am sure it won’t be the last we see of them as they look like our strongest challengers for the title and I know I am looking forward to a possible Rusty/Joe Screen rematch.

Maybe if Peter Kildemand had been eligible or the league match against Somerset hadn’t been called off a week before things might have been different.

Although that trophy has gone there are still plenty of others up for grabs, including the fours, where I can’t wait to see Wrighty, Rusty, Peter and Tomas Topinka do battle in what must be one of the strongest quartets.

IT IS heartening to see how much support former speedway rider Leigh Adams is getting following his horrific injury a couple of weeks ago.

Adams, who recently retired from the sport, was practising for the Finke Desert Race in Alice Springs, an ambition he had always held once he hung up his kevlars.

However, during that practice he was hospitalised after an accident which left him with several fractured vertebrae, extensive spinal cord injuries, punctured lungs, broken ribs, a broken scapula and a small fracture in his neck.

It is ironic that is should happen to the Aussie who probably broke no more than a fingernail during his speedway career.

A Facebook group set up has already attracted 4,200 members and his wife Kylie has said she has been bowled over by the amount of support her family has received from all over the world, showing how popular a rider Adams was.

A benefit meeting has already been planned for November and I think I echo the sentiments of everybody by saying “Get well soon Leigh”.
 

By Paul Crute
Published: June 30, 2011

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