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Bandits hit the skids in final outing for 2019

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Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 61
Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 29
SGB Championship

The Berwick Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) ended their (generally very successful) 2019 SGB with a visit to the Glasgow Tigers last night with a late start time as the second part of a double-header (which Glasgow won 51-39 over Sheffield), but the Bandits were keen to finish with a flourish, but the home side had other ideas.

After two heats the Bandits were flagging 9-3, Heat one providing a great battle between Bandits' guest Ben Barker and Craig Cook, the Tiger taking the last pass on the second lap while Coty Garcia and Leon Flint found Heat Two tough going, both eventually passed by Connor Bailey who took a 5-1 with winner Kyle Bickley.

Former Bandit, Claus Vissing made the Heat Three gate to win the three points over Barker as Sam Jensen held Berwick skipper Kevin Doolan at the back for a 4-2, before Heat Four stuck another 4-2 over the Bandits as Jye Etheridge saved the home maximum by passing Bickley on the third lap with the score now 17-7.

Barker and Dany Gappmaier gated in Heat Five but Sam Jensen whipped up between the pair to lead as Vissing then took Gappmaier, then Barker to complete the home 5-1 hammering 14 points between the sides, while Barker was out for his fourth race of the night in Heat Seven as a tactical substitute (as the rider replacement for Tomas H. Jonasson) but ended stone last after Bailey overtook him on the second bend in a home 4-2 putting Glasgow into a fearful 30-12 lead.

Gappmaier stormed heat eight from a lightning gate to take an unexpected win ahead of the hard riding Sam Jensen, but with Bickley holding Flint at the back it was a shared 3-3, but Heat Nine came to a halt (second time out) when Etheridge fell while leading on the opening bend of the third lap into the fence, and was fortunate not to be struck by one of the following racers, and while was ok and fit, was out of the re-run.

Vissing took that re-run well after passing the fast starting Garcia, which was emulated by Sam Jensen a lap later for another home maximum with the score now 38-16, but with Cook winning the 10th ahead of Doolan and Gappmaier as Bickley suffered a puncture when in third place, the 3-3 took the score to 41-19, which meant the Bandits could not win with five races to go, emphasised by the home 5-1 in the 11th as Glasgow looked like hitting an emphatic home victory.

Team manager Gary Fling said: In a way, the way things went tonight it's probably as well our narrow defeat at Birmingham on Wednesday took us out of the play-off race, but we are the Bandits to a man, and we had fun and tried our best, and all the guys can be proud of a fine season's work!"

Individual Riders' Scores:

Glasgow "Allied Vehicles" Tigers 61

1 Craig Cook 3,3,3,2*,N2 = 11+1
2 Mikkel B. Andersen - Rider replacement
3 Claus Vissing 3,2*,3,3 = 11+1
4 Sam Jensen 1,3,2,2*,1*,2 = 11+2
5 Rasmus Jensen 3,3,3,3 = 12
6 Connor Bailey 2*,1,1,2*,2,1* = 9+3
7 Kyle Bickley 1,3,1,1*,R,1 = 7+1

Berwick "Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd." Bandits (Powered by Clear Energy Consulting) 29

1 Ben Barker (guest) 2,2,1,0,1,1,0 = 7
2 Dany Gappmaier 0,0,3,1,0 = 4+1
3 Tomas H. Jonasson - Rider replacement
4 Kevin Doolan 0,2,2,2,3,3 = 12
5 Jye Etheridge 2,2,Fx,N = 4
6 Coty Garcia 1,0,1,R = 2
7 Leon Flint 0,0,0,0,0 = 0