The Hammers continued their winning streak with another solid victory, this time over Peterborough Panthers.
The home side had their noses in front from the very first race and never looked back despite the Panthers claiming advantages in both of their tactical ride efforts.
Lakeside’s two best performers were Adam Shields (paid fourteen points) and Jonas Davidsson (thirteen points) and both featured in some of the best action of the evening, primarily when the lively Rory Schlein was in opposition. The new Peterborough signing was excellent value and passed Davidsson in heat three, inflicting the only defeat of the night on the Swede.
“JD” recovered from that early setback to post an unbeaten run of scores, which twice included a couple of superb second turns to out pace Panthers guest rider Scott Nicholls in heats five and nine, the latter when Nicholls donned the black and white helmet for double points.
There were mechanical gremlins for the home side in the early part of the meeting with Lee Richardson stopping in heat six when exiting the second corner, the incident coming just a couple of heats after Stuart Robson had packed up mid race to suffer his second misfortune of the night. The first had come when popular Robbo blew a new engine up on the stand before the meeting and Richardson was quick to lend him some machinery for the remainder of the match.
With Nicholls’ tactical effort somewhat nullified and Aussie star Troy Batchelor suffering a nightmare meeting for the Panthers, boss Trevor Swales’ last effort to salvage points was Schlein’s double-pointer in heat twelve. The Aussie duly won from Daniel Davidsson but Panthers’ advantage was restricted when Robson passed the entertaining Krzysztof Buczkowski for third.
That proved to be the end of the Panthers’ challenge as the Hammers turned the screw over the final three heats. Shields passed Batchelor for second behind Richardson in thirteen; Jonas Davidsson and guest Kevin Doolan cruised home in fourteen; and Shields and Jonas Davidsson were first away from the gate in heat fifteen to round off a run of three consecutive 5-1 advantages.
Hammers team boss Jon Cook was again delighted with the performance of his team, saying: “We had good racing tonight and fair play to Peterborough, they came here and had a good go – it will be really tight when they return to this track in August.”
“It was a hard fought victory and we had a few mechanical gremlins to contend with but did very well to keep our momentum in the league going.”