THE Vortex Hammers overcame a slow start against Elite League leaders Wolverhampton Wolves to run out winners by fourteen points and maintain their challenge for the play-offs.
That the meeting even went ahead was a testimony to the track staff as a downpour had left the track underwater at 6pm. All of the surface water was cleared from the track and the raceway made ready in time for the 8 o’clock start – and it was a start that saw the visitors take to conditions quicker.
The visitors won six of the first eight heats and trailed the home side by just two points at the turn despite fielding a depleted side with Grand Prix star Tai Woffinden absent. Despite this, their superior prowess at the starting gate saw them repeatedly hit the front with the home side unable to make significant in-roads once behind.
The turning point came in heat nine when Piotr Swiderski and Sebastian Ulamek teamed up for a 5-1 over Ludvig Lindgren and guest Ryan Fisher, who was deputising for Woffinden but endured a torrid night.
This was immediately followed by another 5-1 thanks for Peter Karlsson and Lewis Bridger over the previously unbeaten Adam Skornicki – and all of a sudden the Hammers had some breathing space. The ten point lead did afford Wolves the use of Fredrik Lindgren as a tactical ride in the next race but it was Hammers’ own guest Tyson Nelson who brought the house down when he led Lindgren for three laps. This was enough for Davey Watt to get comfortably in front and prevent the tactical ride from making the desired impact.
A brace of shared races followed as the Hammers closed out the win, leaving a top class final race for fans to enjoy as Swiderski and Karlsson both came from the back to defeat Lindgren and Skornicki.