THE Vortex Lakeside Hammers stormed back to the top of the Elite League with a convincing 56 – 38 victory over the Swindon Robins at the Arena Essex Raceway, on a night which saw Hammers reserve Ben Morley becoming the first Fast Track reserve of the new era to score a paid maximum.
Despite the threat of rain throughout the day, the Raceway crowd witnessed a solid team performance from the Hammers. Captain Davey Watt lead the way with 10 paid 11 points, backed by the evergreen Peter Karlsson along with Mikkel Bech and Lewis Bridger, who provided numerous entertaining on track tussles, especially against visiting Number one rider Peter Kildemand.
After extracting revenge on the Robins, who snatched a point on their previous visit to the Raceway, Hammers Co-promoter Jon Cook commented:
“It was another good night for the team with all seven riders on form and Ben’s performance was very special. He is a cult hero at the Raceway and his second ride battle with Dakota North was a real highlight”.
The Essex team now head to Wolverhampton on Monday, with the aim of consolidating their position at the top of the Elite League table.
Lakeside Hammers = 56
Peter Karlsson: 9+1, Richard Lawson: 6+1, Davey Watt: 10+1, Mikkel Bech: 8 Lewis Bridger: 9+2, Ben Morley: 8+4, Adam Ellis: 6
Swindon Robins = 38
Peter Kildemand: 16, Dakota North: 2+1, Nick Morris: 9, Simon Gustafsson: 5
Bjarne Pedersen: 2+1, Dan Greenwood: 4+1, Benji Compton: 0