Weymouth Wildcat Team Show A Determined Performance
There was a chill in the air that descending over the Arlington Stadium on Saturday Night. It was supposed to be a hot, smouldering night as Weymouth Wildcats hoped for their first win against last season's SDL winners, Reading Racers. Sadly, I did result in a loss for the Wildcats again. It did not really reflect the night and once again the Wildcats showed their teamwork and determination in abundance. The Wildcats have the reputation as one of the friendliest teams but is marred with a great deal of bad luck.
Two last minute changes brought in some strong guest riders and with both SDL and MDL representatives at the track, the boys were looking to impress. James Jessop (JJ) showed improvement from last week at Peterborough and Jake Fellows took the Wildcats Captaincy.
Martin Peters, co-promoter of the Wildcats was joined by Luke Barnes who was originally supposed to ride but had van problems again and was unable to get his bike down to celebrate a belated birthday. But as the team bonds well together, he was a great addition to help with set up of the bikes. He seemed to enjoy doing this but we all knew he would have loved to have been out on the track, rather than at the side lines.
Arlington Stadium was busier than normal due to the meeting fixture before. And added to the atmosphere at an already tense clash. Sadly, once again it was not the Wildcats lucky night and this issues off the SDL meeting track meant that the team once again lost.
Jordan Bull was missing again from the line up due to prolonged recovery from injury. And replaced by who is becoming a regular guest Max Pankhurst and as a last minute replacement Carmarthen Dragon's captain Luke Whitehead. Bailey was missing due to a meeting in Scotland for the youth championship, which on Sunday, brought more woes with engine problems for him and unable to take part after a long journey across the border.
For the Reading Racers, they were without Dan Gilkes, after his accident at Peterborough, but Reading was always going to be a tough meeting, with two of their riders having rider in the National League meeting before. Rhys Laker, returned to their side after his rather humorous and ridiculous accident on a bus that ruled him out evening when the Weymouth Select beat Reading a few weeks ago with the two man team. Both of these riders from the Select team were in action on Saturday, Max with the Wildcats and Nick Laurence riding now regularly for Reading Racers.
Nikki Latham who was once again trackside for Chesil Radio said; " It was a late finish for the meeting due to the several restarts of Heat 2. The team works so well together and just wish the points reflected their tremendous efforts."
The Heat Results were:
After several restarts, Stephen Whitehouse had to start 15 metres back due to touching the tapes, that did injury Jamie Bursill with them. Then on another restart Jamie Bursill was warned and then on the further restart was disqualified.
James Jessop (fell on final bend)
Luke Whitehead was disqualified from this heat after crashing.
Overall Result: Weymouth Wildcats 11 - Reading Racers 24