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Palovaara the Victor as Tigers charge on

By on August 10, 2015

Three Glasgow Tigers riders only just missed out on maximums as they put Redcar to the sword to continue their play-off charge, writes Bryan Copland.

The Tigers were rampant against the Bears, winning 62-28 and scoring six 5-1s in a row in the latter part of the meeting to sail off into the distance.

Reserve Victor Palovaara was only denied a full house by a puncture while leading his first race in heat two. And both Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers were unbeaten by an opponent until heat 15 – when a bike problem scuppered Summers’ maximum at the death.

It added another three points to the Tigers’ bid to finish inside the top two for the end-of-season showdown.

Team manager Stewart Dickson said he was “loving” his team’s form – and ran out of superlatives for his six-man side, helped by guest and former Tiger Josh Grajczonek at No.1.

Dickson said: “I thought we would win but some of the racing was really good. We had lots of passing.

“A special mention for Victor – who got a maximum apart from when he got a puncture in the race he was leading. All in all, really good and I’m very pleased. I’m loving it. It was a great meeting and a great victory.

“The reserves and second strings are riding the lines that Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers are on and it’s working for them.

“We’re winning races because confidence is high. The guys are going out expecting to win races – that’s the key – so it was thoroughly enjoyable. It’s good when you win and everyone is happy.

“Everyone is important. Hynek Stichauer got six paid seven. I know it was only Redcar and there were a few eyebrows raised when we signed him but he’s riding the track properly, he’s doing well. I’m happy for him.

“The team spirit is excellent and he’s fitted in. He’s a quiet boy but he’s fitting in lovely with the rest of them – so it’s all good. It’s getting exciting.”

Redcar had actually led the match 7-5 after two heats when Palovaara’s wheel problem let them in for a 4-2. But the injury-hit Bears, who were without four of their original seven riders, only had three race winners all day – two of those coming from Jonas B Andersen, who was by far their best rider.

The home side raised the roof when they killed off any hopes the away side had of a comeback in heat nine when, while on a tactical double, Andersen was overtaken by both Palovaara and Summers.

The Tigers now have a break from league racing as they host the Peugeot International Speedway Championship next Sunday, before a crucial meeting with fellow play-off challengers Somerset the following week – when No.1 Nick Morris should be back the side.

Tigers scorers: Aaron Summers 16+1, Victor Palovaara 12+3, Richard Lawson 12+2, James Sarjeant 9+1, Josh Grajczonek (guest) 7+1, Hynek Stichauer 6+1, Kauko Nieminen R/R.

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