Kyle top scores for GB under-21's in Poland
Photo by Dave PayneMon 27 May 2013
A learning experience for British youngsters in Poland
Workington's Kyle Howarth top-scored for the Team GB under-21 side, which he also captained, as they finished last in their under-21 World Team Cup semi-final at Gdansk in northern Poland on Saturday night.
However, Great Britain Youth co-boss Neil Vatcher says last Saturday's World Under-21 Team Cup qualifier in Poland has to be viewed as a positive experience for his riders.
The GB quartet finished fourth in the Gdansk meeting on 14 points, with their Polish hosts in charge on 47 followed by Russia (34) and Sweden (26).
Vatcher said: “Even though Team GB ran a third or last in all but three of 20 races, the only way we are going to catch up with the rest of Europe is to compete in these meetings, learn from it, and go back next time determined to put on a better show, learning about different set-ups and track conditions.
“Kyle Howarth put in a brave effort and was unlucky not to have a race win when his engine blew up on the last lap of his second ride when in front. Kyle top-scored with eight, and Ashley Morris, Adam Ellis and Tom Perry all scored two.”
Comets team manager Tony Jackson added: "Despite the team performance, against admittedly much more experienced quartets, the overall involvement with the Team GB set up and the experience of racing overseas on unfamiliar tracks can only help broaden the speedway education of Kyle and Ashley. We now look forward to them being back in the Comets line-up for our next meeting on Saturday 8th June at Derwent Park when Redcar are the visitors in a Premier League fixture."
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Last Updated : Tue 28 May 2013, 16:08 UK