Home win for Rebels in PL Pairs
The Somerset Rebels emerged victorious in last night's Premier League Pairs in front of their own supporters when they defeated Edinburgh in the Final at the Oak Tree Arena in front of a bumper crowd.
Meanwhile the Comets pairing of Claus Vissing (9) and Ricky Wells (8) totalled 17 points, finishing third in their five-team group behind group winners Somerset (26) and second placed Glasgow (18), with the Tigers getting beaten by Edinburgh in their semi-final.
The Rebels duo of Josh Grajczonek and Rohan Tungate scored 26 points from a possible 28 in their group to sail into the semi-finals. They then overcame Sheffield as Grajczonek came from the back to overtake Simon Stead and Kyle Howarth, with Tungate leading from the start, whilst the Final saw the home side defeat Edinburgh duo Sam Masters and Ryan Fisher.
Somerset boss Garry May said: “Josh and Rohan were just superb tonight, as they have been all season. I think they were probably a bit nervous in their opening ride, but once they got that out of the way, they were almost untouchable.
“Even when Josh was at the back in the semi-final against Sheffield, I just knew that he would find a way past, which he did with an absolutely stunning move.
“In the Final itself, once they hit the front as soon as the tapes went up, they were not going to be denied, but even so, it was with a mixture of jubilation and relief when the chequered flag fell at the end of the four laps and we could start celebrating their Championship win!”
Josh Grajczonek had previously triumphed in the event three years ago, whilst for Tungate it was back-to-back Pairs wins as he had emerged victorious with Danny King for Ipswich last season.
Grajczonek said: “It was good to win the Pairs Championship again for Somerset, having won it in 2013 with Doyley (Jason Doyle).
“I really wanted to make up for losing out in last year's Final, and although we didn't really go into the meeting with a game-plan, Rohan and I rode well as a pair, and I am just so pleased to have won tonight for everyone associated with Somerset, but most of all for the Hancock family who put everything into this club.”
Tungate said: “This has been a perfect night for me and Josh and the support was amazing. I've been at the club two minutes and everyone has been great with me from the off, and the win tonight is for everyone connected with the Rebels.
“It's a really proud moment for me to help the club win a trophy after they decided to sign me over the winter.”
Edinburgh promoter Alex Harkess was in philosophical mood after the Monarchs missed out on the Premier League Pairs in the Final.
Sam Masters and Ryan Fisher overcame fierce rivals Glasgow in an epic semi-final but were unable to get the better of Somerset in the decider.
Harkess said: “Our boys did very well indeed and have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of losing to Somerset. We really needed to win the toss for the final because gates 1 and 3 were a lot better, but we lost it.
“But I certainly have no quarrels with Somerset winning they looked the strongest all night. Our semi-final was classic pairs racing and it was good to pip Glasgow in that.
“Sam and Ryan worked hard for each other all night and I was very happy with them. It was a good night.”
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Last Updated : Mon 11 Jul 2016, 00:24 UK