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Rory Roars to victory in Cumberland Open!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sun 01 Apr 2018 by Comets Press Office
Ipswich and Wolverhampton rider Rory Schlein took the honours in last night's season-opening Cumberland Open.
Schlein scored 13 points from his five outings to finish one point ahead of runner-up and former Comet Charles Wright.

This was the second successive season that Wright had claimed the runners-up position as the late addition to the field finished level with another former Comet, Kyle Howarth, on 12 points but relegated Howarth to third place on countback.

The title was effectively decided in a crunch heat 19.

Before this heat all riders had taken four rides with Howarth leading the pack on 11 points, one ahead of Schlein and Wright, who each had 10 points. But, Schlein led from the gate while Wright and Howarth were on his tail for the entire four lap journey. However, Schlein's victory was enough to give him the title while relegating Wright and Howarth to the minor places.

Mason Campton was the highest placed Comet; finishing in sixth place with 9 points. Behind him came the stylish Dan Bewley also on 9, Rene Bach on 8 points and Nicolai Klindt on 7 points.

Both Mason and Rene had a retirement on their scorecard while Comets youngster Kyle Bickley impressed on his home debut at this level - racing to 4 well-deserved points. These included an excellent ride in heat 1 when he led for two laps before eventually being overtaken by team-mate Rene Bach.

CUMBERLAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 31st March
Referee: Willie Dishington

R.Schlein 1 3 3 3 3 13
C.Wright 3 1 3 3 2 12
K.Howarth 2 3 3 3 1 12
R.Wells 2 3 2 1 3 11
S.Nicholls 3 2 2 2 2 11
M.Campton 2 3 R 1 3 9
D.Bewley 3 1 2 1 2 9
R.Bach 3 0 3 2 R 8
U.Ostergaard 0 1 1 3 3 8
C.Vissing 1 2 2 2 1 8
N.Klindt 1 2 1 2 1 7
K.Bickley 2 0 0 0 2 4
T.Pijper 1 2 1 R 0 4
R.Jensen 0 1 1 1 0 3
S.Lambert 0 0 0 0 1 1
M.Ruml 0 0 0 0 0 0

1: Bach, Bickley, Pijper, Jensen, 66.1
2: Bewley, Wells, Schlein, Ruml, 64.3
3: Nicholls, Howarth, Klindt, Lambert, 64.5
4: Wright, Campton, Vissing, Ostergaard, 65.5
5: Wells, Klindt, Wright, Bickley, 65.0
6: Schlein, Vissing, Jensen, Lambert, 65.4
7: Campton, Nicholls, Bewley, Bach, 65.6
8: Howarth, Pijper, Ostergaard, Ruml, 66.3
9: Schlein, Nicholls, Ostergaard, Bickley, 66.6
10: Howarth, Wells, Jensen, Campton (ret), 66.8
11: Bach, Vissing, Klindt, Ruml, 66.6
12: Wright, Bewley, Pijper, Lambert, 66.8
13: Howarth, Vissing, Bewley, Bickley, 66.9
14: Wright, Nicholls, Jensen, Ruml, 67.0
15: Ostergaard, Bach, Wells, Lambert, 66.6
16: Schlein, Klindt, Campton, Pijper (ret), 66.9
17: Campton, Bickley, Lambert, Ruml, 68.1
18: Ostergaard, Bewley, Klindt, Jensen, 66.7
19: Schlein, Wright, Howarth, Bach (ret), 67.0
20: Wells, Nicholls, Vissing, Pijper, 67.2
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