Ty reaches semi-final at Owlerton
Photo by Dave PayneMon 03 Sep 2018
After coming back from a heavy fall in his fourth outing.
Comets representative Ty Proctor gave it his best shot but unfortunately it wasn't his day at Owlerton in yesterday's Riders' Championship - despite him beating all of the top three place-getters when they met in the qualifying heats!
Having passed eventual winner Craig Cook in the run to the chequered flag to take second place in his opening ride he then suffered the same fate in his next outing when a similar move from Scott Nicholls saw him pushed back to third place as they ran to the finish line.
However, a race win in his third outing over three former Comets; Tero Aarnio and the hitherto unbeaten duo of Kyle Howarth and Richard Lawson put him handily placed with 6 points from his three outings at the interval stage.
But, a heavy fall into the third turn air fence in a keenly contested opening lap in his fourth ride, heat 15, saw him excluded and require a thorough medical check up before carrying on in the meeting.
Going into heat 17 only a heat win would be good enough to see him have a chance of reaching the semi-final (for riders finishing third to sixth inclusive), but even then he needed other race results to go his way.
But, he shot from the outside gate to defeat Ricky Wells (one of seven former Comets in the line-up), Michael Palm Toft and the meeting reserve, his Comets team-mate Kyle Bickley, to win the race.
The following three heats did indeed see results fall into place to see him take the last qualifying place for the semi-final; edging out Tero Aarnio on count-back by virtue of having two race-wins to Aarnio's one.
However, that meant he had no choice of gate positions for the semi-final, where he was left with the inside gate. And, when the tapes rose so did his front wheel, which just saw him edged out of the first turn and with that his opportunity had gone as Craig Cook led Erik Riss, Charles Wright and Ty to the chequered flag.
This saw Cook and Riss into the final where they joined the top two qualifiers Richard Lawson and Kyle Howarth.
As the tapes rose Lawson was the early pace-setter before a ruthless move by Cook saw him go inside on turns three and four on the opening lap to come out of turn four on a fast line and chop Richard Lawson's nose off in a hard but fair pass.
From that position Cookie stormed to the chequered flag to win the title ahead of Lawson and Howarth, with Riss at the back; meaning that all three rostrum finishers were former Comets.
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Last Updated : Thu 06 Sep 2018, 02:19 UK