Pierce is top dog in speedway champs

SOMERSHAM Cycle Speedway completed their 2008 season with the annual Club Championship, despite pre-meeting rain making track conditions rather soggy.

Stuart Watson

SOMERSHAM Cycle Speedway completed their 2008 season with the annual Club Championship, despite pre-meeting rain making track conditions rather soggy.

Eight-year-old Pierce Bacon from partner club Kesgrave, recovered from a second ride fall to finish top dog in an exciting final featuring the top four scorers.

Joining Bacon on the grid were Somersham junior Joe Hodge, who headed the qualifiers, and home No.1 Gary Brown - but under the handicap system he would have to do an extra lap.

Completing the line-up was 2007 champion Steve Copping. The first attempt was stopped after Hodge bizarrely lost a shoe, but in the rerun Bacon shot from the tapes once more to take the lead.

Hodge pressured right to the finish but could not find a way past, while Copping and Brown were left to reflect on how much progress the youngsters have made this season.

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