Speedway: Tigers pair qualify for British final

Left to right: Craig Cook, Danny King and Ben Barker. Picture: Andy Garner.
Left to right: Craig Cook, Danny King and Ben Barker. Picture: Andy Garner.

Sheffield duo Simon Stead and Adam Roynon are through to the British final after safely negotiating last night’s semi at Owlerton.

Stead won three races to finish on 10 points whilst Roynon gained reward for a solid-scoring display in which he picked up points in every outing to also book his place at Wolverhampton on June 16.

The meeting was won by Birmingham’s Danny King. He was joined on the rostrum by Craig Cook and Ben Barker, with the highest-profile elimination being Edward Kennett although treble champion Chris Harris had a huge scare.

Stead started his meeting with two emphatic wins, getting the better of Roynon in a fine heat 6 battle as his fellow Tigers heat-leader reeled off a string of second places.

But the Sheffield skipper suffered disaster in heat 9, an incident-filled race which begun with Andre Compton being disqualified for breaking the tapes.

Then Harris crashed heavily going into the first bend after clipping the back wheel of Danny King, and at the third time of asking Stead threw a chain on the start-line to leave him point-less from the race.

He was then relegated to third place after a race-long battle with Ben Barker in heat 16, but cruised to victory in his final outing.

Cook looked set to join King on 14 points when he hit the front in heat 20, but Harris produced the ride of the night to pass him on the last lap to save his final place, whilst Roynon finished third.

British semi-final scores: King 14, Cook 13, Barker 13, Nicholls 12, Stead 10, Harris 8, Roynon 8 (all qualify for the final), Kennett 7, Morris 6, Kerr 5, Wright 5, Sneddon 4, Compton 4, Robson 3, Howarth 3, Sarjeant (res) 3, Bates 1, Greaves (res) 0.