‘King Kev’ reigns with last-gasp win in the Bordernapolis
‘King Kev,’ Kevin Doolan reigned at Berwick on Saturday when he got his season off to a winning start by lifting the Bordernapolis individual at Shielfield.
The Bandits’ captain saved the best til last by sweeping past team-mate Aaron Summers off the last bend in the final to pip his fellow Aussie on the line.
It was a fitting finale to the event, which launched the new season at the Border track.
Both Doolan and Summers had topped the individual score chart in the heats with 14 points - Doolan dropping his only point to Summers in heat one, and Summers being headed by another Bandit, Coty Garcia, in heat nine.
In the Grand Prix style event, the top eight riders qualified for the semi-finals with first and second in the race-offs qualifying for the final.
Summers won his semi ahead of Newcastle’s Matty Wethers, whilst Doolan followed Bandit Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, who eventually finished third overall, home in his.
Other semi qualifiers were Garcia, Dany Gappmaier, Theo Pijper and Jye Etheridge.
In his first senior outing, Berwick-based Leon Flint scored six points, including a fine win from the back over Etheridge in heat 12, whilst another Berwicker, Edinburgh’s Luke Ruddick, scored three points.
Afterwards, Berwick team manager Gary Flint said the meeting was the ideal way for the riders to blow away the cobwebs and get them up to speed ahead of their opening meetings this weekend.
On Saturday the Bandits take on Newcastle at home in the opening Championship Shield fixture, with the return at Brough Park on Sunday evening.