Bandits and Jonasson outshine the Diamonds
BERWICK BANDITS 53NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS 34Berwick hosted Newcastle in a local derby at Shielfield on Saturday night with new Bandits Thomas H Jonasson making his debut.
The Swede got off to a winning start in his opening ride, partnering Kevin Doolan to a 5-1 in heat three, which helped the home side open up a four point lead after the first two races were shared.
He also won his fifth race - he had six outings in all - but also had a fall, which he thankfully walked away from unscathed.
Jonasson has replaced the injured Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, who has confirmed his season is now over after suffering a shoulder injury, whilst Berwick will also continue to use rider replacement for Aaron Summers for the meetings which remain.
Newcastle, with Stevie Worrall once again their dominant force, winning three races, provided six race winners in all, five of which came in the first nine heats.
Lasse Bjerre, Thomas Jorgensen and Max Clegg were their other race winners, but with former Bandit Matty Wethers forced to withdraw with a groin injury, the Diamonds just didn’t have enough sparkle to take anything from the meeting.
Jye Etheridge, Dany Gappmaier and Doolan all weighed in with useful contributions, reserves Leon Flint and Coty Garcia adding a paid 13 between them, which meant the Bandits were always in control.
The victory lifted Berwick up to eighth place in the Championship table on 23 points and team manager Gary Flint said: “It’s always nice to get one over your near neighbours. All six riders contributed to the win, but of course a special mention must go to Thomas, who on his debut won two races and also had a fall, but made a valuable contribution to the team.”
Berwick: Etheridge 14+1, Doolan 10+3, Gappmaier 10+1, Jonasson 9, Flint 6+2, Garcia 4+1, Summers rider rep.
Newcastle: Worrall 13+1, Jorgensen 9, Bjerre 6, Clegg 4, Ostergaard 2, Phillips 0, Wethers 0 (withdrawn).
This weekend Berwick race at Glasgow on Friday and on Saturday have their final home meetings of the season - a double header against Edinburgh and Glasgow (with an earlier start time of 6.30pm).