Tigers lose it on the line

GLASGOW went out of the Championship Pairs event in the semi-final – but felt they were robbed by a bad refereeing decision.

Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers qualified in second from their group to set up a tasty contest with Redcar for a place against hosts Sheffield in the final.

With Lawson second behind Redcar’s Charles Wright, a third place for Summers would have been enough – and they thought they had got that when the Tigers rider appeared to beat Ben Barker in the run-in to the line.

However, referee Stuart Wilson gave it to Barker, sending the Bears through and the Tigers crashing out.

Team boss Stewart Dickson said afterwards he had been shown proof that Summers should have been given third place.

He said: “The centre green photographer showed me the picture and you can clearly see that Aaron got it by more than half a bike length, but the referee got it wrong, which is the third time he has done so against our club.

“That was a big call and a very poor decision in a big meeting.

“It’s very disappointing because Richard and Aaron battled really well all afternoon. I think they deserved to reach the final.

“I feel sorry for the Glasgow fans who travelled down, and our riders are gutted as well.”

Sheffield, represented by Lasse Bjerre and Kyle Howarth, went on to win the event.