Tigers reign over plucky Bandits

GLASGOW beat the rain and the Berwick Bandits to get their Championship Shield campaign off to the perfect start.

Tigers chiefs managed to produce a circuit fit for racing despite the inclement weather this week – finally getting into competitive action after three call-offs.

And despite a valiant effort from the visitors, who were within just two points by heat nine, the home team made it look comfortable thanks to two 5-1s in the final two heats for the second match running.

There was a welcome return to form for James Sarjeant, who was named man of the match after a 10+1 points haul.

The 24-year-old said: “I’ve put in a lot of hard work recently so it’s good that it’s paid off.

“I was disappointed in my performance in the first meeting and it’s been a long wait for some points – but I’m feeling happier now.

“There’s been nothing we could do about the weather recently but hopefully we can get back to racing more often in the coming weeks.

“Given the rain we’ve had, I thought the track was brilliant – they did the best they could and well done to the club for getting it raceable.”

It was a night of mixed fortunes in the Glasgow camp, although those who’d had off nights in the opening match fared better – Sarjeant and Richie Worrall (12+1) included. Jack Thomas, the hero last time out, and Paul Starke suffered bike problems.

Claus Vissing top scored with 13+1 to continue his excellent start to the year, while Chris Harris bagged 6+1 on his debut – although he could’ve had three more had he not hit the deck while out front with Sarjeant in heat four.

The Tigers had Vissing and Sarjeant, and then Worrall and Vissing, to thank for extending the home team’s lead by eight in the last two heats and ensure the Bandits – for whom Dany Gappmaier and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen impressed – left empty-handed.

It gives Glasgow three points in the Border group, with a trip to Berwick tomorrow up next.

GLASGOW 54: Claus Vissing 13+1, Richie Worrall 12+1, James Sarjeant 10+1, Lewis Kerr 8+1, Chris Harris 6+1, Paul Starke 4+1, Jack Thomas 1
BERWICK 36: Dany Gappmaier 10, Kevin Doolan 8, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 7+1, David Howe 7, Jye Etheridge 2+1, Aaron Summers 1, John Lindman 1