Ipswich Whirlwinds (99+30) 129 .
Jamie Chittock 22 (6), Josh Brooke 18+5 (6), Lewis Roberts 16+3 (6), Ben Harvey 16+1 (6), Leon Mower 15+2 (5), Pierce Bacon 12+1 (6) .
Ipswich Eagles (75+15) 90 .
Richard Fellgett 21 (6), Ashley Hill 19 (6), Charlie Rumbold 11+2 (6), Fraser Harris 9 (6), Jordan Stant 7+1 (6), Alex Harvey 7 (3), Matt Hill 1 (2, injured).
Referee: Bill Brooke
Whitton raceway was the venue for the first ever meeting between the two newly formed Ipswich teams with the Whirlwinds strangely welcoming the Eagles as their guests in what promised to be an pulsating encounter. After the first three heats there was nothing to separate the two teams with three drawn heats.
The hosts edged in front in heat four following an horrific crash by Matt Hill; while crossing the line to start his last lap his bike seemed to lock up, throwing the helpless rider in to the air and his machinery cart wheeling over the top of him. Matt was taken to hospital with suspected collarbone injury, with the Eagles already handicapped by restrictions this made their task seemly impossible.
Heat five saw the Whirlwinds inflict more misery after Rumbold came down and failed to remount allowing Mower/ Brooke partnership to ease to a comfortable 7-2 thus opening up an eight point lead. From that moment the Whirlwinds never looked in any real danger as they took control of the match and rode as a unit.
Half time arrived with the hosts up by fourteen, the pairing changing for the second half. Ipswich Eagles could be excused for looking at the opening heat with a chance of clawing some points back as Hill/Harris lined up against Whirlwinds young duo of Bacon /Harvey having claimed the inside grids, but some brilliant team riding by both youngsters secured an unlikely drawn heat and showed just why their team manager has complete faith in them.
With the partnership of Brooke/Chittock having already notched up six maximum in their six
heats together this season the Whirlwinds look a formidable force at this level with a strong platform to build from having dropped just two of with thirty six heats in 2014.
The young Eagles have had a tough start to the season and haven’t had a lot of luck go their way ,but they will bounce back and will have learned a lot about themselves and can only get stronger as the season goes on. As for the Whirlwinds its the perfect start to their campaign and confidence is high; they surely will be in the mix come the end of the season.
Next up is Great Blakenham away for the Whirlwinds while the Eagles welcome Kesgrave Panthers to Whitton .