SE1: Ipswich Whirlwinds 101 Norwich 78

Ipswich Whirlwinds 101 .
Lewis Roberts 21+3 (6), Ben Harvey 21+1 (6), Jamie Chittock 17+2 (5), Pierce Bacon 16+4(6), Lauren Jacobs 11+1 (5), Harrison Bacon 10 (5),Phil Clarke 5 (3) .

Norwich Stars 78 .
Dane Parkins 17+1 (6), Alan Parkins 15 (5), Chris Cullum 12 (5), Jamie Medler 12(6), Alex Dyball 10 +1(6), Mason Parkins 7+1 (5), Paddy Wenn 4+2 (2), Gary Colby 1 (1) .

Referee Paul Roberts ( Suffolk ) .

Ipswich Whirlwinds made it seven out of seven with a controlled and measured performance today against a spirited Norwich team that never gave up, Whirlwinds were able to rest Mower and Brooke allowing young starlet Harrison Bacon and the evergreen Phil Clarke their second run outs of the season.

Ipswich got off to the perfect start with two 7-3’s in the opening heats ,this was followed by two shared heats ,Norwich took the honours in five with a maximum 7-3 themselves , but the Suffolk unit are not top for nothing and hit back with their third max of the match to stretch their lead back to twelve points.

Half time arrived with the scoreboard showing 51 – 39 in the home team favour , the second half saw the home team kill off their opponents in the opening three heats with two 6-4’s and a max 7-3 to open up a twenty point gap ,the next three heats were all shared as the home team were content to keep Norwich at bay with sensible team riding.

Norwich did claim a second heat advantage in heat sixteen after young Harrison Bacon in his bravery to get inside his bigger and much older opponent in the shape of Chris Cullum got his foot locked into his own spokes of his front wheel, coming down rather heavily and taking no part in the re run. We wish Harrison a quick and speedy recovery with the British under 13’s only weeks away.

Norwich to their credit battled for every point and can take heart from performances from the likes of young Dane Parkins who scored an impressive 17 + 1, with dad Alan also chipping in 15 points of his own. It was also good to see Paddy Wenn back riding after his long lay off and hopefully ready for the British Vets Club Championship at Kesgrave. Finally a big thank you to all who helped out this afternoon especially match day referee Paul Roberts for stepping into take charge .

Next up at Whitton Raceway is Elite League action as the Eagles go head to head with the Hammers of Horspath, looking to get themselves back on track after the loss at Ashmore Park a fortnight ago knowing a win could open up the title race once more .