The Devon Best Pairs at Plymouth on Friday has such an open field that it difficult to predict a winning pair. With six pairs contesting 15 heats with the scoring based on 4 for a win, 3 for 2nd , 2 for 3rd and 0 for 4th team riding will be at a maximum as the riders use the system to notch up sufficient points to reach the Grand Final.
In addition to the eight Devils joining the action are track specialist David Mason, currently without a team spot after Lakeside replaced him, Eastbourne’s local lad Matt Bates, Stoke’s Luke Priest and former Kings Lynn rider Shane Hazelden .
The pairings see three Devils duo’s together pitting Steve Boxall with Richard Andrews, Benji Compton with Henry Atkins and Adam Roynon with Callum Walker.
Mason teams up with Rob Parker, Bates with Saul Bulley whilst Priest and Hazelden join up in the quest to be the Devon Best Pairs Champions.
Co-Promoter Laurence Rogers thinks the fans are in for real treat, “ We have tried to put together a competitive line-up that will produce some top class racing. The pairings have been carefully sorted and for the Plymouth riders three pairs are riding with team mates they are usually riding with. This should lead to some interesting battles for sure. With the scoring system it will encourage team riding with riders realising that a 2nd and 3rd place giving 5 points is worth more than a first and last that equals 4 !! But they will be looking for 7 points from a first and second in reality!”
“We also have two riders wanting to put themselves in the shop window for clubs in David Mason and Shane Hazelden whilst Devonian Matt Bates loves riding the St Boniface Arena plus Luke Priest had a solid meeting last week for Stoke. All in all this should be a cracker of a meeting !”
The Devils outstanding National Trophy match at Swindon will be on Thursday 22nd June.
1. STEVE BOXALL + 2. RICHARD ANDREWS
3. MATT BATES + 4. SAUL BULLEY
5. BENJI COMPTON + 6. HENRY ATKINS
7. DAVID MASON + 8. ROB PARKER
9. SHANE HAZELDEN + 10. LUKE PRIEST
11. ADAM ROYNON + 12. CALLUM WALKER
GATES OPEN 5.45. FIRST RACE 7.15 . ADULTS £10. CHILD 10-16 £ 5, CHILD U10 FREE. FAMILY 2A + 2C £25. PROGRAMME £2.50