Devils skipper Benji Compton combined with young gun Henry Atkins to win the Devon Best Pairs on Friday night at Plymouth. The duo displayed some excellent team riding throughout the meeting to take the title by a solitary point at the end from Luke Priest and Shane Hazelden.
It all came down to a showdown in the penultimate race between Compton and Atkins in competition with team mates Steve Boxall and Richard Andrews. Mathematically a first and second for the latter pair would have given them a run off with Priest and Hazelden for the title. Compton and Atkins knew that a second and third would give then 5 points based in the scoring system used of 4,3,2,0.
Nerves were jittering at the start gate as Andrews touched the tapes and was penalised 15 metres handicap. He battled hard but could not get past the team riding duo . Boxall defied the pain barrier with his back muscle problem but was clearly not finding riding easy and could be a doubt for the Devils Saturday night visit to Lakeside.
DEVON PAIRS, at
1. Benji Compton 15, Henry Atkins 16 = 31
2. Shane Hazelden 13, Luke Priest 17 = 30
3. Steve Boxall 19, Richard Andrews 8 =27
4. Adam Roynon 13, Callum Walker 8 =21
5. Ryan Terry-Daley 12, Rob Parker 2 =14
6. Matt Bates 6, Saul Bulley 6 =12