LAKESIDE 48 WOLVES 45

Friday April 01, 2011
PARRYS International Wolves skipper Peter Karlsson continued his blistering start to the new season with a faultless five-ride maximum at Purfleet.

Lakeside took victory on the night but Karlsson combined with fellow Swede Fredrik Lindgren for maximum advantages in Heats 13 and 15 to reduce a 13-point gap to three, enough for a league point to open Wolves’ account for 2011.

The Hammers proved to be the more solid outfit and led throughout after taking a 4-2 in Heat 1, despite losing their captain Lee Richardson to a knee injury when he came to grief in Heat 10 – although that crash did give a second chance to his team-mate Kauko Nieminen, who had been behind both Wolves riders when Richardson fell, but who duly won the re-run.

With a 5-1 to the home side in Heat 12 putting them 43-29 up, Wolves nominated Karlsson for double-points in Heat 13, and his 8-1 with Lindgren over a thrusting Peter Ljung brought them back within range of salvaging something from the meeting.

Tai Woffinden took an important race win in Heat 14 which left the Swedish duo requiring any kind of advantage in the finale, and a perfect 5-1 was the outcome as Karlsson and Lindgren held Ljung and Nieminen at bay.

LAKESIDE 48: Kauko Nieminen 11, Adam Shields 10, Peter Ljung 10, Kyle Legault 7+4, Jonas Davidsson 6+3, Lee Richardson 2+1, Robert Mear 2.

WOLVES 45: Peter Karlsson 18, Fredrik Lindgren 11+2, Tai Woffinden 8, Ricky Wells 5, Ty Proctor 3+2, Ludvig Lindgren 0, Tyson Burmeister 0.

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