Wednesday July 20, 2011
NEW-LOOK Wolverhampton raced to their best away result of the season with a thrilling 45-45 draw at Belle Vue on Wednesday evening.

Freddie Lindgren was the last race hero as he passed home favourite Chris Harris on the opening lap to seal the draw, but Wolves boss Peter Adams was quick to pay tribute to the vital contribution of new recruit James Grieves.

He said: “His seven points were massive in the overall context of the meeting.

“If you're looking for one particular reason why we got something from the meeting, look no further than him.”

It was a tense and tight affair with the lead repeatedly changing hands and there were never more than a couple of points between the two teams throughout the night.

Tai Woffinden and Grieves put Wolves ahead with a 4-2 in Heat 3, only for the Aces to quickly level things up two races later.

Peter Karlsson then made a fast start to win a shared Heat 6, but Rory Schlein and Kyle Howarth put the Manchester side 22-20 in front with a 4-2 of their own in Heat 7.

Following three successive drawn races Wolverhampton regained the lead in Heat 11 with a 5-1 when Ty Proctor and Lindgren produced a brilliant piece of team-riding to hold off a very strong four-lap challenge from Schlein.

But Schlein was looking good winning the battle of the big guns in Heat 13, as Lindgren followed him home in second with Harris keeping Karlsson at the back. This came as a surprise as the Wolves skipper had rattled off three straight wins up to that point, and the ensuing Aces 4-2 levelled the scores at 39-39.

Woffinden then reeled in Ricky Kling on the line to win a shared Heat 14, thus taking the match to a nervous last race decider.

In Heat 15 Harris fell at the first time of asking, but in the re-run the brilliant Lindgren passed the British skipper and Schlein held out Karlsson for the vital third place that tied the match.

BELLE VUE 45: Chris Harris 11, Rory Schlein 10+1, Charlie Gjedde 7+1, Ricky Kling 7+1, Patrick Hougaard 6+1, Craig Cook 3+2, Kyle Howarth 1

WOLVERHAMPTON 45: Freddie Lindgren 11+1, Peter Karlsson 9, Tai Woffinden 7+1, James Grieves 7, Ty Proctor 6, Tyson Burmeister 4+1, Tero Aarnio 1

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