LEICESTER 44 WOLVERHAMPTON 46

Saturday March 29, 2014
STAR guest Chris Harris was the last heat hero as Wolverhampton pulled off a hard fought 46-44 win at Leicester.


The Coventry man, in for Piotr Pawlicki, proved to be the matchwinner in a bruising battle which saw Parrys International Wolves skipper Tai Woffinden crash out at the end.

The Team GB skipper had already suffered two spectacular crashes earlier in the evening before he was left with nowhere to go when Leicester man Mads Korneliussen fell in front of him on the opening lap of a tense deciding race.

After Woffinden had received lengthy treatment, Grand Prix colleague Harris - guesting for Piotr Pawlicki - picked off Jason Doyle in sensational style to hand Wolves a remarkable win.

Promoter Chris Van Straaten was delighted with the character shown by his side - but he admitted Woffinden's misfortune ensured he had mixed feelings.

Said Van Straaten: "Tai was certainly in the wars tonight with those crashes, the last one especially was quite spectacular and that mutes the celebrations a little bit.

"That said it was a cracking victory all things considered and we are very pleased with the team performance as a whole against a solid Leicester side."

With Woffinden in the wars and Ty Proctor struggling to make an impression, Wolves appeared to have an uphill task - but Swede Jacob Thorssell put in a fine display in the main body to help bolster the side.

American racer Ricky Wells also recorded two race wins with a strong showing, whilst a superb night for Harris ensured the visitors had the firepower required to challenge for victory.

With reserve duo Joe Jacobs and Ashley Morris comfortably outscoring their Leicester counterparts, Wolves edged a nervy affair and added three big Elite League points to their tally.

LEICESTER 44: Mads Korneliussen 10, Peter Ljung 9+1, Jason Doyle 8+1, Patrick Hougaard 7+2, Simon Stead 5, Tom Perry 4+2, Max Clegg 1.

WOLVERHAMPTON 46: Chris Harris 11+2, Jacob Thorssell 10, Ricky Wells 8, Joe Jacobs 6+1, Tai Woffinden 6, Ashley Morris 5+1, Ty Proctor 0.


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