Wednesday July 25, 2018
FRUSTRATED Sam Masters admitted Wolverhampton simply had no answer to Belle Vue’s lightweight rockets in a 56-34 defeat at the National Speedway Stadium.

Masters topped the Parrys International Wolves charts having bagged 10-paid-11 from six rides with one point from his final two outings no reflection on his efforts.

“I say it every time I come here, we match their blokes at the start of the meeting because there is a bit of dirt on the track and technique comes into it,” said Masters.

“But as soon as it becomes a bit slick their little fellas are so fast. I have tried to work out how they do it so many times but I can’t.

“It was terrible to be top scorer with paid-11 and top scorers should never run a last place to be honest. We are all so frustrated, we just didn’t know what to do when it got as slick as that.

“It has to be down to the weight. I think the answer is to lose about 15 kilos.”

Masters and Rory Schlein were the only Wolves to record race wins on a night to forget.

Steve Worrall held off Jacob Thorssell having gated in the opener with Ashley Morris passed at the back by Craig Cook inside a lap.

Jye Etheridge’s blistering gate won the reserve race with Damian Drozdz passing Nathan Greaves during lap two for the point that secured another Aces 4-2.

Masters blasted around the outside to take a comfortable chequered flag but Dan Bewley overhauled Kyle Howarth to prevent Wolves making inroads.

Schlein led the way having got around both reserves in the fourth only to get outfoxed on the inside of the first turn on lap two by Max Fricke who went on to win with ease.

Thorssell briefly threatened to pinch the lead from Bewley in heat four but then got reined in by Rohan Tungate to put Wolverhampton 10 in arrears.

The response was immediate with Schlein and Cameron Heeps cruising to victory over Grand Prix racer Cook and Great Britain international Worrall.

Howarth led the seventh until Fricke’s brave dive up a tight gap on the inside sealed a shared heat.

Heat eight was a thriller as Greaves thrashed it out with Worrall for second before Heeps steamed through to pinch another share of the spoils coming out of the final turn.

Schlein got passed by then repassed Tungate only to get beaten on the final lap with Bewley trumping Heeps to extend to eight Belle Vue’s lead.

Masters trapped and won but had it all to do to hold off Cook in the tenth. Worrall battled past Howarth on the home straight of lap three.

Etheridge swerved through the traffic to lead heat 11 and while Fricke and Thorssell got up the inside during the final lap, the Aces still went into the interval 10 to the good.

Masters came in as a tactical substiute for Howarth in heat 12 and after Drozdz was excluded for hitting the Australian’s back wheel, the Wolves number four got to the front in the re-run only for Bewley to pass for a 3-3.

Despite an early wobble, Cook and Fricke killed off Wolverhampton’s hopes by blasting around the outside in heat 13.

Tungate and Etheridge swarmed all over and beat Masters in heat 14 with Fricke passing Schlein to complete a five-ride paid maximum to finish.

BELLE VUE 56: Max Fricke 14+1, Rohan Tungate 12+2, Dan Bewley 8+1, Craig Cook 7, Jye Etheridge 6+1, Damian Drozdz 5, Steve Worrall 4+1.

WOLVERHAMPTON 34: Sam Masters 10+1, Rory Schlein 9, Cameron Heeps 6+3, Jacob Thorssell 5, Kyle Howarth 2, Nathan Greaves 2, Ashley Morris 0.

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