Biggest speedway match ever for Scunthorpe Scorpions put back until tonight (Monday)
Rain stopped the Henderson Insurance Scunthorpe Scorpions in their tracks yesterday (Sunday Oct 28) as they aimed to clinch the Speedway Premier League championship at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
The second leg of the final had to be cancelled and the title decider will now take place at 7.30pm tonight (Monday).
The Scorpions explained that after a reasonable morning yesterday, there was much heavier than expected rain less than an hour and a half before the scheduled start, which rendered the track un-raceable.
A very disappointed Rob Godfrey (the Scunthorpe promoter) said he was devastated by yesterday's events.
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"The main thing I wanted this weekend was decent weather so we could get this meeting on in front of a big crowd," he said.
"The forecasts suggested we weren’t going to get much rain and then it would clear in plenty of time but they were wrong. The rain just didn’t go past like it was meant to and it got heavier.
"Despite us working hard with dry shale to improve the track it just didn’t stop in time and we were left with no other decision to make.
“I feel so bad for the fans that travelled but if the forecast had been anything like accurate we would have been okay."
He added: “Now we must re-focus and try and take this opportunity that we have created.
"We made it into the playoffs and then advanced to the final. Then we were pretty impressive on Friday at Somerset so we just have to keep it going for one more meeting and we can be crowned the 2012 Premier League Champions.
"I really want us to bring some glory to the town and you never know it might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Hopefully with the forecast so good and no Scorpions action for nearly five months we can still get a big crowd to try and cheer us to victory."
With guest rider Sam Masters having to jet off to Argentina for the final two rounds of the World Under-21 Championship the Scorpions have called on Rye House’s Jason Bunyan to cover for the injured Thomas Jørgensen, while Richard Hall will once again provide the cover for Somerset’s number one, Jason Doyle.
Bunyan has guested twice before for the Scorpions at the Eddie Wright Raceway and impressed while he recorded a full 15-point maximum for Rye House yesterday in their defeat of Berwick in the Premier Challenge Trophy Final.
Henderson Insurance Scunthorpe Scorpions: 1. Josh Auty, 2. David Howe R/R, 3. Jason Bunyan (guest), 4. Ashley Birks, 5. Nick Morris, 6. Michael Palm Toft, 7. Gary Irving.
Somerset Rebels: 1. Richard Hall (guest), 2. Alex Davies, 3. Jesper B Monberg, 4. James Wright, 5. Claus Vissing, 6. Kyle Newman, 7. Lewis Kerr (guest).