Peter Boast records double Short Track UK victory in Norfolk

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Suzuki works rider Peter Boast bounced back from a broken collarbone to dominate the Short Track UK meeting at the Norfolk Arena with a double victory.

This season the format of meetings has changed to be more like the American Flattrack meetings with sudden death elimination and shoot-out qualification for the later stages up for grabs.

A few new names distinguished themselves in this season opener with Laugherton’s Shaun Brown; KTM’s Geoff Baldock; Stamford’s Yamaha-mounted Dan Mansbridge; and Humberside’s Ben Wells all surprising beneficiaries of the fast track to the semis afforded by top two positions in the quick-fire evening heats. 

The British pairing of Peter Boast and Glyn Pocklington plus double Short Track UK champion Marco Belli.

The two big-name Speedway converts did well too. Aidan Collins needed only one ride to get the feel of the new rigours of Short Track, whilst the hugely popular former King’s Lynn Star, Adam Allott continued his journey back from a broken back to storm home in the Last Chance which followed Boast and Belli’s semi successes.

In the Grand Final Boast held off Belli while Collins narrowly missed out on what would’ve been a memorable debut night rostrum position to the top Brit in last year’s European championships, Steve Hall.

Peter Boast also took the Tunderbikes race with fellow Lincolnshire rider Kevin Armstrong second in the final. Armstrong had secured two heat wins on his 450cc Honda, which also saw him secure the Helmets4u Rider of the Night award.

Third place went to Richard May, who just got the edge on CCM man Paul Harrison.

Reigning champ Tom Woolley justified his number one plate status going through the card unbeaten yet again in the CCM-backed junior event. Skegness’s Ben Baker and Tom Welbourn from Wisbech took second and third.

Caistor brothers Alan and Mark Hooker grabbed top points with first and second respectively in the Short Track quads while Ian Curl from Earsham, Suffolk took the final podium spot.

The next Short Track UK event will be the one-off Champions Of Short Track international meeting at the East of England Showground on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18.


Sarah Carnell

By Sarah Carnell