Sunday 16 June, 2013
STOKE Easy Rider Potters gained a point on their travels at Buxton on Sunday afternoon despite going down to a 48-42 defeat against the Hitmen in the National Trophy.

The Potters started superbly with an opening heat 5-1 from Lee Smart and Luke Chessell over Luke Crang after home number one Charles Wright packed up with an engine problem while second and the Potters followed this up with a 4-2 from Lee Payne and Shaun Tedham over Tom Woolley to give the Potters a 9-3 lead after the opening two races.

The Hitmen got themselves back into the meeting with a couple of heat advantages themselves with Buxton debutant and former Potter Liam Carr partnering Adam McKinna to a 5-1 in heat three and this was followed up a 4-2 from Wright and Matt Williamson in heat four to level the scores as 12-12 after four heats.

The Hitmen went in front with a 4-2 from Wright and Crang over Kyle Hughes in heat six to put the Peak District side in front after six heats and they extended their lead in heat nine as Carr and McKinna again combined for a 5-1 over Hughes to leave the Potters trailing 30-24 after nine heats.

The Hitmen continued to pile on the pressure as Wright and Crang gained a 4-2 over Ben Reade and Luke Priest to leave the Potters trailing by eight points before a dramatic heat eleven saw the Potters gain a 4-2 heat advantage after referee Graham Flint awarded the race after a nasty accident which saw Buxton’s Tom Woolley fall in front of Stoke’s Lee Payne with Payne going over the top of Woolley launching Payne through the air and falling heavily onto the track. Both riders were taken off the track by ambulance Payne amazingly being able to walk into the ambulance with both riders going to hospital for checks. The race was awarded with Lee Smart taking victory from Carr and Payne with Woolley being disqualified as the primary cause of the stoppage reducing the deficit to six points.

The Hitmen extended their lead to eight points in heat twelve as Carr took victory from Reade with Williamson taking third place for a 4-2, but the Potters struck back in heat thirteen with a 4-2 of their own from Smart and Hughes over Wright to leave the Potters trailing 42-36 after thirteen heats.

The remaining two heats saw victories for Adam McKinna and Charles Wright for the Hitmen but with the Potters taking the minor placings the Potters held out for a National Trophy point.

Easy Rider Potters team manager Malcolm Vasey commented “The team worked very hard this afternoon but we did throw a couple of points away in certain races and that was very disappointing. I feel had we not lost Lee Payne then we might have been taking more away from today’s meeting especially as he’d already got two race wins under his belt. I guess we’ll wait to see how he’s feeling tomorrow after his nasty crash here this afternoon before deciding what to do about King’s Lynn on Wednesday night.”

BUXTON 48: Charles Wright 14, Liam Carr 13, Adam McKinna 11+3, Luke Crang 4+1, Matt Williamson 4, Tom Woolley 2, Tony Atkin r/r.
STOKE 42: Lee Smart 14, Ben Reade 8+1, Lee Payne 7, Kyle Hughes 6, Luke Priest 3+1, Luke Chessell 2+1, Shaun Tedham 2+1.