FORMER Sheffield man Jason Garrity stormed to a stunning 15-point maximum in Thursday's British Semi-Final at Owlerton.
And there was something for the home fans to cheer as well as Tigers skipper Kyle Howarth finished second with 12 points, also booking his place in next month's Final at Belle Vue.
It was a keenly contested battle throughout with Josh Auty, Edward Kennett, Robert Lambert, Rory Schlein, Dan Bewley and reigning British Champion Craig Cook making up the rest of the qualifiers.
None of those ever looked like catching Garrity though and the Scunthorpe man dedicated his win to daughter Amaya.
“It's her birthday today and that makes it even more special,” Garrity said.
“This is an awesome result for me; especially when you consider I left Scunthorpe the other night without any of my engines working. But we've worked hard on them since them and they were flying tonight.
“I'm just thriving in my racing again right now and while I'm over the moon with the result, this is only halfway. Now we go to the Final and try and do something similar again.”
BEN Morley reeled off a full maximum to lead the Isle of Wight to a 50-40 win over Coventry in the National League.
With Morley in dominant form with his 15-point total and both Scott Campos (10+1) and Ben Hopwood (10) winning three races, the Bees were restricted to just three successes throughout the match.
The home side were without reserve Adam Portwood, and his replacement Jamie Sealey was also forced to withdraw due to a Heat 2 crash.
Connor Mountain top-scored for the visitors with 11 as their recent winning run came to an end.
Warriors promoter Barry Bishop said: “We saw this as a must-win meeting following some disappointing home results, and I am delighted with our riders’ positive attitude.
“Losing Jamie was a blow but Shaun (Tedham) worked hard to provide cover and overall our teamwork both on and off track was excellent.”
Coventry boss Martyn Macdonald said: “Basically it was a case of their riders having a good night, ours having an off-night and their track knowledge being superior to ours.
“We just didn’t use the track as they were using it, so we kept getting picked off and not really learning from it – although saying that, everyone scored but it didn’t add up to beating them this time.”
TY Proctor scored a 15-point maximum to win the Julie Lewis Memorial meeting at Redcar.
The King’s Lynn and Workington man won each of his five rides, in the process inflicting the only defeat on home star Matej Kus who finished second on 14.
There was another Bears rider on the podium as Jordan Stewart was third with 13.
PETERBOROUGH have the chance to extend their early Championship advantage when they host Workington tonight (Friday).
The Panthers picked up three points on the road last week and now face two home matches in three days, with Edinburgh visiting the East of England Arena on Sunday.
The hosts are at full strength whilst the Comets have Adam Ellis guesting for Rene Bach and operate rider-replacement for Rasmus Jensen with both Danes racing in their homeland.
Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone said: “The big thing we keep stressing is that if everyone in the team scores seven points, we get 49 and we win meetings.
“We don’t want riders wiping themselves out doing silly things but it’s about everyone concentrating on the jobs and doing what they’re capable of.
“Another victory on Friday would put us in a good position, and that’s something we haven’t done in the league during my time at the club. We’ve always found ourselves playing catch-up and we have a great chance to avoid that this year.”
INJURED Scunthorpe No.1 Steve Worrall will get a taste of life on the other side of the fence tonight (Friday) – when he team manages the Scorpions!
Worrall, who broke his leg in the season-opener the Eddie Wright Raceway, will be in charge for the re-arranged visit of Newcastle in the Championship Shield with regular boss Dave Peet unavailable.
And it’s a vital meeting for the home side as victory will ensure they top their group and reach the semi-finals of the competition.
They will operate rider-replacement for Worrall whilst David Howe and Dany Gappmaier guest for the Diamonds in place of Lewis Rose and Stuart Robson.
Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey said: “If anyone can help stand-in skipper Jason Garrity fire up the boys for this key fixture, it’ll be Steve.
“At the same time, Steve will have to learn quickly when it comes to the team tactics, and who takes his replacement rides.
“That’ll be a whole new side for him, but Steve is so motivated for Scunthorpe to have a successful season this year and he will pass that onto the rest of the side.”
EDINBURGH stage the Harrisons Scottish Open at Armadale tonight (Friday) with former winners Sam Masters and Rory Schlein looking to add to their totals.
The 61st staging of the event sees Schlein, the winner in 2004, 2008 and 2011, seeking to equal the record of Peter Carr who won four times at the Monarchs’ current home venue.
Home challengers are expected to be Ricky Wells and Erik Riss, with Richie Worrall and Ben Barker also included in the 16-man field.
Monarchs boss Alex Harkess said: “The Scottish Open is a night off as far as I am concerned, though I'd love to see an Edinburgh rider win it and I'd love to see them all riding well.
“I hope it's entertaining and the weather's good, we've had some tremendous Opens over the years. There are several who can win it if it is their night.”
THE Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund have thanked supporters for their donations at Poole on Wednesday.
With the Ben Fund Bonanza event being postponed until the end of the season, individual track collections and the Major Events are even more crucial for the Fund.
Contributions at Wimborne Road during the Premiership Riders’ Championship raised a total of £873 which will benefit injured riders.
Organiser Paul Ackroyd said: “I would like to thank the fans once again and of course the Poole promotion for their assistance. It is vital we support these riders.”
FRIDAY MAY 11:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Peterborough v Workington 7.30
CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD: Scunthorpe v Newcastle 7.30
HARRISONS SCOTTISH OPEN: Edinburgh 7.15
SATURDAY MAY 12:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Berwick v Ipswich 7pm
NATIONAL TROPHY: Stoke v Cradley 7pm, Eastbourne v Kent 7.30
BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: Redcar 2pm
SUNDAY MAY 13:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Peterborough v Edinburgh 5pm
CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD: Glasgow v Workington 4pm
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Mildenhall v Buxton 3pm
NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP: Coventry v Eastbourne 3pm
Results Thursday May 10, 2018;
BRITISH SEMI-FINAL, at Sheffield
1. Jason Garrity (Scunthorpe) 15
2. Kyle Howarth (Wolverhampton / Sheffield) 12
3. Josh Auty (Scunthorpe) 12
4. Edward Kennett (Rye House 10)
5. Robert Lambert (King’s Lynn) 10)
6. Rory Schlein (Wolverhampton / Ipswich) 10
7. Craig Cook (Belle Vue) 9
8. Dan Bewley (Belle Vue) 9
All qualify for the British Final
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE
Isle of Wight 50 (Ben Morley 15)
Coventry 40 (Connor Mountain 11)
National League points: Isle of Wight 3 Coventry 0
JULIE LEWIS MEMORIAL, at Redcar
1. Ty Proctor (King’s Lynn / Workington) 15
2. Matej Kus (Redcar) 14
3. Jordan Stewart (Redcar) 13