Travel Plus National League Champions and KO Cup winners Eastbourne Eagles took victory against the Buxton Hitmen 52-38 in the Hitmen’s final meeting of the season at Hi-Edge Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Things started well for the Hitmen with a 5-1 in heat two from reserves Corban Pavitt and Kieran Douglas over Nick Laurence to take the lead early on, Eastbourne did reduce the Hitmen’s lead in the next heat with a 4-2 from Mark Baseby and Ethan Spiller with home skipper Tom Woolley splitting the Eagles partnership. Ben Wilson took his second race win of the afternoon beating Tom Brennan with Pavitt taking third to give the Hitmen a 14-10 lead after four races.
Eastbourne reduced the Hitmen’s lead back to 2-points with a 4-2 from Georgie Wood and Jason Edwards over Tom Woolley, but it was heat seven which turned the meeting into the Eagles favour as Pavitt lifted while comfortably second and demolished the second turn safety fence completely and was subsequently disqualified and withdrew from the meeting. In the rerun the Eagles pairing made no mistake in taking a 5-1 putting the visitors in front for the first time leading 20-22 after seven heats. Three 4-2 heat advantages in the following four races saw the newly crowned champions open up a 29-37 lead after eleven races and they duly completed victory with a 5-1 and 4-2 in the final three heats to take all four points.
Hitmen number one Ben Wilson commented “It was always going to be difficult against the league champions, they are full of confidence and are looking to finish off on a good note to finish the season off and head into the winter. We stuck in there and gave them a run for their money especially in the early part of the meeting and then they showed their strength in depth and pulled away from us. It was also a blow losing Corban Pavitt he’s been riding well and scoring some good points and has a good riding style and these things happen when you are a young rider starting out and I’m sure he will turn out to be a very good rider.”
BUXTON 38: Tom Woolley 13, Ben Wilson 10+1, Kieran Douglas 4+2, Lewis Whitmore 4, Corban Pavitt 4, Sam Woolley 3+1, James Cockle r/r.
EASTBOURNE 52: Georgie Wood 13+1, Mark Baseby 13, Tom Brennan 11, Jason Edwards 6+1, Ethan Spiller 6+1, Nick Laurence 3+1, Stephen Whitehouse 0.