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NICHOLLS BAGS BONANZA VICTORY

Seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls started his 2019 season in style with victory in the Ben Fund Bonanza at Leicester on Sunday.

17 / 03 / 2019, 21:57

Seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls started his 2019 season in style with victory in the Ben Fund Bonanza at Leicester on Sunday.

The Wolverhampton and Leicester rider triumphed ahead of Charles Wright, Danny King and Sam Masters in the final on his SGB Championship home track.

I hadn’t been on a bike since September so it was great to get the meeting on, especially with how the weather has been, and I’m really pleased to win it.

Scott Nicholls

The meeting was staged to raise cash for the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund – a charity assisting riders temporarily or permanently injured in action.

And Nicholls was delighted to take the chance to start his season with a win after his 2018 campaign was halted by a broken ankle.

He said: “First and foremost it’s a great cause, and it was also nice to have some time on the bike especially for those of us coming back from injury.

“But of course once you get here, everyone wants to win! I hadn’t been on a bike since September so it was great to get the meeting on, especially with how the weather has been, and I’m really pleased to win it.”

Nicholls topped the heat scorechart on 13 points, with Wright and King just behind on 12 apiece. The trio qualified directly for the final, with Masters beating Richie Worrall, Ryan Douglas and Josh Bates in the semi to join them.

HEAT SCORES: Scott Nicholls 13, Danny King 12, Charles Wright 12, Josh Bates 11, Sam Masters 10, Ryan Douglas 9, Richie Worrall 9, Paul Starke 8, Lewis Kerr 6, Ben Barker 6, Kasper Andersen 6, Zaine Kennedy 5, Connor Mountain 4, Ellis Perks 4, Ulrich Ostergaard 3, Jedd List 2, Nick Morris 0, Josh Auty 0.

SEMI-FINAL: Masters, Worrall, Douglas, Bates (ret).

FINAL: Nicholls, Wright, King, Masters (ret).

 

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