The camp ‘test’ team hit the track again on Friday night when they took on the Salisbury Jets.
With many of the test team riders racing at LeFevere in the cycle speedway World Cup warm up, team manager Ivan Pike enlisted Arik Symanski and Daniel Anderson to complete the side.
Another great night of racing saw captain Steve Copping win a fantastic race when heled team partner Mark Whitehead for a memorable 7-3. Mark Whitehead, Bob Prince and Norman Venson were all in great form and little Joe Sidwick was in the thick of the action all night
Despite all the heroics the team were denied victory from a fast gating Aussie team who rode superbly to take a well earned victory and level the series at one-all.
The third ‘test’ is on Sunday at Murray Bridge straight after the best pairs.
Australia Select 91
Connor Whelan 14, Braden Makepeace 11, Michael Bouhalis 10, Jay Walters 7, Ryan Greenhalgh 16, Tyrone Walters 11, Mat Matthews 5, Pawel Gegielski 17
UK Tourists Select 86
Rochard Hudson 11, Nortman Venson 9, Mark Whitehead 12, Steve Copping 9, Bob Prince 9, Joe Sidwick 10, Arek Szymanski 19, Darren Anderson 7
FEDERATION CUP Australia 91, Poland 90, Great Britain 83
Women’s Federation Cup at LeFevre
Nicky Kinross 10, Sarah Kinross 12, Carly Martin 2, Lucy Milliken 13, Letitia Watson 9
Great Britain 44
Michelle Whitehead 11, Lauren Davies 13, Vicky Brown 7, Lauren Hookway 11, Charlie Jane Herbert 2
ICSF Select 29
Kayleigh Clarke 8, Jess Snowden 4, Livvi Horsley 6, Laura Watson 5, Sandra Tamborska 6
Junior Federation Cup at LeFevre
Adam Bozejewicz 14, Michael Sassek 21, Arek Szymanski 21, Lukasz Marchlewski 16, Bartosz Grabowski 23, Sandra Tamborska 6
Great Britain 91
Jack Harrold 13, Oliver Sidwick 13, Aaron Morgan 19, Aaron Smith 7, Ashley Hill 16, Matt Lush 9, Ricki Johnson 14
Trent Forrester 9, Andrew Wilkie 9, Ryan Greenhalgh 12, Braden Makepeace 5, Mark Sheldon 13, Braden Clarke 7, Shane Bentley 20
Referee: Trevor Cryer (Australia)
VETERANS CHALLENGE Australian Bushrangers 74 GB Outlaws 105
(Steve Copping is not featured in this photo. Image is only to give readers a view of general cycle speedway racing)
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Having secured their Ashes series win with another exciting come-from-behind victory against Australia on Thursday, GB women face a stiff challenge in the inaugural cycle speedway Federation Cup against an ICSF team and the hosts at Le Fevre.
The ICSF team has British based Polish star Sandra Tambroska plus GB released Livvi Horsley and Laura Watson.
The Aussies also have to give two riders.
The formula IS the old style, three team in pairs over 12 heats format which does help the hosts as they do have four very good riders in Nicky Kinross, Sarah Kinross, Lucy Millikin and Letitia Collins.
Reserve is likely to be either Kayleigh Clarke or Carly Martin. Team GB go for Vicky Brown, Lauren Davies, Charlie Jane Herbert, Lauren Hookway and Michelle Whitehead.
On Sunday the women face an early leave from their Semaphore base to Murraylands for the fifth test starting which starts at 12 noon. It is expected that Livvi Horsley will be in for that match.
This Thursday the women’s world individuals start, so the girls have a couple of days rest and recovery from their hectic schedule.
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A tremendous fight back from women's Team GB saw them overturn an eight point deficit a half time to win their international Cycle Speedway match by eight, 94-86.
The first half saw the GB girls get into good positions but a mixture of lack of concentration and good Australian pressure put the hosts 49-41 up at half time.
A strong talking to at half time from the management team saw a more professional chase. A vital drawn heat 10, excellent team riding from Charlie Jane Herbert/Rebecca Davies and Lauren Hookway/Lauren Davies, the British girls squared the next three races, then turned the screw a 7-3 over top Aussie Nicky Kinross.
Charlie Jane Herbert/Lauren Davies evened the scores, a Michelle Whitehead/Vicky Brown 7-3 put Team GB in the lead, followed by a third maximum heat win via Laura Watson/Lauren Hookway in the penultimate race left the scores Australia 86 Great Britain 94
Fourth Test at Findon
Carly Martin 11, Letitia Collins 18, Lucy Milliken 13, Kayleigh Clarke 9, Jess Snowden 5, Sarah Kinross 9, Shiranta Aston 6, Nicky Kinross 15 Great Britain 94
Lucy Whitehead 4, Michelle Whitehead 13, Lauren Davies 16, Laura Watson 8, Vicky Brown 13, Rebecca Davies 9, Lauren Hookway 18, Charlie Jane Herbert 13 Referee: Mark Winwood (Wales)
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The Great Britain junior team, currently competing at the World Cycle Speedway Championships in Adelaide, has wrapped up another outstanding win to take the junior series five matches to nil.
All focus is now on the newly created Federation Cup.
“We now need to find a strategy to get a winning junior team to transform and become a winning senior team” said jubilant team manager Ivan Pike.
“All eight riders gave a sterling performance so now we have a hard task to pick just seven for the Federation Cup as the format has been changed to the default formula six plus one non ride reserve.
“This is a new challenge. Following the series win we are all looking for a big finish and come home undefeated” added Ivan. Fifth Junior Test at LeFevre
Trent Forester 9, Andrew Wilkie 5, Shane Bentley 13, Ryan Greenhalgh 17, Braden Makepeace 9, Mark Sheldon 10, Cory Stevens 3, Braden Clarke 6
Great Britain 104
Ricki Johnson 16, Aaron Morgan 19, Jack Harrold 18, Oli Sidwick 10, Jack Lush 6, Ashley Hill 16, Matt Lush 11, Jake Read 10
Referee: Mick Harley (Australia)
Australia have retained the Harley/Witham Shield, cycle speedway's own Ashes test series.
Inaugurated in 1981, the series has produced some thrilling racing down the years, none more so that this year when all five matches were closely but sportingly fought. The Ashes shield is named after international pioneers Mick Harley and Rod Witham who were instrumental in launching the series back in 1981. The victorious Australians beat Great Britain by four rubbers to nil with one match drawn.
Fifth Senior Test at Salisbury
Bobby McMillan 13, Shane Weinert 11, Cameron Crisp 13, Ryan Edson 7, Daniel Thompson 14, Rob Sellick 6, Daniel Pudney 9, Robert Fitzpatrick 15
Great Britain 87
Andy Angell 15, Ryan Hoyland 9, Nicky Evans 1, Paul Heard 16, Matt Smith 14, Leyton Glover 13, Jono Birks 13, Neil Hollebon 6
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