Dany Gap Shines as Bad Luck Scupper Bandits
It may have been a another night of frustration and disappointment in the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) camp after Scunthorpe came and took a six point Championship victory, but there were glimpses of light peaking between the cracks as Lewis Bridger discovered that, mounted on Liam Carr's machinery, he was unbeatable by a Scorpion in his the two races he took on the Carr-mobile.
Heat 13 saw the Bandits' number one take a brilliant pass on Ryan Douglas who was on nine points at the time to lead and take a much needed two points for his Berwick Bandits, behind his captain Kevin Doolan in an all-important 5-1 and then went one step further to take a Heat 15 win after a spectacular chase behind the usually unstoppable Michael Palm Toft and dive hard under him on the third lap at high-speed showing the fans exactly why he was brought into the Bandits side.
Obviously this has shown up issues with his own bikes which was being looked at immediately, while Kevin Doolan was looking far more like his old self, blasting high and wide to pull off some of his signature moves for his good 10 paid 12 return.
However star billing has to be reserved for reserve Dany Gappmaier, pictured above in the Colin Poole photo leading Douglas, Carr and Wilkinson, who had the best night of his British career by taking 16 points and a bonus from his seven rides, including four stunning wins and lowered the colours of all six Scorpions in his first four outings! It was a truly inspired performance.
Berwick's guest for the night, Tom Bacon may only have taken one point, but was worth a lot more with his impressive Shielfield Park debut, in a manner which impressed several of the viewing public.
Team manager Gary Havelock is desperate to comment on a victory, but sadly had to face another defeat, saying: "When you're already down luck has a habit of working against you and tonight luck kicked us fair and square in the gut. But there's still worries in the team. When your reserve scores paid 17 at home you shouldn't get even close to losing, but when only three of your team are scoring decent points there's problems.
"Liam's bike made a massive difference to Lewis and proved a lot of things, none the least that Lewis has some major sorting out of his own equipment, which he is fully aware of. On Liam's bike he was exceptional and took five plus one from his last two rides, and looked a proper number one so we now know he can do it, when he's on the ride machine.