2022 vision – part four … July: Leon lights up a loss month

Published on 9th November 2022
Author George Dodds

 

Nathan Stoneman celebrates his first win as a Bandit, against Edinburgh. Keith Hamblin

July will go down as a month best consigned to the history dustbin – unless you are Leon Flint.
Between them the Bandits and Bullets raced 12 times in the month which yielded one draw, a solitary win and ten defeats – 11 if United Kingdom Visa and Immigration are included.
Despite that shocking run of defeats Leon continued to grow from strength to strength despite switching to the more pressured number five spot.

 

Victory against Poole goes up in smoke. Taz McDougall

It culminated with a flawless maximum which saw him crowned British under-19 Champion at Redcar and there was a bronze medal for Great Britain in the Speedway of Nations2 event in Vojens, although the decision not to give him a ride remains one of the season’s great conundrums.

Jonas leads the way to victory at Oxford. Les Aubrey

Redcar completed their cup progress and Edinburgh avenged their early season league drubbing with a Jubilee League win at Shielfield; Leicester Lion Cubs became the first, and as yet only, team to beat the Bullets on home shale, also in the Cup.

Best of British … Leon is flanked on the Redcar podium by Harry McGurk and Jake Mulford

But for a disintegrating clutch which ended Chris Harris’ heat 15 glory ride against Poole, gifting the eventual champions a barely deserved draw.
The sole victory was a stunning one, Bomber and Jonas orchestrating a ten point victory at Oxford in front of the BSN cameras.

 

Jye and Ben Cook settle a little Antipodean argument, Keith Hamblin

But the end of the month brought further problems as UKVI’s delay in processing Knudsen’s visa meant that the young Dane’s temporary permission to race expired after the visit of Edinburgh and the club enlisted the help of Berwick’s MP Anne Marie Trevelyan in a bid to unwrap the red tape.

Luke Crang and Tom Spencer battle it out in the NDL KO Cup. Keith Hamblin
Aaron Summers was tempted out of retirement by Oxford and made one last appearance in Berwick colours as a guest against Redcar. Taz McDougall
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