Speedway: Swindon Robins v Eastbourne
Elite League: SWINDON 53 EASTBOURNE 38
SWINDON closed the gap at the top of the Sky Sports Elite League with a convincing win against Eastbourne at the Abbey.
The Robins moved back to four-points behind leaders Poole and had skipper Hans Andersen to thank who storming to a faultless 15-point maximum.
There was also some good backing from Troy Batchelor (10), Simon Stead (9), Jason Doyle (8+3) and David Lampart (8+1).
Alun Rossiter’s men were always in control right from the off with Andersen and Doyle opening proceedings with a 5-1 in Heat 1.
Batchelor and Lampart then stretched the home advantage to eight with a maximum in Heat 4, although Eagles duo Joonas Kylmakorpi and Lukas Dryml did reply with five of their own in race 6.
But the Andersen and Doyle pairing restored the eight-point lead in Heat 7 and they linked-up once again in Heat 10 to put the Robins eleven-points clear.
Kylmakorpi’s tactical ride second place behind Batchelor in Heat 11 did pull a couple of points back courtesy of a 5-3, but the Wiltshire men fired in three successive 4-2s in the closing races which leaves them in a very healthy position in the race for the play-offs.
SWINDON 53: Hans Andersen 15, Troy Batchelor 10, Simon Stead 9, Jason Doyle 8+3, Dawid Lampart 8+1, Peter Kildemand 2+1, James Wright 1+1.
EASTBOURNE 38: Timo Lahti 13, Joonas Kylmakorpi 11+1, Cameron Woodward 7+1, Lukas Dryml 5+2, Henning Bager 2+1, Lewis Bridger 0, Simon Gustafsson R/R.