Poole Comets suffered a dramatic last gasp defeat on Sunday afternoon as they lost out 87-88 against regional champions Newport.

Highlights of the day’s meet are available in the posted video. A video of all 18 heats will follow on Tuesday.

Despite a slightly slow start, this would prove to be an action packed and eventful afternoon of racing. With incidents ranging from extremely close finishes all the way to a big pile up in heat 13, the entire meet would come down to the final lap.

Poole led 84-81 going into heat 18 and Mateij Ganczarek was second overall crossing the line. However, a last ditch dive from Will Bristow saw him get caught and clip his team-mate.

Ganzarek wasn’t fazed too much by the impact but was forced out wide, losing crucial momentum, allowing Mark Carmichael and British champion Ben Mould to steal a 1-2 finish and the overall win.

Chris Davis had played his part a few races earlier with a key win, recovering after being carried off the track in heat 13 with injury. 

There was controversy earlier on as well when Jack Harrold ran out of room when racing Ben Donohue and crashed into the barrier.

There were a few bumps and bruises all round from this one but the crowd were left thoroughly entertained by the meet. 

7th August 2017 - Alex Barnes; Talia Jones