Restricted to just two race winners, the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates suffered their third successive league defeat of the season as a rampant Wolverhampton side offered them no mercy in a 54-36 triumph at Monmore Green.
The Pirates fell behind to two 5-1 defeats in the first four heats and while they stemmed the flow in sharing the next three, including the first win from them courtesy of Peter Kildemand’s determined efforts in heat six, the gulf widened in an entertaining heat eight. Kacper Woryna made an excellent gate but left room for Kyle Howarth to exploit, leaving the Pole working overtime to try and get back on level terms. That bold attempt, however, was to prove costly as he drifted too much in the final corner which allowed the impressive Ashley Morris to sneak in to remain unbeaten after three rides on the night.
A tactical ride for Brady Kurtz yielded nothing more than a second place as partner Kildemand was unable to stay in touch. A thrilling heat 10 ensued with the Pirates, Josh Grajczonek and Linus Sundstrom, on an early 5-1 before Jacob Thorssell and Howarth both went by, but both Pirates kept battling away, securing passes on Howarth to share a fabulous heat.
Kurtz became the second Poole rider to take the chequered flag and at one stage it looked as though he might be partnered across the line by Woryna, but Sam Masters had other ideas, leaving the Pirates having to settle for a 4-2 advantage.
The meeting was put beyond the Pirates reach as Cameron Heeps beat Grajczonek in heat 12 and with two shared heats following the bonus point also became a forlorn hope, with Rory Schlein winning both the final two heats to seal a perfect five-ride night.
WOLVERHAMPTON – 54: R. Schlein 15 (3,3,3,3,3), S. Masters 13+1 (3,3,2,3,2′), A. Morris 8+2 (3,2′,2′,1), J. Thorssell 8 (3,2,3,0), C. Heeps 4 (0,0,1,3), K. Howarth 4+1 (R,1′,3,0), N. Greaves 2+1 (2′,0,0,0)
POOLE – 36: B. Kurtz 12 (2,2,2,3,2,1), J. Grajczonek 7+1 (1′,2,2,2), L. Sundstrom 6+2 (2,1′,1′,2), P. Kildemand 4+1 (0,3,0,1′), K. Woryna 4+2 (1′,1′,1,1,0), J. Shanes 2+1 (0,1,0,1′), M. Szczepaniak 1 (1,0,0)