BUXTON Hitmen finished the season in style on Sunday with a spectacular 30-point win over Newport Hornets.
The Hitmen took charge of the meeting from the off, and despite two tactical rides the visitors failed to catch up with the hosts, who ran out 61-31 winners at Hi-Edge.
It was also a great day for Dean Felton and Paul Burnett, who both got their first paid maximums of the season. Felton, who made changes to his set-up in the second half of the season, has gone from strength to strength in the last few weeks and on Sunday won all of his programmed rides.
Speaking after the meeting, Team Manager Jack Lee said: “A 30-point lead, we can’t grumble at that. It’s a pity we couldn’t have done it earlier in the season, If we had been like that all season we’d have been in the playoffs, no doubt.
“All the lads have come on good in the last few weeks, but it’s a bit too good too late. We now have to look to next year to rebuild again, as no doubt a few riders will move on, but hopefully we can come back and be as strong as we have finished this year and form a good side and have another go.”
And praising the improved performance of Robert Branford, Lee added: “Robert has matured loads since last year and you have to remember he’s only 17. I think doubling up with the Premier League has helped him.”
This Sunday at Buxton, the American Touring Team invade with speedway USA-style. The event consists of 17 races, with scratch and handicap speedway being the format of the day. The line-up is still being finalised but will feature all of the USA touring riders, some of the Hitmen and a few invited riders. Races will start at 3pm.