Rory Schlein Wins 16 Lap Classic
Kings Lynn star, Rory Schlein, won the 16 Lap Classic at Foxhall on Thursday night with Ipswich riders Rohan Tungate & Morten Risager joining him on the rostrum. Morten Risager won the 16 Lap final, for the third year running, lowering his own track record in the process but Rory had accumulated more points during the qualifying heats to take the number one spot overall.
On a night when team mates became rivals for all the Ipswich riders and the other six riders all making it clear they were taking part to win the racing was very competitive but with a lot of respect for each other. There was just one stoppage when Richard Lawson slid off at the start of heat eleven with all four back for the re-run.
The 16-lap final itself was completed at the first attempt with no incidents, including fuel mishaps which is probably due to Chris Louis supplying riders with bigger tanks made for this event. Rory knew what he had to do to win and after starting off the back grid, steadily made his way through the field but never looked like catching Morten or Rohan who lead from the tapes. He said after the race "After a slightly disappointing season, this win tonight plus winning an FIM gold medal last weekend with Piraterna in the World Speedway League event in Poland means I can now end it on a high note! I am so pleased I managed to complete the 16 laps tonight as it was my third attempt; I was very tired towards the end but managed to hang on, just..."