Mildenhall Fen Tigers 47
Buxton Hitmen 43
THE clamour to see Cameron Heeps ride for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers has been nothing less than vociferous — and on Sunday it was clear to see why.
Heeps was the undoubted star of the show, top scoring with 12+3 points as the Tigers earned a narrow success over winless Buxton.
New captain Jack Hargreaves — riding at number one in place of the departed James Brundle — had an evening to forget after a fall in heat one led to his withdrawal, while debutant Mark Baseby managed just two points from four rides.
The meeting did not get off to a good start at all for Mildenhall with Aaron Baseby losing second place to Dean Felton with some wild riding at the final bend on lap two before Hargreaves crashed at the start of the final lap, with his bike landing on top of him.
There was some concern a divot in the circuit had caused the skipper to fall, but he later confirmed a carburettor problem had led to a sudden rush of power that caused his fall.
Although a 5-1 from Joe Jacobs — who had another superb outing with 12+1 points — and Heeps put the Tigers in front at 7-5, they would not lead again until race 12.
More calamity in heat three saw both Lewis Blackbird and Dan Halsey fall, with the latter crashing out of the lead before recovering to take third, while Blackbird eventually trailed home last.
Mark Baseby was excluded after a fall in heat four to hand the Hitmen a four-point advantage, but Mildenhall kept them in sight and levelled the scores up at 24-24 when Jacobs led Aaron Baseby home for a 5-1 maximum in heat eight.
Although Buxton got their noses in front once again, the meeting was turned on its head by a stunning overtake from 15-year-old Heeps.
With Buxton set to stretch their advantage to four points, the Australian bravely squeezed between Ben Taylor and the outside wall at turn three to power into the lead.
This was followed up by Mildenhall’s third 5-1 maximum haul of the meeting — courtesy of Halsey and Jacobs — before Blackbird finally discovered some form to lead home Heeps in the penultimate race and confirm the victory.
Heeps’ debut ended on a low note when he crashed out of the final heat, allowing fellow Aussie Robert Branford to secure a personal 15-point maximum, ahead of Mildenhall’s Halsey and the Hitmen’s Luke Priest.
Tigers: Hargreaves (f = 0); A Baseby (2, 1*, 2*, 0 = 5+2); Halsey (1, 3, 1*, 3, 2 = 10+1); Blackbird (0, 1, 2, 3 = 6); M Baseby (fx, 0, f, 2 = 2); Heeps (2*, 2, 2, 3, 1*, 2*, 0 = 12+3); Jacobs (3, 2, 2, 3, 2* = 12+1). 47
Hitmen: Taylor (1, 2, 2, 0 = 5+1); Felton (3, r, 0, 1* = 4+1); Priest (2*, 1, 3, 0, 1 = 7+1); Allot (3, 3, 1, 1 = 8); Branford (3, 3, 3, 3, 3 = 15); Burnett (1, 0, 1, 1 = 3); Blacklock (f, 1, 0, 0 = 1). 43