Friday September 20, 2019
Glasgow Tigers duo Craig Cook and Rasmus Jensen had the perfect warm-up for their SGB Championship League play-off visit to the Oaktree Arena that looms next Wednesday, by winning the 2019 SGB Championship pairs. The Scottish club pairing dropped just three points in the four qualifying heats to top the qualifiers and then storm into the final with a 7-2 demolition of title defenders Sheffield who had crept into the final four by virtue of the fact that they had the better constitution of 20 points than Scunthorpe, having twice won maximum heats.

On a night that was littered with top class racing, with often no distance at all between riders the night reached a thrilling climax when the league's top two sides, Leicester and Glasgow met in the final. Cook made a super start and solid first turn to wrench the lead from the impressive Ryan Douglas, the Leicester man then glancing over his shoulder to see partner Scott Nicholls hovering in third. But former Rebel Jensen was about to turn the heat up on a glorious day and the trading places began in earnest. With perfect timing the Dane just managed to find a way by as the race came to it's conclusion and his snatching of third place meant the title was heading north of the border, leaving winner Craig Cook paying tribute to the Glasgow fans and clubs. "I have really enjoyed my racing since Ive been at Glasgow, it is a real pleasure to ride for the club and the fans are absolutely terrric and always there supporting us. I am so pleased to be able to give at least something back by helping to win this title. It was tough and Razzer did the passing just when he needed to. We are going to enjoy this success."

Somerset's hopes of taking the crown came under real pressure when the Sheffield pair of Danny King and Kyle Howarth inflicted a 7-2 on the Rebels in the second heat of the night but then a superb ride from Nick Morris in heat 10 to battle by the Edinburgh pair of Cameron Heeps and late replacement Ricky Wells in their second ride to move Somerset on to nine points. Schlein was able to split Cook and Jensen in heat 15 but by the time they came out for their final heat, with Leicester their opponents, qualification was beyond them and Douglas and Nicholls clocked a 6-3, that secured the Lions' place in the semis.

Next up at the OakTree is that mouth-watering semi-final play-off against Glasgow on Wednesday night, with the return leg taking place two nights later.

1. GLASGOW: Craig Cook and Rasmus Jensen
2. LEICESTER: Ryan Douglas and Scott Nicholls

Glasgow beat Sheffield 7-2
Leicester beat Birmingham 5-4

Qualifying scores:
Glasgow 25: Rasmus Jensen 13, Craig Cook 12
Birmingham 22: Adam Ellis 13, Tero Aarnio 9
Leicester 21: Ryan Douglas 12, Scott Nicholls 9
Sheffield 20: Danny King 14, Kyle Howarth 6
Scunthorpe 20: Jake Allen 13, Ben Barker 7
Redcar 19: Jordan Stewart 13, Erik Riss 6
Eastbourne 18: Richard Lawson 12, Lewis Kerr 6
Newcastle 15: Steve Worrall 12, Lasse Bjerre 3
Somerset 15: Nick Morris 8, Rory Schlein 7
Edinburgh 13: Ricky Wells 8, Cameron Heeps 5
Berwick 10: Tomas H Jonasson 10, Jye Etheridge 0

Heat Details
Ht. 1 Adam Ellis, Richard Lawson, Lewis Kerr, Tero Aarnio
Ht. 2 Danny King, Kyle Howarth, Nick Morris, Rory Schlein
Ht. 3 Rasmus Jensen, Craig Cook, Steve Worrall, Lasse Bjerre
Ht. 4 Erik Riss, Jordan Stewart, Tomas H Jonasson, Jye Etheridge (fell exc)
Ht. 5 Ricky Wells, Ben Barker, Jake Allen, Cameron Heeps
Ht. 6 Scott Nicholls, Danny King, Ryan Douglas, Kyle Howarth
Ht. 7 Adam Ellis, Tero Aarnio, Steve Worrall, Lasse Bjerre
Ht. 8 Jordan Stewart, Richard Lawson, Erik Riss, Lewis Kerr
Ht. 9 Jake Allen, Rasmus Jensen, Craig Cook, Ben Barker
Ht. 10 Rory Schlein, Nick Morris, Ricky Wells, Cameron Heeps
Ht. 11 Ryan Douglas, Scott Nicholls, Tomas H Jonasson, Jye Etheridge
Ht. 12 Tero Aarnio, Danny King, Adam Ellis, Kyle Howarth
Ht. 13 Lewis Kerr, Richard Lawson, Cameron Heeps, Ricky Wells
Ht. 14 Steve Worrall, Lasse Bjerre, Jordan Stewart, Erik Riss
Ht. 15 Craig Cook, Rory Schlein, Rasmus Jensen, Nick Morris
Ht. 16 Tomas H Jonasson, Jake Allen, Ben Barker, Jye Etheridge (NS)
Ht. 17 Rasmus Jensen, Craig Cook, Ryan Douglas, Scott Nicholls
Ht. 18 Jordan Stewart, Tero Aarnio, Adam Ellis, Erik Riss
Ht. 19 Jake Allen, Richard Lawson, Ben Barker, Lewis Kerr
Ht. 20 Danny King, Kyle Howarth, Tomas H Jonasson, Jye Etheridge (NS)
Ht. 21 Steve Worrall, Cameron Heeps, Ricky Wells, Lasse Bjerre
Ht. 22 Ryan Douglas, Nick Morris, Scott Nicholls, Rory Schlein
Semi 1 Craig Cook, Rasmus Jensen, Kyle Howarth, Danny King
Semi 2 Adam Ellis, Ryan Douglas, Scott Nicholls, Tero Aarnio
Final Craig Cook, Ryan Douglas, Rasmus Jensen, Scott Nicholls

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