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Monday 14th March 2016
by Mike Hunter
Most people left the Adrian Flux Arena happy on Saturday evening, most of all obviously Belle Vue star Craig Cook who was the dominant rider in the eighth Ben Fund Bonanza.
Craig was making his second appearance in the event and it was his second victory, a brilliant performance – there are no other two-time winners. He won whether he made the gate or not (third down the back straight in the final, through to first by the end of the opening lap), and he looked both determined and fast, more so than any other rider.

Anther very happy man was King's Lynn's Rory Schlein who was returning from pretty serious injury, but looked as if he had never been away. He was the other qualifier straight to the final alongside Cook, and he was just short at the finish after a last bend bid to snatch the trophy in that final.

There was some very good racing, right from the moment that Jordan Jenkins passed Kyle Bickley to win the first of the Under-age heats which started the event.

The best race of all was a real classic in heat 12 of the main event. Steve Worrall led from the tapes, Jason Doyle worked very hard to catch and pass him only for Worrall to come back, with Robert Lambert constantly in the picture as well. Eventually Doyle won narrowly and Lambert grabbed second on the line.

But there were few processions and plenty to enjoy and to help the fans ignore the cold.

Bjarne Pedersen was one of the impressive riders, keen to let UK promoters know that he is still capable of doing well if someone in the UK will give him a chance. Josh Bates also impressed with two wins, and King's Lynn newcomer Kai Huckenbeck, riding as a reserve, defeated both Harris and Doyle during the evening.

Unfortunately there were fallers, amongst the juniors as well as the senior casualties Simon Stead and Krzysztof Kasprzak. Thankfully none of them seem to be too serious.

The semi-final qualifiers were Lambert, Pedersen, Chris Harris and Nikolai Klindt who finished in that order, but it was Cook and Schlein who led the way after the early sort-out in the final with Pedersen third.

QUALIFYING SCORES: Cook 12, Schlein 10, Harris 8, Pedersen 8, Lambert 8, Klindt 8, Doyle 8, S Worrall 8, Ostergaard 7, Bates 6, Auty 6, Douglas 5, Huckenbeck 4, Korneliussen 4, R Worrall 4, King 3, Stead 2, Kasprzak 2, Grondal 2, Doolan 2, Barker 2, Woryna 2.

SEMI-FINAL: Lambert, Pedersen, Harris, Doyle.

FINAL: Cook, Schlein, Pedersen, Lambert.
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