THE clock is ticking in the race for an Elite League play off place and Eastbourne’s spot in the top four is under threat. Every year one team seems to emerge from the lower reaches of the league and steam up the table into contention.
This year it is Peterborough who are on a roll. They are now breathing down the necks of the Lifestyle Eagles, who have the chance this weekend to put some clear water between themselves and the chasing back.
Tonight (Friday) sees them at Lakeside, the team one place ahead of them in the table.
To get a result there would be a massive boost for Eastbourne, but I cannot say the chances are good. Lakeside are awesome at home and the Eagles will be without the injured Joonas Kylmakorpi and Lewis Bridger. Ben Barker will guest with rider replacement for Kylmakorpi.
Tomorrow (Saturday) it is the Eagles v Wolverhampton at Arlington. This should be a straight-forward day at the office for the home outfit. Edward Kennett comes in at No 1 with rider replacement for Bridger.
So, to the head-to-heads of Eastbourne v Wolves:
n No 1s – Edward Kennett v Freddie Lindgren: Fast Freddie has not been so fast this year while Kennett tends to start well then fade.
The Eagle guest may feel this is a chance to put himself in the shop window because he is enduring a torrid time for his Coventry team this season. Kennett to edge it.
n No 2s – Lukas Dryml v Ty Proctor: It is becoming almost impossible to predict what Dryml will do.
He can go from the sublime to the ridiculous in one meeting but should have enough to outscore the equally unpredictable Proctor.
n No 3s – Simon Gustafsson v Nicolai Klindt: Klindt is coming back from a serious injury so Gustafsson should have no problems in coming out as top dog.
n No 4s - Cameron Woodward v Ricky Wells: A few years ago Wells was an Eastbourne target. He is now scoring good points in the Elite League. Woodward needs to up the search for his gating gloves in that shed of his – he was slow off the mark against Peterborough. Advantage Woodward.
n No 5s – Rider replacement v Tai Woffinden: Woofy, Woofy, Woofy, as one well known TV commentator is apt to say, has had an injury-plagued season but remains one of Britain’s best hopes for the future.
A bit hit and miss at Arlington in the past; this could be his night: Woffinden to Wolf the Eagles!
n No 6s – Denis Gizatullin v Jacob Thorssell – Sorry to say I know little about Mr Thorssell but Gizatullin should be the stronger of the two.
However, he seems to have suffered more than most with the two-week gaps between home meetings.
n No 7s – Timo Lahti v Pontus Aspgren: Running out of things to say about Lahti. Riding like a heatleader from the reserve berth means he will get another hatful of points.
n Overall prediction: Eastbourne 54, Wolverhampton 39.
The British 125cc championship will follow league match.