Rocket Garrity's sensational British Final debut
RYE House Rockets’ teenage sensation Jason Garrity picked up a memorable race win in Monday night’s (May 13) British Final at Wolverhampton.
Garrity already had two second places in the bag - including beating hot favourite Scott Nicholls - but really turned on the style in Heat 15 of the showpiece event at Monmore Green .
Up against Ritchie Worrall (King’s Lynn) and Kyle Howard, Garrity charged to the front and stayed there despite the close attentions of Howard.
The Rye House Rocket lapped up the applause of the crowd, punching the air in delight and doing a celebratory wheelie.
At that stage the three points put him just outside the top six and a semi-final place.
Garrity’s last race saw him get another great start, relegating Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris to the back, but he drifted out wide and made contact with the hard-charging Josh Auty coming out of the first bend, with Birmingham’s Auty smashing into the safety fence.
The race was re-started with all four riders. Garrity made yet another brilliant start, but lost momentum in a wild first lap which saw him go from first to third as first Harris and then Auty overtook him.
Garrity finished the meeting equal seventh with Auty on eight points from his five rides – a tremendous achievement as he was only elevated to one of the main 16 competitors following Stuart Robson’s late withdrawal with a foot injury suffered in last night’s Newcastle v Redcar fixture.
Speaking after his heat win Garrity said: “I’m really enjoying it. I’m giving it 110-per-cent. I’m riding really good this year.”
Rye House team-mate Olly Allen, racing in Elite League Coventry colours, had a mixed bag of results.
He took a solid second place in the opening race of the night, then picked up one point in Heat 6 when up against star of the night and former Rocket Tai Woffinden, and a further point when finishing just ahead of Garrity in Heat 10.
But disaster struck in Heat 14 when Allen got completely out of shape coming out of the first bend after a marvellous start and crashed into the safety fence. He was duly excluded.
Allen’s final race was a thriller, with a battle royal between him and Workington’s Howarth allowing room for Nicholls to squeeze through and take the win.
Rockets’ stand-in skipper finished with five points from his five rides.
Woffinden was unbeaten all night, seeing off Harris, Nicholls and Cook in the grand final.
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