Yep, 15-minutes to complete that race, and why do riders need to return to the pit gate for mechanical adjustments, each time it gets stopped for a tapes infringement. I think the time allowance in circumstances like that, should be one minute, and not the customary two.
I agree with some comments about various racing lines having disappeared, which has reduced some of the excitement, but as Buster said, he's still working on that, and hopefully will be sorted soon, so Panthers fans can enjoy the racing they are accustomed too. Having said that, after Belle Vue, I still think it's the next best racing strip in the Premiership by a country mile.
As for the meeting, I did enjoy it very much, and it was a sheer joy to see Kasper Andersen perform in the way that he did for King's Lynn, and hope that gives him the confidence to now move forward with his career.
Will I return to the East of England Arena again this season, the answer is no. Tractor racing after Heats 2, 4, 7 and 10 (this admittedly was part of a 13-minute interval) just doesn't float my boat, and from a racing point of view, it didn't need it. I notice Hans N Andersen said in his programme notes, there are times the track shouldn't be graded, and that they need to be a bit more shrewd !!
Mildenhall raced on a blistering hot afternoon the previous day, but didn't have to resort to these sort of delays, and produced some good racing.
On top of that, we had a delayed start to allow late comers to get into the stadium, with one of the reasons being mentioned was the local football match. POPPYCOCK, would the football match have been delayed if some of the public had not been inside the ground at the scheduled kick-off time, of course they wouldn't, so why should the speedway? Totally unfair on those that had been inside the East of England Arena at 4.30pm when the gates opened. If the football kicked off at 3.00pm (I don't know if it did), it would have been over by approximately 4.45pm, which leaves more than enough time to get a couple of miles or so up the road to their next sporting choice. Just not acceptable for me I'm afraid.
Anyway, I hope both clubs go on to enjoy a good season, and thanks for the entertainment between delays.