Swindon's Charlie Gjedde pulled out all the stops in the sudden death Grand Final to win the first ever Euphony Classic at Reading's Smallmead Stadium on Monday night. Isle of Wight's Smallmead specialist Danny Bird was unbeaten with a fifteen point maximum in the qualifying heats, but it was the Swindon Robin Gjedde who won the big money race when it counted.

This was an individual event, with Euphony presenting large cash prizes to the top three places, which ensured that the action was real cut and thrust. Sixteen riders competed in twenty heats of exciting speedway, with the top four riders going direct through to the 'sudden-death' Grand Final.

After the twenty heats Bird with 15 points, Gjedde 13, Mark Lemon 11 and Travis McGowan 10 progressed through to the final which had to be run three times before getting a result.

First time out Gjedde in a tight first turn took a tumble on the first bend. With so much at stake the referee thankfully ordered a re-run with all four riders. At the second time of asking the riders managed to get to the third bend of the opening lap, before Somerset rider mark lemon took a heavy fall.

Unfortunately for the fallen Australian wasn't quite so luck as Gjedde, and the referee excluded him from the re-run. At the third and final time of asking Gjedde and Bird were first to the first bend, but the Swindon rider just got the edge as the entered the back straight. The talented Dane then began to pull away, with Bird then losing second place to Oxford's Elite League star Travis McGowan. Bird, who had previously looked unstoppable all night fell whilst trying to retake second place, but remounted to finish the race.

Gjedde was now well in front and comfortably took the chequered flag to take the Euphony Classic title, with McGowan in second, and Bird following home in third place.

Next up for the Euphony Racers sees them travelling to Swindon on Thursday night, then two days later they make the long trip north for the re-staging of their final away Premier League match of the season at Workington.

After that Reading have one final meeting at Smallmead Stadium, when they host the Kings Lynn Stars on Monday October 20th - 7.30pm start. This will be the final meeting of the 2003 season at Reading.



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