Masters starts in style at Pijper testimonial

Theo Pijper pictured at Armadale with wife Carrie and sons Ace and Stein. Pic: Ron MacNeill
Theo Pijper pictured at Armadale with wife Carrie and sons Ace and Stein. Pic: Ron MacNeill
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EDINBURGH MONARCHS Aussie ace Sam Masters made a winning start to the new speedway season by romping to glory in Theo Pijper’s Night of Champions testimonial event at Armadale.

Masters was the class act on the night, unbeaten in his four qualifying heats that eased him into a Grand Final showdown against Aaron Summers, Kevin Doolan and Pijper.

Masters and Doolan, who rides for Berwick Bandits, quickly pulled clear of the others and provided a lively on track scrap before the Monarchs’ favourite eventually prevailed to lift the first prize of a frame kit.

“I might need that sometime”, quipped Masters, who added: “It’s good to win something this early on, and I had a pretty good evening overall. I’ve had a few battles against Kevin in the past and he is always a tough opponent.”

Pijper, who finished fourth, only made the final after Workington’s Kenneth Hansen declined the opportunity, said: “It was jokingly suggested that it was unfair that I wasn’t allowed to win my own meeting! But Sam was a worthy winner and was unstoppable from the start, he looked very sharp.

“I had a great time and would like to thank everybody involved in the event for turning out to support it.”

While the weather was kind to Pijper, the start of the meeting was delayed by 50 minutes after the match ambulance failed to arrive on time.