A brilliant performance from Newcastle ‘Sapphire Engineering’ Diamonds reserve Tero Aarnio was not enough to prevent the Diamonds finishing last in the Premier League Fours final on Thursday.
The Diamonds finished the event bottom of the pile on 15 points behind Ipswich, Somerset and champions Edinburgh.
The curtain finally fell on the Diamonds 2015 season on a beautiful evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park in Redcar where some of the leagues best riders lined up to compete for the prestigious Premier League Fours trophy.
An enjoyable night of racing unraveled as the Somerset Rebels and Edinburgh Monarchs battled it out to the final heat for the silverware but it was the Scottish side who came out on top.
The star of the show for Newcastle was undoubtedly Tero Aarnio, the 31-year-old pulled off the move of the night in heat 15 when he stormed from third to first to claim the Diamonds only race win of the night and end the night on six points.
A race that Tero believes was a fitting way to end his excellent spell on Tyneside.
Aarnio said: “It was a very tough night, I missed the gate in a couple of my races but still managed to score points. Unfortunately I had bike issues in my second heat but in my final race I was determined to finish my season on a high.
“I knew there was a few Newcastle fans here so I really wanted to entertain them and bid farewell to this season in a fitting way. I have loved my time at Newcastle and really hope I am able to return next year.”
Anton Rosen also put in a very good performance ending the night with four points to his name.
In truth the opposition was too strong for the Diamonds who despite their plucky efforts couldn’t cope with the power of the likes of Craig Cook,Danny King and Brady Kurtz who were all in fine form.
Cook was the man of the night, he continued his blistering form by ending the night unbeaten on 12 points.
Newcastle Diamonds Team Manager George English said: “It was a tough night and the scores reflect what teams could gate. We couldn’t get out the gate to save our lives and on a slick track that cost us.
“Tero was brilliant again tonight and Anton rode very well, we now look optimistically to next season and hope that it will be us winning the fours.”
FINAL SCORES: IPSWICH:24 NEWCASTLE:15 EDINBURGH: 30 SOMERSET: 27
1. EDINBURGH 30: Craig Cook 12, Justin Sedgmen 8, Sam Masters 7, Erik Riss 3.
2. SOMERSET 27: Brady Krutz 10, Josh Grajczonek 7, Richie Worrall 6, Charles Wright 4.
3. IPSWICH 24: Danny King 10, Rohan Tungate 6, Nico Covatti 5, Gino Manzares 2, Cameron Heeps 1.
4. NEWCASTLE 15: Tero Aarnio 6, Anton Rosen 4, Steve Worrall 3, Ludvig Lindgren 2.