Somerset Rebels rider Sam Masters reaches World Under-21 Championship finals
Somerset Rebels rider Sam Masters has qualified for the finals of the World Under-21 Speedway Championship after finishing fourth in his semi-final meeting in Italy.
Masters scored 11 points from his five rides in Terenzano to finish equal with Dane Michael Jepsen Jensen, but was placed fourth after a run-off between the two riders to determine the final podium position.
It wasn't such a successful evening for Masters' fellow Cases Rebels in semi-final action.
Kyle Newman and Alex Davies finished in 11th and 13th place respectively in Italy, while Tom Perry was placed 14th in the other semi-final in the Ukraine.
“It is a great achievement for Sam to have qualified for such a prestigious World Final as this,” said Somerset promoter Debbie Hancock on hearing the news from Italy.
“Obviously we are disappointed for Kyle, Alex and Tom in that they did not qualify for the finals, but they can be proud of their achievements in reaching the semi-finals.
“I know that Sam will be over the moon in qualifying and I am sure that the Somerset fans will turn out in force at the Oaktree Arena on Friday for our match against Berwick to not only welcome him home, but to also recognise Kyle, Alex and Tom’s achievements in getting this far in a World Championship competition.”
The finals to determine the 2012 World Under-21 Speedway Champion comprise seven rounds, starting out in Italy on July 21 and ending with two rounds in Argentina in November.
The British round will be staged at Coventry on Friday, August 17.