Swindon secured their first Premiership win of the season with a narrow 46-44 success over Peterborough at the Abbey on Monday.
The CFS Filtration Robins appeared to be in control of an eventful meeting but were indebted to guest Brady Kurtz for winning a last-heat decider after the visitors had clawed a ten-point deficit back to just two.
An eventful meeting saw numerous falls and start-line infringements, but the visitors had an outstanding performer in former Robins star Charles Wright, who racked up paid-18 from seven rides, whilst Bradley Wilson-Dean proved to be a lively reserve.
For Swindon, Kurtz – standing in for the injured Jason Doyle – lowered the new track record to 61.42 in Heat 6 as he raced to 13 points, whilst Adam Ellis also recorded a hat-trick of wins, but he and Tobiasz Musielak were both penalised for over-eagerness at the start-line.
Robins took the advantage with back-to-back 5-1s in Heats 5 and 6, the former race being awarded after Wilson-Dean fell on the exit of turn two just as Musielak got the better of Hans Andersen for second place.
Wilson-Dean was ejected again by referee Chris Durno for bringing down James Shanes in Heat 8, but Wright was beginning to dominate proceedings and he teamed up with Andersen for a big 5-1 in Heat 11 to cut the gap to six points.
Robins were unable to secure any further race advantages, even when Andersen hit mechanical trouble prior to Heat 13, and the penultimate race turned into a disaster as Ellis was handicapped 15 metres for movement at the start.
Wilson-Dean and Wright duly recorded a 5-1 to take the meeting down to the last race, and with Musielak squeezed out in Heat 15 thankfully Kurtz held his nerve to dominate the race from the start and take Swindon to victory.
Manager Alun Rossiter said: “I know a few people were moaning when we announced Brady that he never scores well around here as a guest, but I was always confident. He loves coming up here and we have a good friendship with him.
“We’ve got to keep still at the start, though. They pushed us hard but we let them back into it, and the riders have to be careful when they’re on a warning at the start.
“We have to learn from that, but we’ve got the win and that’s the important thing.”
Robins turn their attentions back to the Premiership Supporters’ Cup on Thursday as they welcome King’s Lynn to the Abbey, and a win will further strengthen their position in the group. Former British Champion Craig Cook has already been named as the guest for Doyle.
SWINDON 46: Brady Kurtz 13, Adam Ellis 10, Troy Batchelor 7+1, Dawid Lampart 6+2, Tobiasz Musielak 6+1, James Shanes 2+2, Zach Wajtknecht 2.
PETERBOROUGH 44: Charles Wright 16+2, Bradley Wilson-Dean 10, Rohan Tungate 6+1, Ben Barker 5+1, Aaron Summers 4+1, Hans Andersen 3+1, Lasse Bjerre r/r.