Swindon remain unbeaten in the Premiership Supporters’ Cup following their 51-39 Bank Holiday Monday home win over Ipswich.
The CFS Filtration Robins were able to build on their resounding Good Friday triumph at Poole to open up a five point gap at the top of the Southern Group.
And after last Thursday’s dramatic draw against the Pirates, this was a solid first win around the new Abbey Stadium circuit.
Captain Jason Doyle led the way with a hat-trick of race wins – and he also set a new track record in the opening heat in a time of 61.83.
He was again supported brilliantly by Aussie compatriot Troy Batchelor who continued his terrific run of early form by registering a fourth successive double figure return.
After a tough comeback to British Speedway, Pole Dawid Lampart enjoyed one of his finest ever performances in the UK dropping just two points to an Ipswich rider.
Adam Ellis contributed a solid eight paid ten for a second home meeting running while Tobiasz Musielak had to work a little harder for the same return, including a terrific battling point in Heat Nine from a 15-metre handicap.
And while Zach Wajtknecht and James Shanes endured more difficult nights down at reserve, their input proved the difference in sending the visitors home empty handed.
Robins co-promoter Lee Kilby said: “It was important that the boys were able to back up the win at Poole with a home win over Ipswich and I thought it was a terrific job by the team in the end.
“Going into the meeting we knew they’d got some big hitters who could potentially cause us some damage so we’re really made up with the final result.
“It’s great to see the top five scoring so solidly and so consistently in the main and once Zach and James get going like we know they can, we’re going to be an even bigger threat at this level.
“We saw some terrific racing again tonight and some of the lines the boys are discovering on this new track is creating a whole different spectacle here at the Abbey Stadium.
“We used to be known for the famous Abbey roar and that is on its way back again because we’re seeing some amazing racing and tussles that are going right down to the wire – long may it continue!”
Robins travel to Ipswich for the return on Thursday (April 25, 7.30) before facing King’s Lynn away next Monday (April 29, 7.30).
The next meeting at The Abbey Stadium sees Swindon host their first home league fixture of the campaign on Monday, May 6 (7.30).
Peterborough are the visitors for that one and include a whole host of former Swindon representatives.
PREMIERSHIP SUPPORTERS’ CUP:
SWINDON 51: Jason Doyle 12, Dawid Lampart 10+3, Troy Batchelor 10+1, Adam Ellis 8+2, Tobiasz Musielak 8+2, Zach Wajtknecht 2, James Shanes 1
IPSWICH 39: Chris Harris 12+1, Krystian Pieszczek 7+1, Jake Allen 7+1, Cameron Heeps 7, Danny King 4, Richard Lawson 2, David Bellego 0
PSC points: Swindon 3 Ipswich 0