4:53pm Thursday 29th August 2013
PAUL Starke admits he had a day to remember when he came to Dudley's rescue on Sunday.
Starke did four races in the win at Buxton before leaving to ride for Berwick in their Premier League clash at Leicester.
He was due to miss the meeting because Berwick had priority for their Premier League trip to Leicester that night.
And with Heathens already without skipper Ashley Morris because of his appearance for Workington at Newcastle, Kent star Steve Boxall was lined-up as a guest.
But when Boxall crashed out of the Kings’ meeting at Stoke on Saturday it left the former Cradley club with an impossible situation.
Starke promptly notched 11 at Buxton before weighing in with 9+2 at Leicester.
“It was a crazy day and one that I’ll remember for a long time,” Starke said. “I am delighted that I was able to ride for Dudley and do a job for them.
“I knew it would be a rush, but I really enjoyed it and I never wanted to miss the Dudley meeting in the first place.”
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It was looking bleak for us on Sunday morning and four hours before the start we only had five riders.
“But (co-promoter) Gary Patchett got hold of Starkey and asked if he fancied doing it.
“He said yes immediately but we had to give Berwick our word that he would be at Leicester in time for the meeting there.
“Starkey scored 11 to help us to an amazing win at Buxton. We went from only having five riders to picking up three points for an away win.”
Heathens head to Coventry in a re-arranged fixture on Friday before facing Buxton in their final home league match at Mommore next Tuesday.
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