RYE House speedway rider Kyle Hughes finished a fantastic fourth in the British U21 Final at Lakeside.

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Kyle Hughes [Picture by Ian Bush]

This year’s breakthrough star at Rye House maintained his remarkable early season form on Friday night.

He took fourth spot behind former Rockets Joe Haines and Tai Woffinden and third-placed Lewis Bridger.

The 20-year-old doubling up Rocket and Cobra was the only outsider to crack the seeded dominance that enveloped the main 20 race programme.

He finished ahead of both former Rocket Robert Mear, from Hatfield, and Simon Lambert to nab a semi-final spot.

British U21 Final Results

* Riders’ scores (main 20 heat programme, 5 rides each): Tai Woffinden 14, Lewis Bridger 14 (through to Grand Final), Joe Haines 14, Josh Auty 11, Jerran Hart 10, Kyle Hughes 9 (through to semi-final), Robert Mear 9, Simon Lambert 8, Paul Starke 7, Kyle Howarth 6, Steve Worrall 5, Kyle Newman 3, Brendan Johnson 3, Richard Franklin 3, Aaron Baseby 3, Scott Campos 1. Reserves: Joe Jacobs, Jon Resch did not ride.

* Semi-Final Run-Off (top 2 to Grand Final): Joe Haines, Kyle Hughes, Jerran Hart, Josh Auty.

* Grand Final: Joe Haines, Tai Woffinden, Lewis Bridger, Kyle Hughes.

Hughes then finished second in that run-off to make the final four.

Five points from his first three starts – including a second place in heat 11 ahead of Mear and Lambert – laid the foundation for Hughes’ night of magic, which he then cemented with a victory in heat 15.

A point from his final ride after lifting at the start left him on nine points – the same as Mear but ahead of the Mearkat for the final qualification place on a head-to-head count-back.

The semi-final draw brought Hughes up against 2009 Rocket Joe Haines, British U18 champion Jerran Hart and Josh Auty.

Hughes claimed second place behind Bolton Wonder Haines to make the winner-takes-all Grand Final.

There the dream ended as the big guns dominated. GB star Woffinden, the 2008 British champion, defending titlist Bridger and Haines had dropped their only main programme points against each other, and so it proved here.

Haines drove around the outside of the field on the first two bends to take the crown ahead of Woffinden, Bridger and Hughes.

Newly-crowned British U21 champion Haines was back at Rye House last night (Saturday) for new club King’s Lynn as the Silver Ski Rockets took on the Stars in a crunch Premier Trophy encounter.

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