Newcastle Diamonds fans’ minds were on Wolverhampton last night as the new 'King of Diamonds' Danny King contested the British Final – but despite being tipped for success his plans took a disastrous turn.
His opening heat, the second on the programme, saw him out alongside world champion and current leader for 2014 Tai Woffinden plus Simon Stead and Charles Wright. However, going into the first bend he lost his footing, spun and fell with the referee excluding him from the race, which was eventually won by Wright.
In his second heat King made the worst of the four gates and found himself stuck at the rear and despite frantic chasing could not pass Lewis Blackbird, who took third behind Jason Garrity and Scott Nichols leaving King pointless.
Heat nine was a vital race for King as a win would have kept him on contention for the semi-final, and up against Leigh Lanham, Richard Lawson and Steve Boxall he made no mistake at the gate – jetting away to seal a big lead off the second bend and three points.
Heat 16 was another matter against former Diamond Richie Worrall, Cook and Lewis Bridger.
King missed the gate and despite charging back up to secure second behind Cook, plus taking two more points in his last heat, he missed the semi-finals.