THE Somerset Rebels were crowned the Premier League Fours Champions for only the second time in their history on Sunday in a dramatic afternoon at Peterborough.
The Somerset quartet of Nick Morris, Olly Allen, Pontus Aspgren and Brady Kurtz, together with reserve Charles Wright, were drawn in Group A of the Championship Semi-Finals along with Newcastle, Scunthorpe and meeting hosts Peterborough, while the defending Fours Champions Edinburgh were in Group B together with Workington, Redcar and Berwick.
The Grand Final was to be contested over 12 heats with each rider having three rides each - Olly Allen get the Rebels off to a good start with second place in the opening heat, Pontus Aspgren following suite in heat two to put Somerset into a share of the lead at this early stage of proceedings.
Nick Morris sped away for the all-important race win, and with Workington’s Kyle Howarth only picking up a single point for third place, it meant that Somerset could not be caught, and were now the 2014 Premier League Fours Champions.
Somerset team manager Garry May said afterwards: “This was is just a fantastic achievement by the boys, when we put the team together over the winter I knew that we would be strong in events such as this and the Pairs, and so it has proved.
“All five of the boys rode their hearts out today, and were not going to be denied. “I knew that Nick and Olly wanted to make up for the disappointment of losing out in last month's Pairs Final, and they have done that in stunning style.
“In just under two years this club has won every team championship there is to win in the Premier League, which is some achievement, but we are not finished yet, we still have the League Championship itself to go for, we are the defending League Champions and we want to retain that title.”
“But all that is for later, right now we are going to enjoy the glory of being the Premier League Fours Champions, and hopefully all Somerset fans will be at the Oaktree Arena on Friday evening when we take on Rye Hose to give these boys the congratulations they richly deserve.”