Contributor Steve Penny summarises the action for us from Het Kuipke (the little oval) last night, as we reach the halfway point in the Gent Six Day 2012. The crowds filed into Het Kuipke in the thousands to meet friends, drink a beer or two and watch the 72nd Gent Six as it approached the all important weekend.
Before the racing started it was announced that Wim Stroetinga was out of the race – for now – with a stomach problem. This would explain why he and partner Peter Schep had not been scoring many points over the first two nights.
The programme started with the Team Elimination (or ‘Devil’ as old school English speakers call it).
The 20 points on offer went to Iljo Keiise / Glenn O’Shea, the local hero (Keisse) outsprinting Gijs Van Hoecke.
The World Madison Champions, Van Hoecke and Kenny De Ketele, have made a good start and are going toe-to-toe with Keisse / O’Shea in what appears to be a two horse race this year.