PIRATES racer Drew Kemp admitted he had no idea whether he had done enough to win heat 14 and help his side rescue a 45-45 draw against Plymouth.

With the hosts four points behind after 13 races at Wimborne Road, Kemp and Ben Cook were pulling out all the stops in a bid to catch Gladiators charger Alfie Bowtell.

The dramatic heat concluded with all three riders crossing the line together. Referee Paul Carrington judged Kemp to be the winner, with Cook second to earn the hosts a 5-1.

Richard Lawson’s final-heat heroics, after skipper Danny King had been excluded, ensured Poole came away with one league point.

Asked about heat 14, Kemp, who totalled 10 points from five rides, told the Daily Echo: “That was an odd one. I suppose you could ask anyone on the terrace, they will all probably say a different answer.

“I was pretty unsure to be honest. I wasn’t clear.

“It was definitely close. I’m not saying he got it and I’m not saying I got it.

“The referee has a better line of sight than I do. If he thinks I got it then that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”

Kemp’s heat win in his final race of the night came after the referee made a call to re-run heat eight. Poole had originally gated on 5-1 through Kemp and Zach Cook, with Bowtell judged to have moved at the start.

Bowtell went on to win the re-run.

Kemp added: “At the end of the day it’s what the referee decides.

“He did me over a little bit in heat eight, I was a little bit disappointed in that. He’s helped me out a little bit in heat 14, so I’ll forgive him for not allowing heat eight!”

He added: “I am messing up my easiest rides really. Heat two especially, I should be winning that race. To come away and get a win at least in my last race – it’s always nice.

“What Havvy (away team boss Gary Havelock) always says to me is ‘you are only as good as your last race’. That’s obviously a win. I can take that into my next few meetings and hopefully go from there.”