SOMERSET Rebels finally won the Premier League Pairs Championship at the seventh time of asking in a thrilling final in front of a packed Oaktree Arena crowd.
The two qualifying groups to determine the four semi-finalists were of contrasting fortunes with Group A, which included the Rebels, a very tight affair, so much so that going into the final round of races, virtually any two of the five sides could have booked a semi-final berth.
As it was, however, Somerset's 7-2 race advantage over Berwick in heat 19 saw the home duo top the Group with Scunthorpe joining the Rebels in those semi-finals, the Scorpions edging through over Ipswich on count-back. With both sides locked on 18 points, Scunthorpe's win over the Witches when the two sides met in heat 3 became the deciding factor.
The first semi-final saw the Somerset pair of Doyle and Grajczonek up against Edinburgh's Cook and Vissing, and although Cook quickly hit the front for the Monarchs, the Rebels duo 'packed in' behind him to keep Vissing at the back, Somerset's 5-4 race win booking their passage into the final, where they would face Scunthorpe Scorpians.
With Somerset having been here before but just fallen short at the final hurdle, the homes fans were wondering if this would finally be the year that the Premier League Pairs Trophy would be residing at the Oaktree Arena, but as the tapes rose it looked anything but as although Josh Grajczonek hit the front, Jason Doyle found himself stuck at the back behind Howe and Auty.
With Grajczonek playing his part to try and 'slow up' the Scunthorpe duo, Doyle made his moves as he first worked his way past one and then the other of the Scorpions and to the rapturous celebrations of the Rebels fans he and Grajczonek crossed the finishing line virtually side-by-side, with Doyle somewhat fittingly just taking the race win, for the Somerset Rebels to be crowned 2013 Premier League Pairs Champions.