UK NEWS - 22 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

GREAT Britain star Chris Harris has spoken of his delight after he sealed his place in the 2015 Grand Prix series.
Harris has been a regular on the World Championship scene since 2007, only missing out on a GP place last year, but he has experienced a tough 2014 campaign on the world stage.
With his hopes of a top eight finish over, his chances of maintaining his Grand Prix status rested on the Grand Prix Challenge as he travelled to Lonigo last night.
With the pressure on, the Coventry man put in a spectacular display to notch 13 points and a place in the all-important top three alongside meeting winner Matej Zagar (Belle Vue) and Jason Doyle (Leicester). Poole’s Maciej Janowski was fourth, which may well also be enough for a place in next year’s series.
Harris revealed he was “over the moon” after a memorable evening – and he is now desperate to ensure he gets back to his best on the Grand Prix stage in 2015.
Said Harris: “It was a great night, and I’m just over the moon. We worked really hard this week to make sure everything was ready, and I’m just delighted that it paid off.
“Everything came together on the night and went to plan, so it was brilliant really. I’m just really pleased to be back in the Grand Prix’s next year and to get another chance.
“I just want to say thanks to my team, sponsors and everyone who has supported me, especially my partner Emma-Louise who has had to put up with a lot this year.
“I’m just really pleased to be able to repay them by getting the job done and making sure I’ll be in the GP’s again next year.
“It’s been a tough season for me in the GPs, but I’ll be able to start fresh next year when I’m a lot more organised.
“It wasn’t ideal getting a late call this year, but now I’ve got all winter to get prepared and make sure I come back ready to do well next season.”

EDINBURGH took a big step towards the Premier League play-off Final with a 48-45 win at Berwick in their second group fixture on Saturday.
The Monarchs fought back from a ten-point deficit after Heat 8, but after picking up a 6-3 in the next race when Sam Masters went for double they turned the meeting around with 5-1s in Heats 11 and 13, leaving the Bandits to rue late-meeting falls for Claus Vissing and David Bellego.
Masters top-scored for the visitors with 14+2, Craig Cook added 11 and returning skipper Derek Sneddon scored 10+1, whilst Kevin Doolan led the way for the home side on 12.
Sneddon said: “I knew the team needed me so I did what I had to do. It was a great night for the team.”
Berwick manager John Anderson said: “What a top match that was, tight to the end but with a couple of badly timed falls for us and Edinburgh upping their game dramatically we were right up against it and their strength took us down at the end.
“We have to make the best of our visit to Workington and their visit here in three weeks, and hope the Comets can buck the form guide and hammer a couple of tight wins past the Monarchs, but it's a steep hill to climb now. We have to cure the inconsistency that plagues us at the moment.”
Meanwhile Mildenhall took control of the National Trophy Final with a 52-37 win at Stoke, No.1 Joe Jacobs leading the way for the Fen Tigers with a 15-point maximum in the first leg tie.

PETERBOROUGH launch a two-pronged assault on one of the most prestigious pieces of British speedway silverware today.
Number one Lasse Bjerre and skipper Ulrich Ostergaard both represent the Panthers in the Premier League Riders' Championship at Sheffield (5pm).
And team boss Carl Johnson is convinced both men can launch a challenge for individual glory on the big, fast Owlerton circuit.
Johnson said: “Sheffield is definitely the sort of track that Lasse favours while Ulrich has been in brilliant form lately. They both scored well when we raced at Sheffield in the Premier League and I don't see any reason why they shouldn't go well again. They must both be in with a chance.”
Simon Stead represents the host club at Owlerton, and 2012 winner Craig Cook is also amongst the favourites.
Meanwhile Mildenhall take a 15-point lead into the second leg of their National Trophy Final against Stoke after an impressive display at Loomer Road on Saturday. The Fen Tigers host the return against the Potters at West Row.


JUNIOR NEWS - 22 September, 2014
Story by David Lamont

Maximum Matthew Gilmore has won the 2014 NSW U16 125cc speedway championship. He has been in great form this year with wins in the Redloh Cup and Todd Wiltshire cup plus a runner up finish in the Australian championship.

A field of 14 riders contested the title with a number traveling from Queensland. They included Broc and Jack Hall, sons of former Gosford Speedway regular Dennis Hall. Broc had four second places and a third to qualify for the B Final.

Hard luck story of the day goes to Jimmy Jones. He won his first heat and was leading his second when he dropped a valve and did not finish. He was out for the rest of the day. His misfortune benefited William Joice who inherited the win and the points that got him into the B Final.

Kyle Hall has been a regular this year and put in some good performances. He had three heat wins and a second place to also qualify for the B Final. He could have made it directly to the A Final but in his first heat he broke a chain on the start line and was left behind as the other riders raced away.

Jack Miles was the final B Final qualifier.

Keynon Rew has a very professional looking set up with two very well presented bikes and a stylish race suit. His four wins earned his a spot in the A Final. The only points he dropped were in the heat with Gilmore who won.

Cordell Rogerson has done a lot of traveling from Queensland. Last week it was for the Todd Wiltshire Cup then back again for the NSW championship. He qualified for the a final with three wins and a couple of second places.

The B Final was decided by the first turns. Kyle Hall lifted at the start but still managed to keep the inside line and lead out of the turns. Behind him Joice, Miles and Broc Hall were tightly bunched for a couple of laps. Towards the end of the race Joice moved up to get closer to Kyle Hall but there not enough laps left to challenge. Hall was through to the A Final.

When the tapes went up Gilmore made a very fast start to lead from Rogerson, Rew and Hall. Hall dropped back but the other two remained close behind Gilmore. At the end of lap 2 Rogerson put his front wheel up inside Gilmore's rear but had to ease off before the turns. He lost momentum allowing Rew to move underneath and take second place. This allowed Gilmore to increase his lead and he then had a steady run to the chequered flag.

Gilmore is the form rider in the 125cc class and has also done laps on a 250cc bike. If he can make the transition and continue his winning ways on the bigger bike he looks to have a great future.


SIDECAR NEWS - 21 September, 2014
Story by Brendon Gledhill

A large and very enthusiastic crowd attended Olympic Park Speedway for the opening meeting of the season and saw eight times Australian Sidecar Champion and World Champion, Darrin Treloar, with passenger Blake Cox, take a fifteen point maximum score, in the Derek Lynd Memorial Trophy meeting.

Against a who’s who of Australia’s top sidecar talent, Treloar was his normal masterly self, as he drove strongly from every start and placed himself in a position to win each of his heats and then to absolutely dominate the final, which was a blistering race, contested by the top four teams on the night.

Mildura’s Warren Monson took second place after qualifying on points behind dual World Champions Mick and Jesse Headland, who finished in third place in a hectic final, which had every patron still on the edge of their seats.

In a sign of good things for the future, the young family combination of Aaron and Tegan Hartwig, from Waikerie, easily won the “B” final and were not outclassed to come fourth in the Trophy event.

The Trophy meeting, which started the Mildura season more than two months earlier than usual, brought out many former Australian Sidecar Champions with Andrew Cleave / Dave Power taking part in some two lap dashes before making a gentle retirement to the VIP Lounge with meeting sponsor, Deon Lynd. Joining  Cleave and Treloar were veteran Len Bowes, who won his Title way back in 1968 and 1982 Champion, Clarry Jones, who was also in attendance.

While there was some attrition for the first meeting for the season, the top group of teams always should have been in contention. The “B” final, where the winner became the last entrant into the Trophy event, saw some bad luck for best qualifiers, Justin Plaisted / Sam Harrison, who had a fire in the carburetion system of their borrowed machine immediately prior to the event start. This problem virtually handed a win to the Hartwigs, who stormed to the lead from a great “holeshot” and were never headed by NSW team of Shane Hudson / Brad Pitt or locals, Chris Dess / Daz Whetstone.

Patrons were full of expectation for the Trophy decider, thinking that there would be some heavy contact or at least a re-start prior to seeing the chequered flag, but while this race was one of the hottest to be seen for some seasons, it was a clean and uneventful contest albeit that is provided a great chase from Monson, who had selected the outside gate position, while his main rivals, Treloar had taken gate one, with the Headlands starting from gate two. Last qualifiers, the brother / sister Hartwig team, were left to start from gate three.

When the tapes flew it was Treloar who made a great start, with Hartwig going with him from the third alley. Just fifty metres into the race Headland was slightly squeezed by the riders from both sides and lost some momentum going into the first turn, with the result that, Monson, who had started from the usually difficult outside start, swept around all but Treloar and the chase began. Headland could never get on terms with either Treloar and Monson and the Hartwigs would have had the best view in the house of the contest in front.

Treloar, in a superlative display,  always rode clean and quick lines and whilst Monson waited for a mistake from the master. A mistake never came from the best Sidecar racer ever seen and Treloar / Cox went on the win the massive prize money purse put up by event sponsor Deon Lynd. Treloar had a huge focus on the meeting and this win will see all of Australia’s top riders chasing him for the whole season.

The” Two lap” dashes were also a highlight of the night, where Andrew Cleave / Dave Power raced against the Paul Birch and Deon Lynd teams, who were joined by Darrin Treloar at his own request, as he just wanted to be on track with his good mates, Cleave and Lynd, one last time. The lactic acid build up was strong from all the senior riders, but it was a strong display from Andrew Cleave / Dave Power, who showed that they have not lost any of their speed or track craft, as they clearly showed their way around Olympic Park. When asked did he enjoy the new track layout, Cleave replied “That is now a great track to ride, however he thought that he would not have had the advantage that he had previously, as the peculiarities that he knew and understood, have been evened up by the new more open corners,” Cleave went on to say, “that if he was to ride again, he would have to have work out some other advantage to help him win. “

Meeting sponsor, Deon Lynd, had asked the Mildura Club host a Memorial meeting for his late father, who had only died a year ago. The Club agreed immediately with Lynd’s request and the work of gathering the best field began. All of the riders came to ride for Deon, in memory of his Dad, so even down to the youngest of the teams, the meeting had a strong family meaning, especially for the winner, Darrin Treloar, who had only lost his father Garry, back in June of this year. Treloar senior had ridden Olympic Park many times and since his retirement had travelled to Mildura many times with his famous sidecar riding son. Garry Treloar was a great rider, winning the Australian Pairs Championship, some State Titles and was Captain of a Sidecar team which toured England in 1989.

Support events were from the Classic sidecar group where all competitors had a win during their heats. AJ Pearce and Micky O’Loughlin were probably best overall, with Rod and Brodie Gebhart next until Rod took a tumble and was the only person to require any First Aid for the night. Dale Milner / Nick O’Brien and Simon Cohrs / Reece Farr also chimed in for some good results in the “fun” class.

The success of speedway in Mildura was highlighted as the Juniors, who had entertained the pre meeting crowd, were walking from the infield just as the Lynd Trophy riders were coming onto the Arena. It was just a moving sea of bikes, kids, parents and senior competitors . . . . a wonderful sight.

The success of the Junior Club at Mildura is due to the hard work of a great core group of parents who are building a wonderful culture of learning, fun, respect and enjoyment. Anybody wishing to join in junior speedway activity can contact any Club official or attend the Junior meetings each first Wednesday of every month.

Next meeting at Olympic park will be a Classic meeting, which will be a tribute to famous speedway twins. John and Les Gates.


SGP NEWS - 21 September, 2014
Story by Hayley Bromley

Matej Žagar tonight secured his 2015 Grand Prix spot by storming to victory in the Speedway Grand Prix Challenge in Lonigo, Italy.

The super Slovenian scooped a near perfect 13-point score from five rides, along with Leicester's Jason Doyle and Coventry's Chris Harris.

But neither could keep pace with the 31-year old in the race-off for first as he swept both riders aside to claim an emphatic win.

Both Doyle and Harris, second and third respectively, have also booked their place in the 2015 series.

Following an impressive season with the Leicester Lions, Doyle will make his debut on the world championship stage next spring.

And should Žagar retain his position in this year's top eight, Maciej Janowski, fourth place on the night, will join him as a freshman to the SGP series.

Scorers - 2015 GP Challenge
Matej Zagar 13 (after run-off), Jason Doyle 13, Chris Harris 13, Maciej Janowski 11, Nicolas Covatti 10, Thomas H. Jonasson 10, Przemyslaw Pawlicki 10, Peter Kildemand 8, Peter Ljung 7, Hans Andersen 6, Nicolai Klindt 5, Linus Sundstrom 5, Oliver Berntzon 4, Janusz Kolodziej 3, Mads Korneliussen 2, Mattia Carpanese 0, Michele Paco Castagna (reserve) 0, Nicolas Vicentin (reserve) 0

Top three qualify for 2015 Grand Prix series.


UK NEWS - 21 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

STEVE Worrall has an Individual title to chase on Sunday – in a break from helping the title aspirations of all three of his clubs!
Worrall is involved in play-offs at Elite, Premier and National League levels for Swindon, Edinburgh and Cradley respectively, and he has underlined his strong season by qualifying for the PLRC at Sheffield.
He said: “Getting the chance to ride in the PLRC wasn't something I expected to be honest. Coming from being a three point reserve, I never expected to qualify for the event so I'm just delighted to be involved.
“I guess I'm a bit of an underdog to a certain extent, but I suppose that means there isn't much pressure on me. I'll give it my best shot, and if I'm making good starts then you never know what might happen.”

SAM Masters scored a paid maximum as Edinburgh made a winning start to their Premier League play-off campaign against Berwick on Friday.
The Monarchs won 54-39 at Armadale on Friday with Masters receiving strong support from Craig Cook, whilst Kevin Doolan scored 16 for the visitors.
Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “We definitely missed our skipper Derek Sneddon who called off earlier in the day with food poisoning but after a slow start we took control of the match and I was happy with the final result.”
Berwick co-promoter George Hepburn said: “This was the best Berwick performance at Edinburgh I can remember for years and if that’s the determination, passion and desire the lads will race for in these play-offs, then watch out - we’re not finished yet!
“Kevin Doolan, Alex Edberg and Matty Wethers really excelled tonight and you could see that passion to bring success to Berwick, and we’ll aim to get that from all the lads over the last three group matches. This is just the start of a big adventure for the Bandits.”
Meanwhile Plymouth completed their regular Premier League campaign with a 59-37 win over injury-hit Sheffield at the St Boniface Arena. Kyle Newman (13+2) scored a paid maximum for the Devils with Tigers guest Todd Kurtz picking up 12.
Plymouth manager Lee Trigger said: “It was another good team performance to round off our league fixtures and to finish ninth in the table is a couple of positions better than last season.
“We have now taken the maximum three points from each of our last nine matches at the St Boniface Arena, which shows that we have turned things around as far as our home form is concerned.”
Sheffield co-promoter Peter Mole said: “Considering we had so many injuries and went there with half a team I think we did all that could be expected of us.”

EDINBURGH boss Alex Harkess has stressed away points could well be crucial in the battle to reach the Premier League Grand Final.
The Monarchs, who topped the regular table, head to Berwick for the return of Friday’s opening group fixture which they took by a 15-point margin with Workington, the third team in the group, opening their campaign next Friday.
Harkess said: “We’ll be going to Berwick on Saturday looking to pick up at least one match point. If we can manage that we’ll be in a strong position to get to the play-off final.”
Meanwhile Mildenhall travel to Stoke in the first leg of the National Trophy Final which takes place across this weekend as the return fixture is at West Row on Sunday.
Fen Tigers Chairman Kevin Jolly said: “Stoke will be a very difficult proposition, they have bought in two excellent guests so it should be nip and tuck across the two meetings and hopefully a big crowd will be in attendance to see us lift the National Trophy on Sunday.
“The lads have come into form at the right time, we are riding well as a unit and team spirit is very good. If everyone stays totally focused on the business in hand I see no reason why we can’t secure a good result at Stoke on Saturday evening and finish the job off on Sunday.”

SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter is hoping to see his side take advantage of perfect timing as they prepare for the Elite League play-offs.
The Robins experienced a frustrating start to the campaign, but they have been in spectacular form over the closing weeks of the season to cement a top four place.
Rossiter said: “The last few years we've tended to hit the ground running but then we've fizzled out towards the end of the season. It took us a while to get going this year, but everything seems to have clicked and we have timed our run well.
“We can never be overconfident because we know teams raise their games when it comes to the play-offs, so it's going to be tough. But the way we are riding we have to have the self-belief that we can go all the way, so we are looking forward to it.”


UK NEWS - 20 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

SHEFFIELD bosses have arranged a host of extra attractions to make Sunday’s Premier League Riders’ Championship a great day out for everyone.
The Owlerton gates will open at 3pm for the 5pm meeting which features top Premier League stars over 22 heats – including a Grand Final to decide the champion.
Added attractions include local band Suddenly US who will play before the meeting, a raffle for a 32” TV and other prizes, a personal appearance from World IBF Boxing Champion Kell Brooke, free face painting, an ice cream van – and special commemorative PLRC t-shirts and hats will be available.
There’s also free hand clappers for the first 100 children who are with an adult who buys a programme.
There will also be two bikes which Olympic cyclists use for training so friends and family can race each other.
Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates said: “This is the first PLRC staged by the new management here at Sheffield and we are very proud to be doing so.
“We are very much looking forward to it and we have gone to great lengths to make it a great day for everyone, my special thanks must go to Matt at POW UK for his help with the band and our good friends Wosskow Brown Solicitors with the bicycles.
“We are opening the gates at 3pm so I would recommend people get down here early and make a day of it before 22 heats of fast and exciting speedway.”
The line-up has seen several changes due to a number of reasons with Nick Morris, Morten Risager, Matej Kus, Stuart Robson and Jason Garrity all coming in.
1. Steve Worrall (Edinburgh), 2. Ryan Douglas (Scunthorpe), 3. Stuart Robson (Newcastle), 4. Simon Stead (Sheffield), 5. Ben Barker (Plymouth), 6. Craig Cook (Edinburgh), 7. Morten Risager (Ipswich), 8. Jason Garrity (Rye House), 9. Ulrich Ostergaard (Peterborough), 10. Danny King (Newcastle), 11. Theo Pijper (Glasgow), 12. Matej Kus (Berwick), 13. Richard Lawson (Redcar), 14. Lasse Bjerre (Peterborough), 15. Josh Grajczonek (Workington), 16. Nick Morris (Somerset).

TAYLOR Poole is due to have surgery today on a broken femur after an horrific crash at Sheffield on Thursday.
Poole was involved in a three-man accident in Heat 3 which also left team-mate Leigh Lanham with a suspected broken thumb, whilst Plymouth’s Rasmus Jensen was unable to take any further part in the meeting after the re-run.
And Sheffield suffered a further problem later on as Josh Bates aggravated a shoulder injury. The delays caused the Premier League clash to be abandoned after ten races due to the curfew, home reserve Ben Wilson piling up 16+2 from seven rides to help his side edge a 32-30 win.
Sheffield boss Joe Screen said: “It was tough losing Taylor and Leigh early on like we did, and it just summed up the way our season has gone really because it’s been an absolute nightmare with injuries.
“It was a difficult night and we were pleased to come away with the win at the end, but obviously it was overshadowed by the injuries and we hope everyone has a speedy recovery.”
Meanwhile Redcar’s Jan Graversen won the Teesside Silver Helmet defeating Aaron Summers, Ludvig Lindgren and Thomas Jorgensen in the Final.

PREMIER League leaders Edinburgh launch the play-offs with their first group fixture against Berwick at Armadale on Friday.
The Monarchs have already secured two big wins over the Bandits at home this season, and the visitors will hope to improve with the track knowledge of Claus Vissing and Matthew Wethers, although they will be without Steen Jensen due to a groin injury.
Edinburgh skipper Derek Sneddon said: “After our record breaking run was ended the boys were a bit deflated, but after our results last weekend I think we have all hit form again and there couldn’t be a better time to do so.”
Meanwhile Plymouth complete their regular Premier League campaign with the visit of Sheffield, as the two sides meet for the second time in 24 hours.
Both teams are hit by injuries, especially after the Owlerton clash last night, with Ulrich Ostergaard booked to replace Ben Barker at No.1 for the Devils who are waiting on news from Rasmus Jensen.
Sheffield have called up Todd Kurtz but have further spots to fill after seeing three riders hurt on Thursday.

MILDENHALL will be without star reserve Connor Mountain for both legs of the National Trophy Final after a crash in Monday’s British Under-19 Final.
Mountain laid his machine down to avoid an accident but was collected from behind and suffered wrist damage meaning he will miss the weekend clashes with Stoke, and the Fen Tigers have brought in 17-year-old Ellis Perks to guest for him.
Chairman Kevin Jolly said: “Losing Connor is a massive blow for us, he has been a shining light all season at Mildenhall, improving week on week and showing great skill and maturity for one so young and inexperienced.
“But that’s where we are and thankfully Ellis Perks has stepped in to ride for us. We have heard very positive reports about him in the recent weeks, he seems a laid back character with plenty of potential and we will give him all the support he needs over the weekend.”


SOLO NEWS - 19 September, 2014
Story by Brad Muller

One of the most improved riders in British speedway is Kyle Newman. The Poole Pirate & Plymouth Devils star is also a confirmed starter at this summers 2014 Rob Woffinden Classic & West Coast Solo Invitational events at Pinjar Park.

Kyle comes to Perth in career best form and very much looking forward to spending some time on the west coast.

Kyle now joins Czech international Matej Kus, British u21 Champion Josh Bates & Danish international Rasmus Jensen as confirmed starters at this seasons two biggest shows.


UK NEWS - 19 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

GLASGOW star Theo Pijper is hoping his latest attempt at the Premier League Riders’ Championship on Sunday proves to be his best so far.
The Dutchman has been in a strong run of form for the Tigers during the closing part of their regular league campaign, and is hoping to find track conditions at Sheffield to his liking for the showpiece event.
Pijper said: “I've done the event a couple of times in my career but never been super-successful. Hopefully this time it will come.
“I feel really good with my racing at the moment. I'm making some good starts. I'm going to go and prepare myself for just another meeting and hopefully they prepare some dirt on the track, because I like a bit of dirt.”

POOLE have completed their regular Elite League campaign on top of the table – and now await King’s Lynn’s response at Belle Vue next Monday.
The Pirates won 49-41 at Leicester to make it eight points from two away matches this week, and will receive first choice of play-off opponents unless the Stars draw or win in their final fixture at Kirkmanshulme Lane.
Skipper Maciej Janowski and guest Dakota North secured a 4-2 in the last race to ensure the Pirates would take all four points on the night, whilst in-form Fast Track reserve Kyle Newman top-scored with 11+1. Jason Doyle, with 13, was top-scorer for the home side.
Pirates promoter Matt Ford said: “We asked the lads to go out there and pick up eight points this week if they could and the response was impeccable. Leicester pushed us hard but we kept believing and I am so proud of the lads, especially Magic for doing it in Heat 15.
“Doyley is a hard rider to beat round here and Magic did it twice. Since stepping in as the leading rider in the side over the last month or so he has been absolutely superb and I can't praise him highly enough.”
Leicester manager Norrie Allan said: “It was a close-run match until the final two races when they scored nine points to our three. The lead changed hands five times in the first ten races, that's how close it was.”
In the National League Knockout Cup, King’s Lynn built a 15-point advantage over Stoke with a 54-39 win in their first leg at the Norfolk Arena, with reserve Tom Stokes piling up 15+4 and guest Simon Lambert adding 15.
Young Stars boss Dale Allitt said: “I went into the meeting with a figure in my head and we will go to Stoke with more, so I am very pleased. The team performed well and it has given us a great chance of making the Final.”

SHEFFIELD stage their penultimate home Premier League match of the season with the visit of Plymouth to Owlerton on Thursday.
The Tigers continue to operate rider-replacement for the injured Andre Compton, whilst Olly Allen stands in for Ben Barker at No.1 for the Devils.
Sheffield skipper Simon Stead said: “It’s an important spell of the season for us and we’d like to end with some good form. I’ve been really pleased with my season but that’s been overshadowed because the team have been struck down with so many injuries.
“Hopefully I can do well against Plymouth and then we go down to their place on Friday. Then it’s time to focus on the PLRC which is always a fantastic meeting.”
Meanwhile Redcar wrap up their season with the Teesside Silver Helmet individual event at the South Tees Motorsports Park.
The Bears regulars are joined by Robert Lambert, Ulrich Ostergaard, Thomas Jorgensen, Jason Garrity, and Kenneth Hansen, and there will also be a personal appearance from World Champion Tai Woffinden.

KENT are hoping for good news from a Planning Committee meeting on Thursday evening where they have requested a relaxing of their curfew time for racing at Central Park.
The Kings want the current 8.30pm cut-off to be extended to 10pm or, if a compromise is needed, 9.30pm to enable meetings to start later than their current 6.30pm and make it easier for supporters to attend after work.
Chairman Roger Cearns said: “We have spent much time and expense erecting what is a substantial and innovative acoustic barrier – to ensure residential neighbours would not be inconvenienced at all by the Speedway. All of the sound testing carried out by both our own consultants and by Swale Council’s Environmental Health team since we opened and have run on Monday evenings and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons, have shown no noise nuisance is being caused.
“The combination of the improved silencers now used in the sport and the sound barrier fence doing its job, mean we can go to Planning Committee confident that we have the empirical evidence to show that no problems will occur if the curfew is changed to 9.30pm or 10pm.”


UK NEWS - 18 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

SHEFFIELD skipper Simon Stead is keen to give home supporters a winner in the Premier League Riders’ Championship on Sunday.
Stead, who has made a hugely successful comeback from the broken leg he suffered last season, is making his return to an event which always provides plenty of drama.
He said: “The PLRC is obviously a massive meeting, so I’m really looking forward to it. Having missed out with injury last year it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden in it, so I can’t wait to be involved this year.
“It’s obviously great for me that it’s held at Owlerton, and it would be brilliant if I could come away with the win in front of the Sheffield fans. I know the track and I’ve been riding well so I’m confident I can do well, but anything can happen in those sorts of meetings.”
PLRC Admission Prices: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Juniors £5, Under-11s Free. Programme £4.

KING’S Lynn overcame the absence of Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre to go back to the top of the Elite League table with a 59-35 win over Lakeside.
Iversen’s season is over due to a serious knee ligament injury and his Danish colleague Bjerre was ruled out after suffering hip and shoulder damage in a crash during last weekend’s Nordic Grand Prix.
But the other home riders stepped up with Rory Schlein scoring 15, Nicklas Porsing 14+2 and Fast Track Reserve Lewis Kerr added a 12-point maximum, whilst guest Stuart Robson picked up 10 for the Hammers.
King’s Lynn are now three points ahead of Poole with one match remaining, and the outcome of the Pirates’ trip to Leicester on Wednesday will determine what, if anything, the Stars require at Belle Vue next Monday to finish top ahead of the play-offs.

POOLE can set the target for rivals King’s Lynn in the race for top spot in the Elite League – if they can win at Leicester on Wednesday.
Pirates promoter Matt Ford has called on former skipper Davey Watt to stand in for Darcy Ward at No.1, with Nick Morris and Dakota North guesting for their injured middle-order duo as the South Coast side chase their second away win in three days.
The home side, meanwhile, round off their first season in the top flight without the injured Krzysztof Buczkowski and the axed Mads Korneliussen.
Ford said: “We need to win and come home with four points and crossed fingers if we are to finish top and have choice of semi-final opponents in the play-offs.
“Davey has been a good rider for us, he's been a bit like a piece of Lucky Heather over the seasons so it would be good if some of that fortune could rub off tonight. If we can all get firing and ride with the same passion as we did at Coventry on Monday then we could quite possibly put the ball back in Lynn's court.”
Leicester boss Norrie Allan said: “Matches don’t come any harder than this one, and after two home reverses against Swindon and then King’s Lynn last week we owe our fans a win. Poole have chosen very good guests who know our track inside out so we will have to be at our very best.”
Meanwhile King’s Lynn host Stoke at the Norfolk Arena in the first leg of their National League Knockout Cup semi-final.


GENERAL NEWS - 18 September, 2014
Story by Gillman Media

Eight-times Australian Speedway Sidecar champion Darrin Treloar is a surprise entry for this year’s Gillman Speedway Classic Championships meeting to be held in Adelaide on Saturday night, 25 October.

Treloar, Australia’s most successful Sidecar competitor, will be riding the lowliner bike previously raced by his late father, Garry, who passed away in June.

“Dad and I always talked about how good it would be to restore his old bike and give it a run. He came to Gillman with me many times and I thought the annual Classic meeting at Gillman would be the perfect place to ride the bike.”

Treloar will ride in the combined Post Classic/Evolution class, one of three Sidecar classes on the programme. The other classes are the British/European/American class, and the Japanese class.

The Solos will also have three classes — the JAP/ESO class, the 2 Valve class and the Evolution (4 valve) class. The JAP/ESO class is for riders aged 45 or over (lowered from 50 last year); and the 2 Valve class is for riders aged over 30, or not a current rider.

Nominations are through the ‘on-line’ entry form on the Nomination page of the Gillman Speedway website, and will close on Monday, 13 October 2014. Riders are requested to put the engine type and capacity in the comments section of the entry form.

The Gillman Classic Championships meeting also pays tribute to a former speedway personality each year it is legendary Claremont Speedway promoter Con Migro. As in past years there will be a BBQ at the stadium on the Friday night (24 October) with Con and many of the interstate riders and supporters present. The BBQ is open to all speedway fans.


UK NEWS - 18 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

SHEFFIELD skipper Simon Stead is keen to give home supporters a winner in the Premier League Riders’ Championship on Sunday.
Stead, who has made a hugely successful comeback from the broken leg he suffered last season, is making his return to an event which always provides plenty of drama.
He said: “The PLRC is obviously a massive meeting, so I’m really looking forward to it. Having missed out with injury last year it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden in it, so I can’t wait to be involved this year.
“It’s obviously great for me that it’s held at Owlerton, and it would be brilliant if I could come away with the win in front of the Sheffield fans. I know the track and I’ve been riding well so I’m confident I can do well, but anything can happen in those sorts of meetings.”
PLRC Admission Prices: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Juniors £5, Under-11s Free. Programme £4.

KING’S Lynn overcame the absence of Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre to go back to the top of the Elite League table with a 59-35 win over Lakeside.
Iversen’s season is over due to a serious knee ligament injury and his Danish colleague Bjerre was ruled out after suffering hip and shoulder damage in a crash during last weekend’s Nordic Grand Prix.
But the other home riders stepped up with Rory Schlein scoring 15, Nicklas Porsing 14+2 and Fast Track Reserve Lewis Kerr added a 12-point maximum, whilst guest Stuart Robson picked up 10 for the Hammers.
King’s Lynn are now three points ahead of Poole with one match remaining, and the outcome of the Pirates’ trip to Leicester on Wednesday will determine what, if anything, the Stars require at Belle Vue next Monday to finish top ahead of the play-offs.

POOLE can set the target for rivals King’s Lynn in the race for top spot in the Elite League – if they can win at Leicester on Wednesday.
Pirates promoter Matt Ford has called on former skipper Davey Watt to stand in for Darcy Ward at No.1, with Nick Morris and Dakota North guesting for their injured middle-order duo as the South Coast side chase their second away win in three days.
The home side, meanwhile, round off their first season in the top flight without the injured Krzysztof Buczkowski and the axed Mads Korneliussen.
Ford said: “We need to win and come home with four points and crossed fingers if we are to finish top and have choice of semi-final opponents in the play-offs.
“Davey has been a good rider for us, he's been a bit like a piece of Lucky Heather over the seasons so it would be good if some of that fortune could rub off tonight. If we can all get firing and ride with the same passion as we did at Coventry on Monday then we could quite possibly put the ball back in Lynn's court.”
Leicester boss Norrie Allan said: “Matches don’t come any harder than this one, and after two home reverses against Swindon and then King’s Lynn last week we owe our fans a win. Poole have chosen very good guests who know our track inside out so we will have to be at our very best.”
Meanwhile King’s Lynn host Stoke at the Norfolk Arena in the first leg of their National League Knockout Cup semi-final.


SGP NEWS - 17 September, 2014
Story by SGP Media

World champion Tai Woffinden insists he never considered pulling out of Saturday’s Nordic FIM Speedway Grand Prix – despite failing to score in his opening two rides.

Woffinden was clearly in agony as he touched the tapes in his opening ride and crashed in his second.

Riding with subluxed metacarpal joints (knuckles) and a broken bone in his left hand, he recovered notch a useful seven-point score in a meeting won by Swede Andreas Jonsson.

And with series leader Greg Hancock missing out through injury himself – for the first time in the competition’s history – Woffinden halved the legend’s advantage to seven.

“The pain was worth it,” he said defiantly. "My first race was a disaster, I moved and touched the tapes so I can have no complaints about the decision to exclude me and in my second ride I just didn't have the strength in the first turn. I never thought about quitting the meeting, though, I had to go for it.

"And thankfully things came good for me and I was able to see out the meeting - although ideally I would have liked an extra point to get into the semi-finals!"

Having had time to reflect on the meeting back at his UK base, the Wolverhampton, Wroclaw and Vetlanda man admitted he was pleased to see his title hopes still alive with two rounds to go.

He said: "I'm delighted, to be honest. The pain was bad, I felt it a lot and it was all about managing the situation, but to pick up a race win in a GP three weeks after a serious injury is something I'm pretty proud of.

"I've got another fortnight before the next round in Stockholm and there are now four or five of us in with a serious chance of winning the world title – and I'm one of them.

"I'm going to keep working hard every day before Stockholm, hopefully another fortnight will see some improvement in the injury again and I can kick on.”

Woffinden has also had words of encouragement for SGP icon Hancock, who had raced in every Grand Prix until Saturday – right from the first in 1995.

He said: "I'm wishing Greg well, he's a great guy and I sincerely hope he's back in Stockholm so we can race for the World Championship. I'm thinking of ya, bro. Let's all get back on track and see who comes out with the gold medal. Bring it on."


GENERAL NEWS - 17 September, 2014
Story by Gillman Media

The second (and final) winter meeting was held at Gillman Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

The 70+ event programme started with the combined Post Classic/Evolution Sidecar class. Victorians Paul Donnelly/Jake Roberts were the stars of the Evolution class at the first meeting, going through the card unbeaten, but after the long trip over they had a disappointing start to this meeting when they were excluded from the first event for touching the tapes. Thereafter they were unbeaten, but Clinton Crabb/Jarred Edey, with the benefit of the extra ride, top score with 11c points from Donnelly/Roberts 9 and Mildura’s Dale Milner/Nick O’Brien 8.

Next up were the Classic Solos which were disappointing with only five entries, but there was still plenty of interest with a rare appearance by former British League rider Robert Ksiezak. As expected Ksiezak finished well ahead of his rivals and slowed down to an idle on the last lap of each race to avoid lapping some of those rivals, including 71-year-old Trevor Henderson who suffered a very rare fall in his last race but fortunately was not hurt.

After the “old boys” came the new kids on the block with teenagers Cooper Riordan and Mitchell Grech in the 250cc Under 16 Solo class. Grech didn’t quite reproduce the form he showed at the first meeting and 15-year-old Riordan had no trouble winning all four heats. With no pressure and a clear track his times were faster than the group two Solos which he’ll be a part of in the summer season after he turns 16 in October.

Seth Hickey was the star of the Group 2 Solos winning the first three heats before suffering his only loss to Luke Mitchell in the final heat when Mitchell produced his best ride of the day. Jake Mitchell and Luke Bacskai were second and third respectively in each of the first three heats. Bacskai has just stepped up from the junior speedway and was having his first senior meeting. He and follower newcomers Matthew Flay and Blake Ridley were programmed to race just against each other but Bacskai and Flay had to go into the higher group because Ridley is not yet 16. Ridley rode in some demonstration races with Declyn Adams.

The Group 1 Solos produced some exciting racing between Jack Fallon, Brodie Waters, Matt Day and Robert Medson for the minor placings behind Robert Branford who was an easy winner in the opening two heats before being beaten by Fallon in his third ride and not starting in his fourth. Waters, Day and Medson were deprived of a chance to chalk up a win in the final heat when the referee declared the race with no result after Fallon crashed, fortunately without injury, while leading.

As with the Post Classic/Evolution Sidecar class, the other Classic Sidecars, the British and Japanese classes were combined, and the former junior motocross star, later Rowley Park Sidecar passenger/rider, Steven Lewis was the top scoring with his best display yet since joining the classic ranks. Lewis/Sean Chapman finished with 10 points from three wins and a third place, with Clinton Crabb/Jarred Edey next best on 8, and Jim Irwin/Rick Schonfeldt, who had some gear-changing problems on 5 points which included a win over Crabb and Lewis in the third heat.

Placings were evenly spread in the Group 2 Sidecars. Ricky Fechner/Jesse Headland and Klae Hobbs/Jack Spear top scored with 10 points each, from two wins and two seconds, but Mal Greig/Scott Banyer (7 points) also scored two wins before bike trouble caused him to miss his last ride, and last meeting’s top scorers Dean Hobbs/Andy Westover started with 5 points from their first two rides before spinning infield in their other two rides.

The feature class of the day was the Group 1 Sidecars and this produce the biggest surprise of both winter meetings with Division 2 rider Tim Bichard/Dale Knights finishing as the well-deserved top point scorer with 11 out of a possible 12 points. Bichard was fast and smooth and earned his points on merit, beating Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone and Damien Niesche/Mitchell spear in his second and third rides after a first up loss to Mark Plaisted/Matt Morgan. Headland and Niesche tied for second place with 10 points. They dropped a point to each other as well as both being beaten by Bichard. After his first up win, Plaisted was beaten by Niesche, and then Headland, before sitting out his last ride to finish with 7 points.

The most eye-catching rider of the day was Mildura road-racing/enduro/dirt-track star Nicholas Waters in the Dirt Track/MX Solo class who might get a bill from speedway manager David Parker for his time to remove the tyre marks from the fence, as Waters picked up drive on every lap by letting his back wheel bit against the fence down the straights. He certainly had the crowd’s attention. Many of them, not knowing his enduro/dirt-track background, were sure he’d come to grief as he chased the dirt on the high line, but he had no trouble as he scootered away for an unbeaten 12 points. Broken Hill’s Logan Coombe continued his fine form from the previous meeting, winning his first two rides to make it seven unbeaten rides over the two meetings before going down to Waters in the last heat and then the all-in 8 lap feature race. Speedway rider Jake Mitchell (9) was third in the points, and in the feature race. Victoria’s Jake Roberts also stood out in the heats, only beaten by Waters and Coombe but he was unplaced in the feature race. The interest shown by the dirt-track riders in the two winter meetings has prompted Gillman to add a dirt-track meeting to the summer fixture list (14 March).

On the infield track the juniors produced their own excitement with Jack Norman proving too good for Brayden McGuinness and Oliver Hamilton in the Group 1 races; Liam May and Troy Kutcher equal top scoring in some closely contested Group 2 races; Seth Pascoe and Jack Sadler likewise equal top scoring with the own private battles in the Novice class; and Sadler’s little brother Harry and Tyler Battams catching the eye with some talented cornering in the Pee Wees.

The next track action at Gillman will be the regular monthly practice morning on Sunday, 5 October, followed by the annual Gillman Classic Championships meeting on Saturday night, 25 October. Amongst the riders likely to compete in this year’s meeting will be eight-times Australian Sidecar Champion Darrin Treloar, riding his late father Garry’s bike.


UK NEWS - 17 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

BSPA Vice-Chairman Jon Cook believes the re-staging of the Elite League Riders’ Championship will provide a perfect prelude to the play-offs.
King’s Lynn have stepped in to stage the showpiece event on Thursday September 25, after the planned season-opener was postponed back in March.
And with several riders from the clubs involved in the play-offs taking part in the meeting, plus others keen to make an impression as their seasons draw to a close, a night of fast and furious action is expected at the Norfolk Arena.
Home captain Rory Schlein will be going for a third title in four years, having emerged victorious at Swindon in both 2011 and 2013, and there are two riders in the line-up from each of the four play-off qualifying clubs – King’s Lynn, Poole, Coventry and Swindon.
Cook said: “The race track is one the riders very much like riding on, and it was a fitting week to put it between the end of the main league campaign and the beginning of the play-offs on September 29.
“King’s Lynn was the first choice when they made it known they’d like to stage the meeting.
“They’ve done a great job of staging the World Cup. I’m sure any of the promotions in the Elite League would have done a similarly great job, but King’s Lynn is our choice and I’m looking forward to the event.”
DRAW: 1. Bjarne Pedersen (Eastbourne), 2. Davey Watt (Lakeside), 3. Matej Zagar (Belle Vue), 4. Maciej Janowski (Poole), 5. Chris Harris (Coventry), 6. Vaclav Milik (Poole), 7. Richard Lawson (Lakeside), 8. Hans Andersen (Coventry), 9. Peter Kildemand (Swindon) 10. Scott Nicholls (Belle Vue), 11. Rory Schlein (King’s Lynn), 12. Tai Woffinden (Wolverhampton), 13. Jason Doyle (Leicester), 14. Danny King (Birmingham), 15. Troy Batchelor (Swindon), 16. Kenneth Bjerre (King’s Lynn).
RYE House have announced the line-up for the National League Riders’ Championship at Hoddesdon on Sunday September 28.
The field is subject to injury amendments but includes local interest in current Rockets reserve Oliver Greenwood, who will be representing Coventry, and club asset Ben Morley in the colours of Kent.
The event is sponsored once again by Paradise Wildlife Park in nearby Broxbourne. Paradise Park is operated by former rider Pete Sampson and is the home of the National Speedway Museum.
QUALIFYING RIDERS: Liam Carr (Buxton), Oliver Greenwood (Coventry), James Sarjeant (Coventry), Steve Worrall (Cradley), Paul Starke (Cradley), Tim Webster (Devon), Benji Compton (Kent), Ben Morley (Kent), Lewis Rose (King’s Lynn), Joe Jacobs (Mildenhall), Danny Halsey (Mildenhall), Sam Chapman (Scunthorpe), Jon Armstrong (Stoke), Ben Hopwood (Stoke), Max Clegg (Cradley,

BELLE VUE kept up their strong late-season run at home with two wins in one night over Eastbourne, adding five points to their total as a late Eagles fightback salvaged a point in the second meeting.
Unbeaten Aces skipper Scott Nicholls said: “Eastbourne seemed a lot stronger in the second leg than they did in the first, almost as if they'd discovered the key to the track. They were definitely more on the pace but nonetheless our boys performed well and we managed to get the two wins.
“Of course we didn't want that wooden spoon again, nobody does! We managed to get five of the six points on offer tonight and that means we've been able to pull ourselves further up the table and away from wooden spoon territory.”

COVENTRY qualified for the Elite League play-offs with a maximum six-point haul from a double-header against Eastbourne on Friday, before being brought down to earth at home to Poole three nights later.
Manager Gary Havelock said: “The track was very smooth and slick, and the Poole boys were just better out of the start than us, and our lads just couldn’t find a way past.
“That’s the way it is I guess, and it’s better to have a meeting like this now than have it in the play-offs. It could be worse, we could have needed to win this to get into the play-offs.”

EASTBOURNE’S play-off hopes were finally extinguished with double defeat at Coventry last Friday.
The Eagles, without injured skipper Cameron Woodward and also Mikkel Michelsen, were unable to score sufficient points in their busy run of six away matches at the end of the season, finally taking minor consolation with a point from a 43-47 defeat at Belle Vue on Monday in their final fixture.

LAKESIDE boss Neil Vatcher is philosophical after the Hammers finished the season short of the play-offs, despite taking five points from their two home matches against Poole in the space of five days.
Vatcher told Speedway Star: “Hopefully from the supporters’ point of view they will feel we ended on the right note, it was exciting stuff right up until the end and a draw with Poole is a good result regardless.
“We did our best during the season but our best proved not to be good enough.”

LEICESTER have axed skipper Mads Korneliussen with just one Elite League match remaining – after the club were unhappy he had ridden abroad but missed a Lions’ fixture following a crash.
Manager Norrie Allan said: “Mads had to miss his last ride after that fall (against Swindon) which was quite understandable and supported by the club. He then rode the next day for his Polish club, (but) dropped out of our fixture on Monday at Belle Vue which meant that I had to cover for his absence with a Premier League guest. I was alerted to the fact that he then rode in Sweden on Tuesday and Denmark on Wednesday.
“It is never easy to part company with a rider especially when it is your captain who you look to set an example to the rest of the team, but our good wishes go with Mads and I thank him for the part he has played at Leicester.”

KING’S LYNN skipper Rory Schlein admits the injury putting No.1 Niels-Kristian Iversen out for the rest of the season is a major blow to the club.
Schlein told Speedway Star: “Niels is one of the top riders in the world. You lose him and you lose that bit extra, especially away from home.
“He’s a key part of our team. You’re able to rely on him getting about a dozen points a meeting. We’ve just got to get as many points as we can until the end of the season and then we’ll see who Rob Lyon and Buster Chapman bring in for the play-offs as a guest.”

POOLE kept alive their hopes of finishing top of the Elite League table with an impressive 50-40 win at Coventry on Monday – despite being without three of their regular top five riders.
Promoter Matt Ford said: “I think Magic (Janowski) showed why he has that nickname. He was in awesome form and was only beaten by Kenneth Hansen all evening, but I was also equally impressed with the contributions of Dak North and Richard Lawson. Both began a little slowly but came up with some big points when it mattered.
“With Kyle (Newman) continuing his rich vein of form and Josh (Grajczonek) winning for fun after his opening third place this was a performance to be proud of.”

SWINDON have announced plans to end the season with the Bob Kilby Memorial meeting on Thursday October 23 – to be run as a team event on the traditional 13-heat format with a ‘rider of the night’ second half.
Co-promoter Alun Rossiter said: “The old 13-heat race format is still held in high regard by many supporters – remember the old saying, ‘Happiness is 40-38’!
“I’m sure we will see a good night of racing and a competitive battle for the rider of the night award afterwards. I’m looking forward to it.”

WOLVERHAMPTON stand-in skipper Peter Karlsson admits the clubs’ fortunes this season have mirrored his own.
Karlsson said: “I guess it hasn’t been Wolves’ year, and it hasn’t been my year in England either, that’s for sure.
“We have to just try and put in a good performance at Coventry in our last meeting to make sure we go into the winter on a high. Then we need to regroup and focus on trying to get back on track and back winning again next year.”

BERWICK are awaiting further news on Steen Jensen, who has been signed off for two weeks after suffering groin damage in a crash at Scunthorpe last week - despite racing on at Shielfield Park on Saturday.
Co-owner George Hepburn said: “Steen was trying to race on through the pain barrier, but all the while toxins were leaking into his system from the internal injuries, reflecting in what had been thought to be 'flu, or a similar virus.
“With the cause of his discomfort now realised and medical procedures taken to restore him to fitness, we have to hope he can make a recovery every bit as speedy as his form on track.”

EDINBURGH confirmed top spot in the Premier League ahead of the play-offs with a maximum 13-point haul in a hectic weekend schedule of four matches in three days, ending with an emphatic away win at Scottish rivals Glasgow.
Monarchs boss Alex Harkess said: “I felt we had it under control after four races. We had so many potential race winners. I'm pleased the weekend is over - 60 races in three days is not to be repeated.”

GLASGOW boss Stewart Dickson had no complaints after seeing the Tigers beaten at home by Edinburgh with the weekend results finally extinguishing their outside play-off hopes.
Dickson said: “I had one or two of my riders saying it was a wee bit slicker than normal which I don't disagree with - but I don't know if it would have made much difference.
“They were just leaving us for dead out the start and when they didn't, they seemed to go by us as well. There were a couple of battling performances from our guys but unfortunately it wasn't good enough - end of story.”

IPSWICH are on the verge of a place in the Premier League KO Cup Final after a thumping 65-25 home win over Plymouth in the first leg of their semi last week.
Witches boss Brian Messenger said: “What can I say, they were all superb and this should be more than enough to see us through over two legs. We only lost by twelve down there last week and that was without Gino (Manzares) and both our reserves having an off night.”

NEWCASTLE have turned their attention to the Knockout Cup after missing out on the Premier League play-offs, and a Ludvig Lindgren paid maximum helped the Diamonds build up a 16-point lead to take to Glasgow for the second leg of their quarter-final.
Manager George English said: “That was a hard-fought match and the lads rose so well to the occasion in the latter half of the meeting to give us a fighting chance to make that semi-final with Edinburgh, although we're going to try and win up at Glasgow too and take the rest as it comes.”

PETERBOROUGH finished agonisingly short of a Premier League play-off place after wrapping up their campaign with a 49-40 win over Rye House at the Showground.
Manager Carl Johnson said: “We had guys missing, but Ulrich (Ostergaard) was again terrific and the two guests both came in and did very good jobs. It was important to put in a good performance and get the right result for the supporters.”

PLYMOUTH will still be without injured No.1 Ben Barker for their final two matches of the regular Premier League campaign as they take on Sheffield home and away this week.
Manager Lee Trigger said: “Once it became clear that we could not achieve a top six finish to qualify for the play-offs, we remained determined to finish as high as possible in the table. Our run of eight successive home victories has kept us on course for that target and we will be looking to round off our league campaign on a successful note against Sheffield.”

REDCAR completed their team season with a 37-59 defeat at Edinburgh on Friday, meaning the Bears could drop out of the top ten in the final table depending on results elsewhere, whilst the season draws to a close with the staging of the Teesside Silver Helmet on Thursday.

RYE HOUSE No.1 Edward Kennett picked up the club’s Rider of the Year award as the team racing season at Hoddesdon came to an end last weekend.
Kennett said: “First of all, I think back to the beginning of March when we went to Peterborough and got a win, and I was like, ‘Wow, we’ve got a team’, but it came apart from there. We all give 110 per cent, and it’s just that sometimes it doesn’t work out. I would love to come back to Rye House next year if Len (Silver) has me back.”

SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey is optimistic of his side’s chances of success in the Premier League play-offs, with the Scorpions pitched in with Somerset and Ipswich in their group.
Godfrey sad: “All three teams start equal in our play-off group, and any of the three teams could progress. I’ve had the belief all season that this team is capable of producing when it matters most. I believe we can do it, and I think that belief is spreading.  We want to be in the final, and we want to win that final.”

SHEFFIELD co-promoter Damien Bates is hoping Tigers skipper Simon Stead can make it a double individual success for the club in the Premier League Riders’ Championship on Sunday – following the British Under-21 win for Josh Bates back in April.
He said: “It would be wonderful if Steady could win the PLRC and make it a double for Sheffield. He’s been in brilliant form around Owlerton. We’ve had Sean Wilson, Andre Compton and Ricky Ashworth winning the meeting as Sheffield riders in the past – and nothing would please us more if Steady could add his name to that list.”

SOMERSET promoter Debbie Hancock says her side have achieved the initial target set for the season, of reaching the play-offs – but now they want to go one step further and retain the league title.
She said: “It would be quite something if we do qualify through to the Grand Final as it would mean that we will have been in the Final in each of the three seasons that the current format of the play-offs have been in existence, which is not bad going for a little 'country club' like ours!”

WORKINGTON maintained their record of reaching every Premier League play-off competition so far but left it very late to book their place in this year’s contest. The Comets took four points from their two home matches with Sheffield at Derwent Park in their last two fixtures before the cut-off date – bringing to an end an incredible ‘thirteen matches in sixteen days’ spell for the Comets.
Afterwards, a relieved team manager Tony Jackson said: “Before these matches got underway we knew that four points from them would do it, but in the end it was a bit too close for comfort; although, at the end of the day no-one remembers how you got there, just that you were in them.
“Each of the two matches went to the very last race and one race point less in either fixture would have put us in trouble. Having won the first match by seven points we knew that a draw would be enough in the second match to reach the play-offs. Going into the last race we just needed a finisher to get that and I told our riders to run round if they had to as long as one of them finished!”


UK NEWS - 15 September, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

WORKINGTON booked their place in the Premier League play-offs at the last gasp by taking four points from their two home matches with Sheffield at Derwent Park last night.
The Comets defeated the Tigers 50-43 in the first clash before the visitors fought back to claim a 45-45 draw later in the evening.
Afterwards, a relieved Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “For each match to go right to the wire was a bit too close for comfort – as we won by exactly enough to collect three match points from the first match and then claimed a draw to get our fourth match point in the second. But, at the end of the day, no-one remembers how you booked your spot; just that you were in them!
“We have had a tough run in to this position; having ridden thirteen league matches in the past sixteen days, and I think the tiredness of both man and machine caught up with us tonight but thankfully we were able to limp over the line as it were!
“However, after a few days rest we will be able to get on with the play-offs, which we are obviously delighted to reach yet again.”
As the Comets celebrated, there was heartbreak for Newcastle who lost skipper Stuart Robson in a first-ride crash at Edinburgh – yet still only went down to a 41-48 defeat against the team now level on points at the top of the table.
Monarchs boss Alex Harkess admitted his side had been fortunate to maintain their perfect home record as the five-man Diamonds put up a terrific battle, only to end up two points short of Workington in the table ahead of the cut-off.
Harkess said: “It was a very disappointing night and you have to say we were very lucky to win. There was no shale on our track after the double header last night (Friday) and while that was a good night, tonight was our worst meeting of the season.
“Everyone was making mistakes, our riders just as much as theirs, and our top two just could not get out of the start. The one exception was Max (Fricke) who was tremendous, and Justin (Sedgmen) also when he made the gate was as quick as anybody.”
Newcastle manager George English said: “We lost Robbo after his first 50 yards of racing tonight due to his crash and we can only sit back and wonder what might have been had the skipper taken all his rides.
“But looking at the positives, one vital man down, we put in a stunning performance with only five men including a guest at reserve, but they all had inspired moments and we raced well, and yes we really did deserve a point at least.”
Rye House enjoyed one of their best nights of the season with a 59-35 win over play-off qualifiers Scunthorpe at Hoddesdon, headed by a 16-point haul from Edward Kennett.
Rockets promoter Len Silver said: “You have to think: why not every weekend? But that is what Speedway is; it’s unpredictable. But they have ridden their hearts out.”
The Scorpions, meanwhile, have a concern over captain Ashley Birks who fell in his third ride and withdrew with a wrist injury.
Scunthorpe boss Dave Peet said: “Our main concern is Ashley. His wrist has swollen up and he’ll be off to hospital to have an X-ray on it.
“Rider replacement was never going to adequately cover David Howe, and when Ash crashed out as well, we just couldn’t cover it. We also then lost any chance to play it tactically, we just had to put out Tom Perry where we could.”

EDINBURGH require a point at Glasgow on Sunday to overhaul Somerset and take over top spot in the Premier League table ahead of the play-offs.
The Monarchs took maximum points from their busy home schedule earlier in the weekend and now need to remain within six points on the day at Ashfield to secure themselves first choice of opponents in the next stage.
Glasgow’s own chances evaporated with their heavy defeat at Armadale on Friday, but captain Theo Pijper says the Tigers are keen to get the bragging rights back on their home circuit.
Pijper said: “Sunday is probably our best chance to beat Edinburgh this year. It's going to be a hard meeting but we will see how it goes. We just need to hit them from the start.”
Meanwhile Peterborough wrap up their regular league campaign with the visit of Rye House to the Showground.
The Panthers have missed out on the top six and bring in Todd Kurtz as a guest following the recent departures of Richard Hall and Ales Dryml, whilst Simon Lambert comes in for the Rockets.
Peterborough boss Carl Johnson said: “It hasn't panned out the way we would have hoped, but we need to finish the league fixtures with the right performance and result.
“We have a League Cup final to look forward to and we all remain determined to pick up silverware this season. But first and foremost it is about putting a good show for our supporters today.”
Rye House manager John Sampford said: “We’ll go there with an open mind to get the best possible result. We have enjoyed a great record against Peterborough so far this year, with four wins in four matches, but it won’t be about that on Sunday. We will approach it like we do every other match, and treat it on its own merits by focusing on the result on the day.”
The Panthers v Rockets clash is followed by the inaugural staging of the British 150cc Final with several top youngsters on show.
PREMIER League leaders Edinburgh have picked Berwick and Workington in their play-off group as they look to reach the Grand Final.
The Monarchs, who secured top spot and therefore choice of opponents over the weekend, will now set about confirming their fixtures with teams riding each other home and away.
The other group sees reigning champions Somerset up against Ipswich and Scunthorpe with dates expected to be confirmed within the next 24 hours.
British Speedway chairman and Edinburgh co-promoter Alex Harkess said: “This is an exciting time of the year for those clubs competing and with my Edinburgh hat on I will say we are taking absolutely nothing for granted.
“The play-offs are here and also this Sunday we have the Premier League Riders' Championship at Sheffield, the big individual event for the league. Good look to all competing teams and riders in both the play-offs and PLRC and let's hope for some entertaining speedway.”

KENT stage the British Under-19 Championship at Central Park on Monday as several of the UK’s top rising stars battle for a major national title.
With Stefan Nielsen, the winner in each of the last two seasons, now ineligible there will be a new name on the trophy and Josh Bates will be going for a double, having won the British Under-21 title earlier in the season.
GB Youth co-boss Neil Vatcher said: “This event over the years has seen some real stars in the making being crowned British Champion.
“Whoever goes away tonight with the top prize, you can be guaranteed they will have a big say in the success of British Speedway for many years to come.
“We would like to go on record to sincerely thank Roger Cearns and Len Silver for agreeing to host this British Final at Kent – and we could not have wished to hold it at a better venue.”
Meeting sponsorship comes from the Nuneaton Speedway Supporters’ Club, and the trophies are provided by Kent Speedway partners Buckmore Park Karting.

EDINBURGH’S emphatic 54-36 away win at Glasgow on Sunday secured the Monarchs top position in the Premier League table ahead of the play-offs.
Craig Cook scored a paid maximum from five rides at Ashfield to spearhead his side’s victory over their Scottish rivals, completing a hectic weekend where they gained 13 league points in 48 hours.
Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “I felt we had it under control after four races. We had so many potential race winners. I'm pleased the weekend is over - 60 races in three days is not to be repeated!”
Glasgow manager Stewart Dickson said: “It's disappointing. Edinburgh were just too strong for us in every department. I didn't get the track just as grippy as I wanted but I think that's just papering over the cracks.”
Peterborough signed off their Premier League season with a 49-40 win over Rye House, recovering from a seven-point deficit at the halfway stage of the meeting.
Both captains were in fine form at the Showground with the Panthers’ Ulrich Ostergaard and the Rockets’ Edward Kennett scoring 15 apiece from six rides, and the home side also benefited from a fine guest performance from Todd Kurtz with 13+1 as they finished just one point short of the play-offs.
Panthers boss Carl Johnson said: “I let the riders know that nothing less than three points would do – and we dug deep to get them. Rye House started the meeting well, but I didn’t expect them to keep it up. We are a strong team in the second half of meetings and that showed.
“We had guys missing, but Ulrich was again terrific and the two guests both came in and did very good jobs. It was important to put in a good performance and get the right result for the supporters.”
Rye House manager John Sampford said: “We fell away a bit in the second half of the meeting. Peterborough had some big hitters in Todd Kurtz, Adam Roynon and – particularly – Ulrich Ostergaard, who is something else around this circuit.
“It also came down to trapping in the closing stages. Despite all the dirt on the track, it was very slick unless you were prepared to ride right out by the fence, which the home riders are more used to on a big, pacey circuit like this.”

TWO of the Elite League’s top three meet on Monday, just a fortnight before the play-offs begin, as Coventry host Poole at Brandon.
Both sides have already booked their places in the title shootout but the finishing order in the table is still to be confirmed, with the battle on with King’s Lynn to secure top place and choice of opponents in the semi-finals.
Coventry, who have reduced admission prices to £10 for the meeting, bring in Max Fricke to replace the injured Ben Barker, whilst the Pirates have recruited Dakota North and Richard Lawson due to middle-order problems and are set to use rider-replacement for Darcy Ward.
Bees boss Gary Havelock said: “Now that we’re safe in the play-offs, we can approach Monday’s meeting almost like a one-off Final and see what we can do against Poole.
“They’re not at full strength especially with Darcy out, and that’s a massive miss for them. I don’t see any reason why we can’t beat them, and if the boys carry on performing like they have been then we’ll certainly be there or thereabouts.”
Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “Going to Coventry is no easy task as they are scoring for fun at home especially lately.
“We need points even to protect our current second place as we could actually be looking at finishing third if we don't gain some points this week with Coventry still able to catch us. You could describe Monday's meeting as a double pointer.”
Belle Vue stage a double-header against Eastbourne, with the Aces knowing a strong finish to the season at home could see them move up from their current eighth place – whilst for the Eagles it is their final action of the season after their play-off hopes were ended last Friday.
Belle Vue captain Scott Nicholls said: “We've had a respectable run of results at home this year, but even so we're all about redeeming ourselves and riding for pride in our last few meetings, and we're absolutely determined to win them all.
“Eastbourne have been struggling with injuries recently, but we can't afford to be complacent because the minute you start to underestimate people is when things go wrong.”
In the Premier League KO Cup, Newcastle host Glasgow in a first-leg tie at Brough Park looking to build up a lead to take to Ashfield on September 28.
Glasgow boss Stewart Dickson said: “We can't go down there the same way we went to Newcastle the last time because the meeting was over after six or seven races. It'll be tough but I think we'll certainly do better than what we did the last time.”

TOM Brennan won the inaugural British 150cc Championship at Peterborough on Sunday.
Brennan was unbeaten from his four qualifying rides and then took the flag in the Final to become the first overall winner in the newest category in the British Youth series.
Kai Hubbard and Kean Dicken enjoyed a splendid scrap for second place in the Final, eventually taken by Hubbard, with Jason Edwards finishing fourth.


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