SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

BERWICK'S Nick Morris won the Championship Riders' title at Glasgow despite a horror crash.
The Australian survived a horrendous semi-final pile-up with home star Richard Lawson to win a thrilling final at Ashfield last night.
The former Glasgow hero made a dream start in the decider to outpace former Grand Prix winner Chris Harris and another home rider Richie Worrall.
Morris admitted: "I feel pretty second-hand. It was a big crash in the semi and I got banged up.
"I also wrote my bike off and gave my inner thigh a big whack. So to get through the semi and then win the final is just great.
"I needed a big start and the second bike worked great for me. I'm stoked because I've had a great season winning the league title with Swindon and now this.
"I'm also delighted to win a trophy for the Berwick fans and promotion, they deserve this for all their hard work."
Glasgow's Richie Worrall was impressive with an unbeaten 15 points in the qualifying heats but had no answer to Morris and Harris in the final.

SGB CHAMPIONSHIP RIDERS INDIVIDUAL, Glasgow
QUALIFYING SCORES: Richie Worrall 15, Chris Harris 12, Stuart Robson 12, Richard Lawson 11, Nick Morris 10, Ricky Wells 9, Paul Starke 9, Steve Worrall 8, Jack Holder 8, Aaron Summers 7, Danny King 6, Josh Auty 4, Michael Palm Toft 4, Sam Masters 3, Jan Graversen 2, Ryan MacDonald 0, Kevin Whelan (Reserve) 0.
SEMI-FINAL: Lawson, Morris, Robson, Wells.
FINAL: Morris, Harris, R.Worrall, Lawson.


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EASTBOURNE built up a 12-point lead from a curtailed first leg of the National League Grand Final at Arlington on Saturday.
The Eagles will head to Belle Vue for Wednesday’s decider with a 45-33 advantage, but were unable to complete the full 15 heats at home with fog causing a halt to be called two races early.
Georgie Wood and Jake Knight both notched 10-point scores for the Colts whilst Dan Bewley collected 11 for the Colts.
But the visitors suffered a blow with reserve Andy Mellish crashing in Heat 2, and a badly broken right foot now appears to have ended his season.
Eastbourne chairman Martin Dugard said: “I think we were in for the big run towards the end of the meeting. I was disappointed we could not run one more heat but that’s the way it went. Over 13 heats, I think we did well to hold them back as far as we did.
“It will be a different story when we go there. If it was over 13 heats each end I would be quite happy but going to 15 heats at their place is going to make it quite difficult.
“I was pleased with the way everybody rode. They all dug deep. Belle Vue are a good outfit, they finished top of the league.”
Colts co-boss Graham Goodwin said: “It was quite a brilliant result considering the circumstances. We expected a tough night at Arlington and that’s what we got.
“It’s just a shame about Andy. We’ve had it confirmed that he’s broken at least one of his toes and five of his metatarsals.
“Overall however, we’re more than happy to only have 12 points to make up come the home leg on Wednesday, though ideally we wanted to finish the meeting and reduce that a little more.”

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NEWCASTLE have been boosted by the availability of No.1 Robert Lambert for their SGB Championship clash with title-winners Sheffield tonight (Sunday).
Lambert takes his place in a Diamonds side which returns to full-strength after he was ruled out last weekend, whilst Scott Nicholls continues his guest duties for the Tigers in place of the injured Josh Grajczonek.
Newcastle manager George English said: “We're back to show the League winners that they are a team we can beat.
“Robert had been signed off for two weeks but his injury healed far quicker than anyone could have hoped for and he's back to take his number one jacket – which to be fair is a very welcome surprise.
“Sheffield won the title just a few days ago, so we have a lot of pride to win after a disappointing season by putting one over the champions and give our supporters something good to cheer, so the lads will be ready for the challenge, no doubt about that.”

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PETERBOROUGH owner Ged Rathbone has issued a rallying cry on the morning of the club’s 'massive' SGB Championship KO Cup semi-final showdown.
The Panthers chief is calling on supporters past, present and future to descend on the East of England Arena for a mouth-watering first leg battle against holders Glasgow today (Sunday).
Rathbone said: “I want to hear as much noise and see as much colour as possible. We need to create the sort of atmosphere that a meeting of this stature deserves.
“The boys have been in terrific form lately and hopefully the people of Peterborough and beyond will turn out in force to get behind them.
“I'm calling on past fans who maybe don't come along to speedway anymore, I'm calling on our army of current fans, and I'm calling on any newcomers to get themselves down to the East of England Arena.
“It has the makings of a cracking semi-final. Glasgow will be desperate to retain the trophy and we want an honours double after winning the Fours. I'm confident the riders will rise to the occasion and I'm sure the supporters will too!”
Peterborough operate rider-replacement for Bradley Wilson-Dean, who has been out with illness, whilst Jack Parkinson-Blackburn steps in at reserve for shoulder injury victim Tom Bacon.
Glasgow have James Sarjeant guesting for Tom Perry at reserve with rider-replacement continuing in the main body of the side for Nike Lunna.

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BUXTON face a vital home clash with Plymouth today (Sunday) in their bid to avoid the National League wooden spoon.
The Hitmen are involved in a three-way scrap with Stoke and the Isle of Wight, and race their final match of the season at Hi-Edge against the Devils, where a win would lift them above both of their rivals.
Sam Woolley and James Hitchen appear at reserve for the hosts, whilst Plymouth call in Ben Morley and Ben Wilson as guests, with their three heat-leaders on the sidelines at present. James Chattin and Jason Edwards stand in at reserve.
Buxton boss Jason Pipe said: “I can see points being picked up by both Sam and James for us. They have both ridden against these riders at some point of the last year or two and they both know what they are all about.
“This is a must-win meeting for the Hitmen if we want to have a chance of finishing off the bottom of that league table again.
“A win puts the pressure back on to Stoke and the Isle of Wight, but more so on the Warriors with them having two away meetings left - and also, they would then need to take three points from these meetings because we have a much better race points difference.”
Meanwhile Milldenhall host Belle Vue at West Row in what has become the first leg of their National League KO Cup semi-final.
Anders Rowe, Alex Spooner and Drew Kemp step in for the injury-hit Fen Tigers, who do have Connor Mountain available at No.1 – whilst the Colts make changes in their upper order.
Dan Bewley and Jack Smith are on Championship duty for Glasgow at Peterborough, so Mitchell Davey and Connor Coles make guest appearances, and Lewis Whitmore stands in for the injured Andy Mellish.
Mildenhall promoter Kevin Jolly said: “We will have Connor with us on Sunday and Anders Rowe again after his excellent performance in the National Trophy Final, and it should be another exciting afternoon at West Row for our supporters.”
Belle Vue co-boss Graham Goodwin said: “It’s far from ideal. At this stage of the season, it’s critical for us to put in strong performances but I think realistically we have to look at this as a meeting we need to keep as close as possible.
“Speedway is full of setbacks but we’ve been very lucky with our guests this year and though Mildenhall are strong at home, I have faith in the team we have to pull off the result we need.”

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THE British 125cc Final will now be held at the National Speedway Stadium on Friday, October 20.
The showcase meeting will take place immediately after the Belle Vue Colts’ clash against Mildenhall.
The one-off event will consist of eight riders who have competed in support races of the British Youth Championship
There is set to be fierce competition from the crown, with Harry and Sam McGurk leading the charge having won three rounds each in the seven rounds this year.
Corban Pavitt also won a round earlier this year, whilst the likes of Luke Harrison, Archie Freeman and Elliot Kelly have all had promising moments.
Young Lions Management would like to thank the Belle Vue promotion for agreeing to host this event.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 15:
SGB CHAMPIONSHIP: Newcastle v Sheffield 6.30
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP S/F 1st leg: Peterborough v Glasgow 5pm
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Plymouth 3pm
NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 1st leg: Mildenhall v Belle Vue 3pm

MONDAY OCTOBER 16:
PREMIERSHIP KO CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Belle Vue v Wolverhampton 7.30
PROMOTION/RELEGATION RACE-OFF 2nd leg: Leicester v Sheffield 7.30
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cradley v Eastbourne 7.30

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17:
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Glasgow v Peterborough 7.30

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18:
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Belle Vue v Eastbourne 7.30

Results Saturday October 14, 2017;

NATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL, 1st leg

Eastbourne 45 (Georgie Wood 10, Jake Knight 10)
Belle Vue 33 (Dan Bewley 11)
Abandoned after 13 heats due to fog – Result STANDS