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(SPEEDWAY 1)FORMER World Champion Jason Crump proved to be the class of the field in Sheffield's season-opening Ozchem Classic.The Australian powered to a maximum in the team event and then won the Rider of the Night second-half as the sport paid tribute to Darren and Sharon Boocock.Crump said: "Darren and Sharon loved their speedway, and I think we did them justice. It's been a special night."(SPEEDWAY 2)RYE House made a flying start to the season by beating Birmingham in the first competitive team fixture of 2009.The Rockets won the Premier Trophy encounter 57-39 with youngster Robert Mear scoring an impressive paid-12 to head a solid all-round display.Mear said: "I did pretty well myself and it's not a bad way to start. The key thing is that as a team we got our first win."(FIXTURES)MONDAY MARCH 16CHALLENGE: Wolverhampton v Coventry 7.30WEDNESDAY MARCH 18BJARNE PEDERSEN TESTIMONIAL: Poole v Newcastle 7.30 ALAN HUNT MEMORIAL TROPHY: Birmingham 7.30THURSDAY MARCH 19CHALLENGE: Ipswich v Lakeside 7.30, Peterborough v Danish Select 7.30, Swindon v Lejonen 7.30FRIDAY MARCH 20CHALLENGE: Coventry v Wolverhampton 8pm, Lakeside v Ipswich 8pm, Scunthorpe v Sheffield 7.30 TOM P MADSEN TESTIMONIAL: King's Lynn 7pm

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