British Speedway Weekly Bulletin

BIG EVENT LATEST...BRITISH Speedway bosses are currently working on plans for the re-staging of the Premier League Fours Final.The showpiece event at Leicester was abandoned on August 7 just after the semi-finals had been completed, with heavy rain making it impossible to run the Final.Leicester, Somerset, Ipswich and Workington had qualified, and all have stated their intentions to take their places in the re-arranged meeting, which will take place over an expanded 16-heat programme.Discussions are taking place regarding re-staging arrangements, with Leicester having provided dates on which they would be able to host the event.SpeedwayGB Events Co-ordinator David Hoggart said: “We understand everyone’s disappointment that the meeting had to be abandoned, and the intention is to re-stage the Final over 16 heats rather than the usual 12 which were due on the day.”We would urge fans to retain their re-admission tickets ahead of the re-staging, although the number of races last Sunday for which they would normally be valid had already been exceeded. “We would like to make a gesture of goodwill to supporters and we will announce the pricing structure, and the arrangements for supporters with re-admission tickets, as soon as it has been ratified. “The Fours is now effectively being run over 32 races, albeit taking into account that it covers two meetings, and we would hope to offer supporters a package which compares favourably with watching two regular Premier League fixtures.”Leicester were the favourites at the time of the abandonment, having dominated their qualifying group by scoring 21 of the 24 points available, with Kauko Nieminen and Magnus Karlsson both unbeaten.Nieminen said: “It was a bit of a disappointment, but what can we do about the weather? It was out of our hands. We started off well and we were all up for it.“I don’t think anyone rated us to win the meeting, and I’ve always said it’s better to go in as underdogs. Maybe we’ll have a bit of pressure now, but hopefully we’ll prove that we can handle it.”*JOE Haines has been named as a Wild Card for the second round of the World Under-21 Final.Haines, who has recently joined Premier League club Newcastle, and won the British Under-21 title last year before suffering serious injuries in Australia, will line up at Holsted, Denmark on August 28.SUPER7EVEN SERIES SPEEDWAY GB EVENTSBRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL: TAI WOFFINDENELITE LEAGUE PAIRS: POOLEBRITISH FINAL: SCOTT NICHOLLSPREMIER LEAGUE PAIRS: GLASGOWPREMIER LEAGUE FOURS: Date TBCPREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield, September 25ELITE LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP: Swindon, October 15ELITE LEAGUE LATEST…BELLE VUE boss Jim Lynch says planning is already underway for the Aces’ 2012 team as their play-off hopes for this season have receded due to some patchy home form.Lynch said: “Our home record hasn’t been what we wanted, even though we have been in contention for the top four for 80 per cent of the season. I don’t think we are too far away from being a good side but we must look at developing a team who can have a fortress mentality at home next year.“But first we are very determined to have a real go for the Knockout Cup this season so we need to have the whole team firing on all cylinders.”BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury says the Brummies have been left wishing there was plenty more of the Elite League fixture list to come, after hitting form in recent weeks with a string of home wins.Drury said: “In many ways I just wish we could have the season starting again now because we have shown a lot of improvement over the last couple of weeks.“We have enjoyed this season as a club and I personally have enjoyed it as well. I think most people agree Birmingham are good for the Elite League and the standard of entertainment this season has been of the highest order.”COVENTRY co-boss Alun Rossiter is hoping Polish youngster Piotr Pawlicki can make an instant impact at Brandon when he makes his first appearance on Friday – following in the footsteps of his brother Przemyslaw who joined the club last season.Rossiter said: “Piotr looked really good when we saw him practicing on our track last year, although obviously then it was far too early to consider bringing him over to race for us.“He’s had a lot of other commitments this year but we’ve kept an eye on his progress and we’re pleased to be able to sign him now. I think it might benefit his brother as well, and it will be great to see both of them racing for us.EASTBOURNE skipper Cameron Woodward has praised Finnish rider Timo Lahti for his recent improvement in form having come under pressure for his team place.Woodward said: “Timo is riding really well now. He is proving to everyone he deserves a job.“He has taken leaps and bounds and is looking the rider a few people knew he was. I never knew the boy at all and his first few meetings were hard, but he is now well and truly proving his team spot.”KING’S LYNN co-promoter Jonathan Chapman has admitted the decision to replace club stalwart Tomas Topinka was a “horrible” one to make.Topinka has lost his doubling-up place to fellow Stars asset Kozza Smith, and Chapman told “It is horrible for us to have to make this decision, and for Tomas as well because he is a rider who has been so consistent for the last 15 years of his career. We thought he would be a trump card for us in the Elite League but the Coventry meeting proved to be the wrong call. We learn and we move forward.“It’s great to have Kozza on board, he’s a young, enthusiastic rider who has had a great season so far. We hope he is going to play a vital part of the team gaining a place in the play-offs.”LAKESIDE boss Jon Cook is working on making necessary changes to the Hammers team with Piotr Swiderski (broken leg) now added to an injury list which already includes Adam Shields and Stuart Robson.Cook said: “The Polish Play Offs are in full swing at the moment and the riders we are looking at are involved in them, so for this week it’s unrealistic to expect them to move equipment and travel here.“But even in the few hours on Sunday evening following Piotr's crash we have made some progress and we would hope to have at least one, if not two new riders, in place for our home match against Birmingham on 26th August.”PETERBOROUGH star Krzysztof Buczkowski blasted back to top form with a paid maximum in the Panthers’ 63-27 demolition of Swindon which assists their chances of staging a run to the top four.Buczkowski said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to finally get a maximum in England. I have come close before, but this is the first time I have managed it and I’m very happy.“I felt good on the track, and it showed. Now I hope to get some more and keep helping the team.”POOLE promoter Matt Ford says the potential absence of in-form reserve Jason Doyle, who has aggravated a shoulder injury, is a major concern for his side.Ford said: “I was gutted to hear that Doyley crashed in the last race of the night in Poland as he has been in such good form for us of late, enjoying his spell back at reserve. “It's the sort of luck you could do without and if, as I fear, he won't be able to take his place on Wednesday then it simply means we will need the whole team firing, and that hasn't been the case lately."SWINDON boss Jan Staechmann pulled no punches after the Robins’ 27-63 hammering at Peterborough on Monday, describing the performance as “embarrassing.”Staechmann said: “I am honestly lost for words after seeing that performance. It was embarrassing. Everyone battled but it was one of those nights when it just wasn’t happening for us.“But now it’s a case of onwards and upwards and we have to try and forget about this as quickly as possible.”WOLVERHAMPTON boss Peter Adams was pleased to reflect on a win from another dramatic last-heat decider at Monmore Green, this time against King’s Lynn.Adams said: “It was a thrilling finish and it was nice to see Woffy (Tai Woffinden) back to something like his best. I must also pay tribute to Davey Watt, our guest for the injured Freddie Lindgren, who did a great job for us and would have scored more but for a puncture in his first race.“We could and should have got all three points but we have had to settle for two because we threw some points away. It's a relief to win on the night and that seems to be a common theme at Monmore Green these days, last-heat deciders are the norm.”PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST…BERWICK manager Ian Rae had no complaints after his side went down to a 10-point defeat at home to Ipswich last Saturday.Rae said: “We were left lacking in the gating stakes tonight and with a classy team like Ipswich, we could barely afford to be slow from the traps and I have to congratulate Ipswich on a very fine win indeed.”EDINBURGH boss Alex Harkess has played down rumours of Craig Cook moving to Belle Vue in a permanent deal following his impressive form when doubling-up in the Elite League this year.Harkess said: “Belle Vue could make an offer but it may not be within our valuation, but at the moment there is nothing on the table. The discussion centred on Craig doubling-up with Belle Vue again next season, and my reaction was it’s up to the rider himself to decide. It’s also too early to talk about such arrangements because no-one knows what the rules will be on doubling-up in 2012.”GLASGOW co-promoter Stewart Dickson says Richard Sweetman’s return to form in Sunday’s home win over his old club Leicester comes at a vital time as he races at his former track this Saturday with the Tigers then facing a crunch clash with title rivals Workington.Dickson said: “It was doubly pleasing to see Richard go so well as he needs a few good meetings to get his confidence back to the levels we know he is capable of so this was definitely one for him to cherish. Now all our focuses go on next weekend where there is so much to race for.”IPSWICH gained a welcome boost with a 50-40 away win at Berwick on Saturday, their impressive display highlighted by the fact that they provided ten of the fifteen heat wins at Shielfield Park.Manager Pete Simmons said: “This goes to show what we can achieve with all the riders performing as they can, something which we haven’t seen enough of this year. I am thrilled with this performance.”LEICESTER manager Jason Attwood says he has emphasised to his side the need to start meetings well after they were beaten at home by Scunthorpe last Saturday.Attwood said: “It’s a shame that we always seem to be playing catch-up and trying to pull things back. We are missing that killer instinct and we did have a chat about that after the meeting.”NEWCASTLE co-promoter Darryl Illingworth was pleased to see his injury-hit side overcame Ipswich at home on Sunday, especially as the Witches were coming off the back of a fine away win the previous evening.Illingworth said: “A lot of people thought we were in for a home defeat after seeing what Ipswich did at Berwick the night before. But we never allowed them to settle and were as quick as they were out of the starting gate. The team spirit was fantastic.”NEWPORT scorched to a record-breaking home win over Plymouth at Queensway Meadows on Saturday.Their 68-22 victory beats the 64-26 result they achieved against Trelawny in Septeber 2001, and Danish star Charlie Gjedde clocked the third-ever fastest winning time at the venue.PLYMOUTH boss Mike Bowden admitted his side were “outclassed” in their 22-68 defeat at Newport on Saturday.Bowden said: “Of course it was disappointing, but they outclassed us, simple as that. They were the better team on the night on their own track and deservedly won, so no complaints from us at all. Newport have a very strong line-up, and even allowing for our injuries we couldn’t compete.”REDCAR are waiting for medical reports on Adam Roynon, who has suffered a reaction around the femur he fractured back in April and may have to miss Thursday’s match against Scunthorpe.Promoter Brian Havelock said: “'If Adam elects to sit this fixture out then we will operate the rider replacement rule to cover his programmed rides and that allows Gary Havelock and the two reserves to come into play. I'm sure they can produce an adequate return in those races.”RYE HOUSE skipper Chris Neath came up with a dramatic last-race pass of Glasgow’s Joe Screen to secure a one-point win for the Rockets as he teamed up with Jordan Frampton for a crucial 5-1.Neath said: “Gate one wasn’t the best, and I got clamped a bit, but I had speed all night so I thought if I could keep on Joe’s tail I could find a way past. I could see him peel into the corners a bit early, but I could tell that he was never going to come out on the line, so I stuck on his back wheel and put a Robbo-esque (a la former Rye star Stuart Robson) cut-back on him, and got through.” SCUNTHORPE boss Richard Hollingsworth says he is pleased to be confounding the critics with their weekend win at Leicester enhancing the Scorpions’ progress up the Premier League table.Hollingsworth said: “The pundits at the beginning of the season had us down as finishing 12th. It is great to prove these people so very wrong and the more wrong they are the better it feels. Hopefully, we can go to Redcar on Thursday and pick up away win number four, something that only two other clubs have achieved so far this season.”SHEFFIELD promoter Neil Machin says the club have no chance of tempting Shane Parker out of his retirement plans despite a magnificent season for the Owlerton club.Machin said: “I have had occasional conversations with Shane about whether he would change his mind because he is loving his racing as much as ever, but he is sticking to the plan which is perfectly understandable.”SOMERSET are waiting on the fitness of Christian Hefenbrock, who had to pull out of last Friday’s home meeting with a shoulder and arm injury, ahead of their two derby clashes with Newport this weekend.Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “There is nothing quite like a local derby to get the pulse racing. And matches against Newport always have a special edge to them which usually makes for a great night of action, and I am sure that the two matches this weekend will be no different.”WORKINGTON owner Keith Denham has described his side as “invincible” at home after they made it 11 Derwent Park wins out of 11 in last Saturday’s fixture against Newcastle.Denham said: “We still have maximum points from our home meetings and have kept our tremendous home record going. We are invincible at home and I don’t think anyone is going to win here.”FIXTURE PICTURE…WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v Birmingham 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Stoke 7.30THURSDAY AUGUST 18:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Swindon v Coventry 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Leicester 7.30, Redcar v Scunthorpe 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Sheffield v Isle of Wight 7pm, Sheffield v Belle Vue (follows previous fixture)BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 4: Isle of Wight 7pmFRIDAY AUGUST 19:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Belle Vue 8pm, Lakeside v Peterborough 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Redcar 7.30, Scunthorpe v Plymouth 7.30, Somerset v Newport 7.30FOUR-TEAM TOURNAMENT: Plymouth 7.30SATURDAY AUGUST 20:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Newcastle 7pm, Newport v Somerset 7pm, Rye House v Scunthorpe 7pm, Workington v Plymouth 7pmSUNDAY AUGUST 21:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Workington 4pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Mildenhall v Scunthorpe 4.30MONDAY AUGUST 22:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Poole 7.30, Wolverhampton v Peterborough 7.30TUESDAY AUGUST 23:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Dudley v Stoke 7.30, Isle of Wight v Newport 7.30WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v Peterborough 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Belle Vue 7.30THURSDAY AUGUST 25:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v Wolverhampton 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Rye House 7.30, Redcar v Glasgow 7.30, Sheffield v Plymouth 7.45CHALLENGE: Birmingham Bulls v Stoke 7.30FRIDAY AUGUST 26:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Lakeside v Birmingham 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Plymouth v Ipswich 7.30, Somerset v Scunthorpe 7.30SATURDAY AUGUST 27:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Workington 7pm, Newport v Leicester 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Hackney v Mildenhall (at Rye House) 7pm, Stoke v Newport 7.30SUNDAY AUGUST 28:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Swindon 3.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Edinburgh 4pm, Leicester v Newport 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Sheffield 3pmNATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP: Mildenhall v Isle of Wight 4.30MONDAY AUGUST 29:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Peterborough 7.30, Peterborough v Coventry 11am, Wolverhampton v Eastbourne 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Rye House v Newcastle 2pm, Workington v Berwick 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Newport v King’s Lynn 2.30, Scunthorpe v Mildenhall 3pmTUESDAY AUGUST 30:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Dudley v Buxton 7.30WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Peterborough 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Hackney 7.30DAVEY WATT TESTIMONIAL: Poole 7.30