SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

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PETERBOROUGH’S Polish youngster Kacper Gomolski dedicated his first-ever senior maximum to the memory of his close friend Arkadiusz Malinger.17-year-old Malinger was killed in a practice session at Gniezno, having grown up with Gomolski in the town.Gomolski collected the Stanair Man of the Match award for his unbeaten show in the Panthers’ 59-34 win over Wolverhampton, with fellow countryman Norbert Kosciuch also collecting his first Elite League maximum.Gomolski said: “I am very happy tonight – I did this for Arek.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

GRZEGORZ Zengota will return to the Swindon team for the Robins’ fixture at Eastbourne on Sunday.Zengota suffered a broken femur in a pre-season practice crash in Poland, but he will now see out the season back at Blundson in place of countryman Maciej Janowski.Robins co-boss Gary Patchett said: “When Zengi called us and said he was ready to ride we couldn’t offer him a position without Magic stepping down.“However, I spoke to Magic and offered him the opportunity to take a breather from what has been a frantic schedule for him this season. This will give him the opportunity to prepare for his World U21 finals which resume this weekend.”(SPEEDWAY 3)

NEWPORT will stage their first midweek meeting for 35 years when they host Redcar in the Premier League next Wednesday.The Wasps have moved to clear a fixture backlog caused by postponements and their Knockout Cup progress, with midweek speedway last taking place in Newport back in 1976 when their former Somerton Park venue was shared with Newport County football club.Promoter Steve Mallett said: “The fixture-list situation is causing all clubs headaches in arranging and losing our recent trip to Edinburgh didn’t help matters.“Laurence Rogers (general manager) and I have been working tirelessly to sort things out, but it has proved to be no easy task. With no local football or rugby on (Wednesday), we hope sports fans will come down to cheer on a winning side.”

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SCUNTHORPE/SHEFFIELD have signed John Oliver to replace Paul Cooper in their National League title-chasing squad.Oliver, recently released by Premier League Leicester, will make his Saints debut at Buxton on Sunday.Manager Stuart Parnaby said: “John seems a really nice lad and I understand he once won an individual meeting here. He obviously likes our track but it is a shame he can’t ride on Monday.“We’ve got four riders in the Premier League but it looks like John is in the process of finding a new club and we’ll have five.”

(FIXTURES)

FRIDAY AUGUST 26:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Lakeside v Birmingham 8pm PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30, Plymouth v Ipswich 7.30, Somerset v Scunthorpe 7.30

SATURDAY AUGUST 27:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Workington 7pm, Newport v Leicester 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Hackney v Mildenhall (at Rye House) 7pm, Stoke v Newport 7.30

SUNDAY AUGUST 28:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Swindon 3.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Edinburgh 4pm, Leicester v Newport 7pm, Newcastle v Sheffield 6.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Sheffield 3pm NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP: Mildenhall v Isle of Wight 4.30

MONDAY AUGUST 29:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Peterborough 7.30, Peterborough v Coventry 11am, Wolverhampton v Eastbourne 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Rye House v Newcastle 2pm, Scunthorpe v Edinburgh 3pm, Workington v Berwick 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Mildenhall (follows PL fixture)

TUESDAY AUGUST 30:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Dudley v Buxton 7.30