SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

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THE future of the Pawlicki brothers at Coventry is in doubt after the club reported them for withholding their services.The Bees took the action after discovering the pair, Przemyslaw and Piotr, would be missing for their Elite League fixture at Swindon on Thursday.Co-boss Alun Rossiter said: “It’s a great shame we have to take this action because they are two great lads, but we simply can’t have this lack of commitment. It’s not fair to the club or the supporters.“We’ve been told they are practising for the (Polish) Final, but there is no reason why they can’t be at Swindon on Thursday and then back in Poland the following morning. We are trying to reach the play-offs here, and it’s not acceptable.”

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SOMERSET have released Travis McGowan and replaced him with former Workington No.1 James Wright.McGowan has been unable to hit top form having joined the Rebels from Glasgow last winter, whilst Wright recently lost his place with the Comets as part of their own team changes.Co-promoter Garry May said: “It is never easy to tell a rider that he is being replaced, but Travis just hasn’t been able to reproduce the form that we all know he is capable of, and when James became available it was felt that the time had come for a change as we enter the final third of the season.“James is a rider with a proven ability; he has averaged around eight points a match for Workington this year, which included a paid 11 return when Workington visited the Oak Tree Arena a couple of weeks ago. I am sure that he will quickly settle in to his new surroundings and that we will see a continuation of that sort of form.”

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KYLE Newman has agreed to return to Dudley Heathens for the remaining weeks of the season – starting at the Isle of Wight on Thursday.Newman, who deputised for Adam Roynon earlier in the campaign, steps into the number one racejacket vacated by unlucky skipper Jon Armstrong who suffered a broken bone in his back during Tuesday’s defeat by Buxton.Heathens co-promoter Gary Patchett said: “Whilst all our thoughts are obviously with Armo and his family, we would like to place on record our thanks to Kyle for agreeing to come back into the side.“He always said he would help us out again if we needed him and this is a great move. I’m sure our supporters are looking forward to seeing him back at Monmore ‘Wood’ against King’s Lynn next Tuesday.”

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DAVEY Watt thanked the supporters after a successful Testimonial event at Poole on Wednesday, with the match narrowly won by Watt’s Roos team.They beat a Rest of the World line-up 46-44 with ex-Poole man Bjarne Pedersen scoring 13 points, whilst Jason Crump scored 12 for the winners.Watt said: “I have had a few stressful days and nights in sorting things out for tonight but seeing such a great turnout makes me very proud indeed. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and made this evening possible.“I salute each and every one of you, for without your support I would probably be back home in Aussie just kicking my heels.”

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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v King’s Lynn 7.30, Swindon v Coventry 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Redcar v Newport 7.30, Sheffield v Ipswich 7.45 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Isle of Wight v Dudley 7.30 PHIL MORRIS FAREWELL: Birmingham 7.30

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Eastbourne 8pm, Lakeside v Birmingham 8pm PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Scunthorpe 7.30, Plymouth v Rye House 7.30, Somerset v Leicester 7.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Belle Vue 7.30, Stoke v Buxton 7.30

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Wolverhampton 7pm, Eastbourne v Coventry (follows previous fixture) PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Plymouth 7pm, Workington v Ipswich 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Rye House 7pm

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Redcar 4pm, Newcastle v Ipswich 6.30, Scunthorpe v Somerset 6pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Stoke 2pm, Belle Vue v King’s Lynn (follows previous fixture), Mildenhall v Newport 4.30

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v Belle Vue 7.30, Wolverhampton v Birmingham 7.30