BIG EVENT LATEST...BRITISH Speedway's 2011 major events series will be concluded with the re-staging of the Premier League Fours Final at Leicester on Sunday (October 23, 5pm).
The original meeting was abandoned due to heavy rain after the semi-finals in early August, but now the four qualifying clubs will compete over an expanded 20-heat programme, with increased tactical options for managers.Hosts Leicester, Ipswich, Somerset and Workington make up the line-up - and series co-ordinator David Hoggart says organisers have worked hard to ensure a special occasion after the disappointment of the rain-off.He said: "We have taken a number of steps to make this up to our customers with the lowering of admission and programme prices to club level, a further reduction of £5 for re-admission ticket holders and an extension from 12 to 20 heats for the Grand Final."We have also amended the rules to make this a tactical challenge for the Team Managers with the inclusion of tactical rides and reserve replacements."I have to say that every rider involved in the abandonment deserves great credit, there was no dissent and they must be congratulated on their exemplary conduct in very difficult circumstances."BELLE Vue boss Jim Lynch has paid tribute to Aces star Rory Schlein, who was crowned Elite League Riders' Champion at Swindon last Saturday.Schlein, who had his first top-flight outings with the Manchester club in 2004 and has advanced to the No.1 race-jacket on his return this season, got the better of a high-class field at Blunsdon. He won a dramatic Final ahead of Scott Nicholls, Freddie Lindgren and Bjarne Pedersen.Lynch said: "It was a wonderful performance by Rory to win such a big prize as the Riders' Championship. It was no more than he deserved for a magnificent season."He couldn't have done any more than to be the top-scoring qualifier and then to win the Final. Rory's whole demeanour and attitude is exemplary and it was a fantastic night for him."He has come through a difficult period of riding with a hand injury and is back to his best just in time."Series co-ordinator David Hoggart said the meeting had proved to be one of the big highlights of the 2011 season, with the outcome not decided until the final yards.Hoggart said: "That was some of the best racing we've seen for a very long time, and the Final itself was an absolute thriller."Most people probably had Rory down to win after his performance but he missed the start off gate four and had to work his way through from fourth to first and it was gripping to watch. It was a great night and I congratulate Swindon for the efforts they put in to ensure a successful meeting."SUPER7EVEN SERIES SPEEDWAY GB EVENTSBRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL: TAI WOFFINDENELITE LEAGUE PAIRS: POOLEBRITISH FINAL: SCOTT NICHOLLSPREMIER LEAGUE PAIRS: GLASGOWPREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP: SAM MASTERSELITE LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP: RORY SCHLEINPREMIER LEAGUE FOURS FINAL: Leicester, October 23ELITE LEAGUE LATEST...BELLE VUE boss Jim Lynch believes his team have the in-form riders necessary to put up a strong challenge against Poole in this week's Knockout Cup Final.Lynch said: "Rory Schlein, our No 1, beat (Chris) Holder and (Darcy) Ward at the weekend to win the prestige Elite League Riders' championship."Chris Harris has sorted out his mechanical problems at last. He's out to make amends to the fans and, on top of that, he's really buzzing because he's been handed a wild card back into the 2012 Grand Prix. In addition Patrick Hougaard showed he has come through a struggling period after injuries by winning the Pride of the Midlands open title at Leicester last Friday."COVENTRY co-boss Alun Rossiter says there will be plenty of pride at stake when the Bees take on local rivals Wolverhampton in their season-ending Midland Bowl clashes.Rossiter said: "We want to go out on a high, and we want it to be a real spectacle for the fans which I'm sure they will see from the teams that both sides have put together."And obviously we want to put one over on Wolves. It's always been a big rivalry, Coventry and Wolves, and local derbies are very important to the clubs and to the fans."POOLE promoter Matt Ford is predicting a hard-fought battle in the Knockout Cup Final this week as the Pirates bid to secure the Double.Ford said: "Whilst Poole should have the all round strength, Belle Vue will have the hunger. Rory (Schlein) was a deserved winner of the ELRC on Saturday and it is those kind of results that can lift a team."I think we have two potentially exciting meetings to look forward to this week and it would be fantastic to see us win the Double, it would cap a marvellous season."WOLVERHAMPTON star Ty Proctor has thanked the club for sticking by him during a tough run of results earlier this season.Proctor said: "I want to thank Chris (Van Straaten) because at many other tracks I would have been shown the door but I said to him that I knew what I could do and just wanted to give it another try."We changed engine tuners during the season and we were still struggling for the right set-up, Dan (Giffard) and me have worked our socks off to try and get it right and I'm just so pleased it all came together in the end, I'm pretty happy right now."PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST...BERWICK had to settle for a point from their trip to Newcastle on Sunday, which was added to the three they gained at home to Workington 24-hours earlier.Manager Ian Rae said: "We really had this match in our control mid match, but all creditto the Diamonds who, when it mattered showed us how to race with increased determination and really we threw the win away. We certainly deserved to get the league point out of it, which we did."EDINBURGH boss John Campbell has defended Monarchs rider Craig Cook, who has endured a frustrating run of form and has claimed he is struggling to maintain his equipment.But Campbell said: "Craig has had a long season riding for Belle Vue and ourselves and probably needs a rest. He did very well at the start of the season and I'm sure he can return to that form. I have not given up on him because I think he has loads of ability."GLASGOW will have former favourite Shane Parker in their side as a guest for the injured Joe Screen in their final two matches of the season, when they face rivals Edinburgh in the Scottish Cup. They are likely to be Parker's final meetings before retirement.IPSWICH still have second place in the Premier League in their sights after an impressive 50-40 win at Rye House on Sunday, a result which saw them collect all four points.Boss Pete Simmons said: "It was a great team performance. Mat (Tresarrieu) was superb on a track I don't think many thought he would go that well on, seeing as he does so much long-track. But so many of our riders were good. Jerran (Hart) had a good meeting, and what a difference it makes when our reserves outscore the home reserves."LEICESTER manager Jason Attwood is hoping his side can provide a winning conclusion to their first season back in the sport when they host the re-staging of the Premier League Fours Final on Sunday.Attwood said: "September was a good month for us which has hopefully given our fans heart for the winter and going into next year, and it would be really nice to put a trophy on the mantelpiece for them. But I'm sure Ipswich, Somerset and Workington are all thinking the same, so it will be a fantastic competition with every heat having something at stake."NEWCASTLE boss George English was a relieved man after the Diamonds mounted a spirited recovery to overcome local rivals Berwick in a close contest last Sunday.English said: "We really were not sure where the firepower was going to come from to do the job, but Mark Lemon was not a happy guy after his last place and he managed to fire up to a magnificent local victory. Great stuff indeed."NEWPORT are planning a special Halloween-themed season finale for their last meeting of the season against Edinburgh on October 29.Co-promoter Nick Mallett said: "We decided to try and make it something completely different. Being so close to Halloween we thought that using this theme would create a fun atmosphere for our final meeting of 2011. We are starting an hour earlier at 6pm to get everything fitted in, and then party till late."PLYMOUTH have a double incentive to defeat Berwick at the St Boniface Arena on Friday, as they are seeking revenge for their heaviest home defeat of the season which was inflicted by the Bandits in early August.Promoter Mike Bowden said: "We want to turn things around this time and put one over on Berwick. Our target will be to win by at least seven points, so we can pick up the maximum three match points. That would be sufficient to take us off the bottom of the table and hand the wooden spoon to Leicester."RYE HOUSE have put Scunthorpe star David Howe on stand-by to guest in their home fixture against Berwick on Sunday should skipper Chris Neath be ruled out by an ankle injury. Howe scored a 15-point maximum for his regular club at Hoddesdon earlier in the month.SCUNTHORPE boss Richard Hollingsworth says a narrow defeat at Somerset last Friday should not overshadow the improvement made by the Scorpions this season.Hollingsworth said: "Not winning here might cost us a place or two in the Premier League but it won't hide the progress we are making and I'm already excited about next year. I'm confident we will make progress whatever the point limit and team building rules are."SHEFFIELD are facing a vital trip to Ipswich on Thursday in the battle for second spot in the Premier League - but promoter Neil Machin says the Tigers team had the capability of going one place higher this season.Machin said: "We can still hang on to second place, and that would be a pretty good achievement. But I think everyone realises that we could have gone on and won the league this year with more consistency away from home."SOMERSET are looking to overcome injury and availability problems to maintain their impressive podium-finishing record in the Premier League Fours Final at Leicester on Sunday.Promoter Debbie Hancock said: "On paper we probably rank the lowest of the four teams contesting the final, but we don't race on paper and anything can happen once the tapes goes up on Sunday's meeting. A bit of good fortune our way and not so good luck going the way of the opposition, and who knows?"WORKINGTON lost their unbeaten home record with a home defeat against Sheffield on Sunday, in a major blow to their chances of finishing runners-up in the Premier League.Comets owner Keith Denham said: "I am very disappointed, but on the night we got beaten by the better team. Sheffield wanted to win, they adapted to the track better than we did, and we couldn't seem to get out of the gate."FIXTURE PICTURE...THURSDAY OCTOBER 20:ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Poole v Belle Vue 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Sheffield 7.30FRIDAY OCTOBER 21:PREMIER LEAGUE: Plymouth v Berwick 7.30, Somerset v Newport 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF FINAL 1st leg: Scunthorpe v Mildenhall 7.30MIDLAND BOWL 1st leg: Coventry v Wolverhampton 8pmSCOTTISH CUP 1st leg: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30SATURDAY OCTOBER 22:PREMIER LEAGUE: Newport v Berwick 7pm, Workington v Ipswich 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Stoke v Mildenhall 7.30TEST MATCH: GB U23 v Young Australia, Eastbourne 7.30SUNDAY OCTOBER 23:PREMIER LEAGUE FOURS FINAL: Leicester 5pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle v Plymouth 6.30, Rye House v Berwick 2pmNATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Mildenhall v Scunthorpe 4.30SCOTTISH CUP 2nd leg: Glasgow v Edinburgh 4pmMONDAY OCTOBER 24:MIDLAND BOWL 2nd leg: Wolverhampton v Coventry 7.30THURSDAY OCTOBER 27:16-LAP CLASSIC: Ipswich 7.30FRIDAY OCTOBER 28:PREMIER LEAGUE: Plymouth v Edinburgh 7.30SATURDAY OCTOBER 29:PREMIER LEAGUE: Newport v Edinburgh 6pm, Workington v Plymouth 7pmSUNDAY OCTOBER 30:PREMIER LEAGUE: Workington v Edinburgh 3pmACE OF HERTS: Rye House 6pmJUNIOR GOLDEN HELMET: Glasgow 3pm