SPEEDWAY News

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PETERBOROUGH manager Trevor Swales says the progress of Swedish youngster Linus Sundstrom was one of the high spots of the club’s 2011 campaign.Sundstrom has already made clear his wish to be back at the Showground next year, and scooped a host of awards at the Panthers’ end-of-season function.Swales said: “Linus undoubtedly exceeded our expectations for his first season with the club. Not only did he take the step up to full-time Elite League racing in his stride, but also the drastic change from being based at one of the country’s smallest tracks to joining a club with one of the biggest.“He quickly adapted to life at the Showground and was very quickly winning races against good opposition. His performances at home and away were consistently good.”

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WORKINGTON star Richard Lawson says his intention is to remain with his hometown club in 2012.Lawson, who underwent a shoulder operation at the end of last week, finished his third season in Comets colours in the best form of his career and recorded three maximums at Derwent Park.He said: “The challenge I have got now is to keep this form and make a good start to next season.“I have had shoulder injuries and operations before and this one is just to tidy up something. I expect to be as good as new when we start again next year. I want to keep on improving and my aim is to be No.1 at Workington.”

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IPSWICH skipper Kevin Doolan has become the Foxhall club’s second confirmed starter for the 2012 season.The experienced Australian joins fellow countryman Cameron Heeps in the Witches’ line-up, and team manager Pete Simmons has been impressed by his leadership qualities.Simmons said: “I am especially pleased to see Kevin back as captain for next year as I can honestly say he has been the best I’ve worked with over the last few seasons, helping me gee up the lads as well as helping with set-ups and other things both on and off-track. “Kevin will be the first to admit that his season form-wise was far from what both he and I expected, but things certainly looked better over the last couple of months and with him making the decision to order new machinery for 2012 I feel things can only continue to improve for him.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

DUDLEY have been in contact with riders from their 2011 squad who are not guaranteed a team place with the club for next season.Heathens bosses have stated that nobody is ruled out for certain at this stage as they bid to build a side to challenge for the National League title, with other riders also showing an interest in joining the club.Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We have several permutations right now and those who don't figure in them all have been told we cannot guarantee them a spot at this time.“We refuse to keep riders hanging on only to let them down and we want to see them fixed up elsewhere. This applies to riders who have already represented the club and those who have been in touch from other clubs wanting to join us.”