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THE British Speedway Promoters’ Association are pleased to confirm the release of the 2012 Premier League fixture list, as well as this year’s major events schedule.

The Premier League season will start with the new League Cup competition, whilst the league programme itself will culminate in play-off competitions involving 12 of the 14 clubs – with the top six battling for the title.Dates and venues have also been confirmed for the SpeedwayGB Events series – formerly known as the Super7even series.Co-ordinator David Hoggart said: “For 2012 we have reduced the key events to six by resting the Elite League Pairs. In recent seasons it has been difficult for commuting riders to fit the Pairs into their hectic schedules, and this has affected the quality of the field despite some great racing and brilliant TV images. The re-introduction of the Pairs will remain under annual review.”

The six key events for 2012 follow the traditional pattern, with four returning to their successful staging venues of last year. The Premier League Fours reverts to Peterborough with the British Under-21 Championship moving to Dudley.

The highlight of the series, the British Final, will again be at Wolverhampton with the Elite League Riders Championship returning to Swindon. The Premier League's top events, the PL Pairs and the PLRC, return to Somerset and Sheffield respectively. Hoggart said: “It's no secret that I wanted to re-establish the PL Fours at Peterborough. Unfortunately, we could not resume there in 2011 and Leicester did a fantastic job for us.

“Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney have worked closely with the Showground authorities to make this happen, it's a great opportunity and I am very much looking forward to returning in July.”Speedway GB EventsBritish U21 Final Dudley Tuesday April 24 PL Fours Peterborough Sunday July 15 British Final Wolverhampton Monday August 6 PL Pairs Somerset Friday August 24 PLRC Sheffield September 23 ELRC Swindon Saturday October 13

A full set of fixtures can be found at speedwaygb.co

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IPSWICH, King’s Lynn, Lakeside, Mildenhall, Peterborough and Rye House will compete in the reformed Anglian Junior League this season.Matches will take place over six heats with four-man teams generally after each track’s home meetings, although Lakeside plan to stage their junior action before the main event.BSPA Vice-Chairman and Lakeside promoter Jon Cook said: “It’s tough for riders to break into league racing and this venture will fill the gap between training and National League, and give those riders a competitive environment in which to develop. “Leagues of this kind already operate in the Midlands and Northern sectors and it’s the aim of the BSPA to increase activities of this kind as we work towards an organised programme to take young Brits from their first tentative laps right the way through to the National team.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

SKIPPER Kevin Doolan is tipping his Ipswich side for big things in the 2012 Premier League.The Witches had a strong first season back at that level last year but missed out on major silverware – but the experienced Australian believes Foxhall supporters are in for a memorable campaign.Doolan said: “I think we have by far the most exciting team in the league for 2012. The talent, character and determination in our team is massive. The young kids will be very exciting to watch. “We know from last year that Taylor (Poole) is already a fans’ favourite at Foxhall and many will have seen Cameron (Heeps) light up the track at Mildenhall. Both have huge potential to score above their averages as they continue to learn their craft on the Foxhall track and also continue to learn about themselves and their equipment.“

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SHANE Parker’s Farewell meeting at Sheffield on March 18 has attracted a further series of top names.GB star Tai Woffinden and fellow Elite League heat-leaders Rory Schlein, Peter Karlsson and Niels-Kristian Iversen have been added to a line-up which already includes World Champion Greg Hancock, Maciej Janowski, Chris Holder, Darcy Ward, Davey Watt, Freddie Lindgren and Scott Nicholls.Parker said: “I'm over the moon with the line-up so far and the way things are going. There's not a lot I can say about the latest four because quite simply everyone already knows they are four world-class riders.“Initially, I thought the New Zealand Grand Prix at the end of March might work against me in terms of putting a good field together but it's actually working in my favour because everyone I ask seems keen to have a ride."

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CHRIS Harris, Great Britain’s only representative in the 2012 Grand Prix series, is the latest star name to appear in Swindon’s Bob Kilby Memorial Trophy on Sunday, March 18.Harris, who has returned to Coventry for the new season, joins triple World Champion Nicki Pedersen in the field along with a host of ex-Robins including Matej Zagar, Lee Richardson and Nicolai Klindt.Robins co-promoter Gary Patchett said: “Everyone is buzzing about this, the opening meeting of the season, and the addition of ‘Bomber’ Harris is an exciting one.“He always gives it his all and he is a rider I have always admired. I believe he could be up there challenging for the trophy on March 18.”


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