Speedway News

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TWO of Rye House's top riders of recent years will return to Hoddesdon in a special Challenge fixture between the Rockets and Elite League neighbours Peterborough on March 31.Linus Sundstrom joined the Panthers in a big-money move last winter after two seasons with the Rockets, and in order to balance the teams on the night Tai Woffinden, who rode for Rye in 2007-08 before moving into the Elite League with Wolves, will guest for the home side.Rockets promoter Len Silver said: "I am over the moon to be able to see our two great favourites pitting their skills against each other on the track that they both graced not long ago. "I am also deeply grateful to Rick Frost and Trevor Swales in helping to put this fixture on our list. It's one we are all looking forward to already."

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NEW Ipswich signing Dakota North is eager to get going with the Witches after a winter spent largely away from the sport.

The Australian, who impressed as a visiting rider at Foxhall in 2011, has done little racing in his home country other than the Under-21 Championship and a Pairs event in Victoria last weekend.

North said: "This summer I have just been working for my Dad and water-skiing as much as I can to keep up my fitness. I've been trying to save as much money as possible so that I can buy all-new bikes for this year.

"I think it should be a good season in the UK, I like Ipswich a lot and should be scoring big at home plus I will be trying to be more consistent away as well."

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BUXTON have confirmed the return of experienced Dean Felton to their side for the forthcoming National League season.

Felton returned to the Hitmen at short notice last year when Jonathon Bethell dropped out due to injury, and he is now back for his 20th season in the sport.

Club chief Jayne Moss said: "Dean did a good job for us last year, and we are pleased to welcome him back to Hi-Edge and our thanks go once again to Dave Tattum (Stoke) for his assistance.

"Dean obviously has a lot of experience and is more than willing to pass that on to the younger riders, which can only benefit them individually and the team as a whole. The team is shaping up nicely now."