THE draw has been made for the British Under-21 Final - which is to be staged by National League club Dudley at Monmore Green on April 24.Heathens host the first showpiece SpeedwayGB event of the season with admission prices held at their regular levels for NL matches - £10 adults, £7 concessions and £2 children.And a further bonus sees extra races added to the schedule with the best of the British Under-16s competing in 250cc and 125cc categories.Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “To be staging a national event like this is great, and we’re promoting it heavily locally throughout the Wolverhampton and Dudley area. I hope we get a good crowd, not just of Heathens fans but from the surrounding areas as well, and with the admission price structure I think it’s great value for money.”LINE-UP: Tom Perry, Kyle Howarth, Robert Branford, Ben Morley, Marc Owen, Kyle Newman, Joe Haines, Adam Wrathall, Steven Worrall, Ashley Morris, Stefan Nielsen, Richie Worrall, James Sarjeant, Jerran Hart, Jason Garrity, Joe Jacobs. Reserves: Ben Hopwood, Richard Franklin.
ELITE League leaders Lakeside collected their second away win of the season – picking up maximum points this time at Belle Vue.The Hammers added to their Good Friday win at Eastbourne with a 51-42 success at Kirkmanshulme Lane, with Peter Karlsson top-scoring on 13 and reserve Richie Worrall adding an eye-catching 10+2.Aces boss Jim Lynch took the positives after the club’s previous track problems, saying: “The boys are still very short of laps and need as much racing as possible at the moment. “There were signs that things are improving but every time we forced our way back into the meeting we were unable to cash in with back to back heat wins. At least we didn't get murdered by an in-form side.”(SPEEDWAY 3)
SWINDON skipper Hans Andersen scored a paid maximum as the Robins made it four wins out of four with victory over Coventry.Andersen followed high-scoring reserve Peter Kildemand home for a 5-1 in Heat 4 and then reeled off four race wins, receiving good backing from Kildemand and Simon Stead in particular on their way to a 54-39 success.Andersen said: “I’m really pleased, a good score for myself but more importantly for the team. I’m just getting back to enjoying my speedway again. It’s like a new start for me with a new club and this team is really good.“I felt good on the bike and I thought it was a good effort by the whole team, hopefully we can keep it going now we go into some away meetings.”
WOLVERHAMPTON are optimistic that captain Freddie Lindgren suffered no serious damage in a heavy Heat 15 spill at Monmore Green on Monday.Lindgren and Tai Woffinden were both unbeaten in Wolves’ 51-41 win over Eastbourne, their first Elite League success of the season, but Lindgren was unable to take his place in the re-run of the last race after a crash with Danny King.Wolves boss Peter Adams said: “It was a nasty crash and Freddie has hurt his arm but we expect him to be OK. He looked a bit uncomfortable afterwards and couldn’t ride in the re-run.“We’re delighted to pick up the win, it’s a nice feeling and there are a lot of plus points to come out of it. It gives us something to build on.”(SPEEDWAY 5)
DAVID Howe is facing time on the sidelines after suffering a dislocated shoulder in a grasstrack crash over the weekend.Howe, who has started the season in strong form in both Elite and Premier Leagues, will be replaced by Jordan Frampton for King’s Lynn’s home match against Belle Vue on Wednesday.And Stars owner Buster Chapman believes his side should not under-estimate the Aces even thought the Manchester side are yet to open their account this season.He said: “On paper the Aces have a very attractive team who so far this season have struggled to get going, but I believe they will give us a real run for their money, especially with Linus Eklof and Josh Grajczonek at reserve.”
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Belle Vue 7.30, Poole v Swindon 7.30
THURSDAY APRIL 19:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v Eastbourne 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Scunthorpe 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Sheffield v Berwick 7.45
FRIDAY APRIL 20:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Swindon 8pm, Lakeside v Wolverhampton 8pmLEAGUE CUP: Edinburgh v Workington 7.30, Plymouth v Leicester 7.30, Scunthorpe v Glasgow 7.30