SPEEDWAY News & Fixtures

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RYE House have been awarded a semi-final of the British Championship – which will take place at Hoddesdon on Saturday July 7.The Rockets have already confirmed normal Premier League admission prices will apply for the meeting as riders battle to reach the Final at Wolverhampton on July 30.Another confirmed major event date is the third round of the World Under-21 Championship series, which will take place at Coventry.The Brandon club will stage the event on Friday August 17, some 21 years after they ran the meeting as a one-off Final won by Brian Andersen, who went on to captain the Bees.

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KYLE Newman is hoping to make a winning return to Dudley in next Tuesday’s British Under-21 Final.Newman was a popular member of the Heathens’ National League squad last year and he will start as one of the favourites for the showpiece event at Monmore Green – but he knows the competition will be tough.Newman said: “It was a pleasure and an honour to put on the Heathens jacket. I’m really hoping it pays dividends for me this year in the Final, I'm feeling confident and with the added knowledge of the track, hopefully things can go to plan.“Obviously there’s some top guys in the field like Kyle Howarth, Richie and Stevie Worrall, Tom Perry and Ashley Morris of Dudley, the list goes on and they’re all on song at the moment so it’s going to be tough. But I want it bad so I'll be focused and ready to stake my claim.”

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LAKESIDE have named an unchanged line-up for the visit of Wolverhampton to Purfleet on Friday.The Elite League leaders won at Belle Vue on Monday and doubling-up riders Stuart Robson and Richie Worrall will continue in the side after an impressive all-round display in Manchester.Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook said: “We have decided to use the same seven riders for this coming Friday, when Wolves will be visiting our Raceway and that means that our fans will be able to see Richie in action around our track for the first time. “I’m sure he will get a great reception from our supporters following on from that fantastic performance on Monday.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

EASTBOURNE will have Swedish star Simon Gustafsson back in their side for the visit of Peterborough on Saturday.Gustafsson missed the Eagles’ recent matches against Wolverhampton after a crash in Poland, but will be back to face the Panthers with the sides’ clash at the Showground on Thursday having been postponed due to rain.Manager Trevor Geer said: “Simon took quite a battering, by all reports, but I am pleased to say that he is fit and ready to resume in the No 3 race-jacket.“Joonas Kylmakorpi, who was injured last month at King’s Lynn, continues to make progress and is expected to be back in action next month. Injuries to these two riders have certainly affected us but that is part and parcel of speedway.”

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SCUNTHORPE youngster Oliver Greenwood faces time out after it was confirmed he suffered a broken collarbone at Stoke last weekend.Greenwood crashed during the British Under-21 semi-final and is now facing a race against time to be fit for the Saints’ National League opener at Mildenhall on May 6.Manager Stuart Parnaby said: “We’ll leave the decision regarding whether Oliver rides at Mildenhall as late as possible. He’s young and heals quickly; I’ve spoken to him and he’s already feeling less pain each day.“He got caught by a stray bike after a first bend incident in Heat 11, came off and broke his collarbone.”(FIXTURES)

THURSDAY APRIL 19:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v Eastbourne OFFPREMIER 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

SATURDAY APRIL 21:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Peterborough 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Berwick v Sheffield 7pm, Leicester v Somerset 7.30, Rye House v Plymouth 7pm, Workington v Newcastle 7pmSTAFFS CUP 2nd leg: Stoke v Dudley 7.30

SUNDAY APRIL 22:LEAGUE CUP: Glasgow v Sheffield 4pm, Newcastle v Berwick 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Mildenhall 3pm


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