SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)POOLE’S remarkable run of success continued with a 51-39 away win at Peterborough – the Pirates’ 13th successive victory at the start of the 2012 season.The Pirates moved back to the top of the Elite League table in the process, with Darcy Ward claiming his fourth successive away maximum with an 18-point total.Thursday’s other top-flight action saw Birmingham consolidate a good week’s work with a 50-43 win over bottom club Belle Vue – who pushed the home side all the way with a spirited performance.Brummies boss Phil Morris said: “There are a few things we’ve got to try and work on, it was getting tight with three races to go and there was a bit of a panic that we weren’t going to get all three points. The last race was a bit heart-in-mouth when Danny’s (King) bike went, so there was a bit of bad luck but we should have been further in front.”

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COVENTRY and Lakeside are bidding to join Poole in the semi-finals of the revamped Knockout Cup when they stage back-to-back clashes over the next two nights.The Bees will have Peter Kildemand guesting for the injured Scott Nicholls at Brandon on Friday, whilst the Hammers are running a ‘kids for a quid’ offer for the switch to a Saturday meeting at Purfleet.Coventry skipper Chris Harris said: “It’s not going to be an easy one, Lakeside have some good riders who can ride this place very well, but hopefully we can improve from Monday.”Lakeside co-promoter Jon Cook said: “The Cup has been lucky for us in the past and the revamped formula will add to the attraction of the event. Saturday night racing is always something special at our Raceway and I’m sure we will all be in for a great evening’s entertainment.”

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RYE House stunned Ipswich with a dramatic 46-44 Premier League victory at Foxhall.The Rockets led throughout having secured a 5-1 in the first race, but it took a fine last-heat ride by Charlie Gjedde to seal the result in their favour, as the Dane passed Kevin Doolan for the lead at the end of the first lap.Rye House boss John Sampford said: “After our home defeat against Newcastle, this is a result that puts us very much back in the hunt for a top six finish and a place in the championship play-offs. “We showed what we are capable of the last time we visited Foxhall Heath, when we came back from 14 points down to take a match point, but this feeling is obviously much sweeter.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

SHEFFIELD skipper Richard Hall was the last-heat hero in a remarkable win for the Tigers at home to Somerset.The home side fought back from ten points down to lead by five, only to trail once again going into the final race – where Hall went past the Rebels pairing and held off Sam Masters to complete a match-winning 5-1 with Josef Franc.Hall said: “I was pleased with how it went and obviously to pull off the win was an amazing feeling. Hopefully we can all head to Edinburgh (Friday) feeling confident and we can get a result up there.”Meanwhile Somerset’s Claus Vissing is expected to spend the next few days in hospital in Sheffield after suffering a punctured and deflated lung in a Heat 11 crash, and his time out of action is currently unclear.

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SPEEDWAY bikes will return to Oxford Stadium on Friday June 15 – for the first time since the demise of the Cheetahs five years ago.Oxford last competed in 2007, their closure marking the end of 59 successive seasons at Cowley, but the club retains a strong following and there will be three speedway demonstration races when the stadium hosts the fourth round of the Flat Track Championship.Organiser Peter Boast said: “We’ve had a big motorway blade in to get the track back in shape with Kevin Howse, a former Oxford second half rider, behind the wheel. It’s been a lot of hard work, but the track is now ready to stage speedway again.“What I’d love to see is the speedway public turn up in numbers on June 15, and show the interest generated by just three demonstration races.”

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FRIDAY JUNE 1:ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: Coventry v Lakeside 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Sheffield 7.30, Plymouth v Redcar 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP: Somerset v Ipswich 7.30

SATURDAY JUNE 2:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Poole 7.30ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP 2nd leg: Lakeside v Coventry 7.45PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Scunthorpe 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Rye House v King’s Lynn 7pm

SUNDAY JUNE 3:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Newcastle 4pmNATIONAL LEAGUE:  Mildenhall v Stoke 4.30

MONDAY JUNE 4:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v Lakeside 8pm, Wolverhampton v Swindon 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle v Glasgow 6.30, Workington v Berwick 7pmLEAGUE CUP: Rye House v Ipswich 2pm, Scunthorpe v Sheffield 3pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Rye House v Mildenhall (follows LC fixture), Scunthorpe v Buxton (follows PL fixture)

TUESDAY JUNE 5:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Isle of Wight v King’s Lynn 7.30


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