SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1 – WEDNESDAY REVIEW)

BELLE Vue No.1 Matej Zagar scored a four-ride paid maximum as the Aces maintained their unbeaten home record with a 55-38 win over Wolverhampton.Craig Cook top-scored for the hosts with 12-points from his five outings, Scott Nicholls added 9+2 and reserve Lee Payne scored 7+1 including a race win, with guest Chris Harris notching 11 for Wolves.The Aces have still only dropped home points this season in one meeting, when they drew against Lakeside, and ten of their last twelve fixtures are at Kirkmanshulme Lane.Belle Vue boss Jason Attwood said: “Wolverhampton never fail to give us a run for our money here, but we're very strong at home this season and it was a good, solid performance from everyone again this week.“At one point it looked like they were starting to get back into the meeting, but the 5-1 in Heat 9 was absolutely crucial in my eyes as the race that turned things around.”Wolves manager Peter Adams said: “We were well beaten in the end, and it was a disappointing night for us. Belle Vue started well but we came back and at the halfway stage we were only one point adrift.“That should have given us a decent chance to go on and get at least a point, but as has been the pattern with us we didn't have much beyond Chris Harris and Piotr Pawlicki.”Meanwhile a battling effort from Leicester at the Norfolk Arena meant league leaders King’s Lynn had to be content with two points from their latest home win, with the final score being 48-42 in the Stars’ favour.Niels-Kristian Iversen scored a 15-point maximum for the home side but Simon Stead, who top-scored for the visitors with 11+1 ten days ahead of his World Cup call-up at the same venue, kept Kenneth Bjerre at bay in Heat 15 to secure a point for the visitors.Stars captain Rory Schlein said: “We were unlucky not to get all three points. Fair play to Leicester they came with a strong team and took a point off us. A few of us had bike problems, but we'll work to sort those out ready for our next meeting.“The support for 'Pink Wednesday' was fantastic. Lots of supporters made an effort and it was a great to see the crowd with so much pink on show. Lots of donations were made during and at the auction after the meeting, I can only say a big thank you to the fans. Their donations will go to help change lives.”Leicester boss Norrie Allan said: “It was such a marked improvement from the last time we were at King’s Lynn. To hold the best team in the league right through to the final heat was a marvellous achievement in itself.“We had a little bit of luck early on when Nicklas Porsing and Kenneth Bjerre had bike problems but that was in only two of fifteen heats. We grafted for every point and in the end on balance it was the right result.”

(SPEEDWAY 2 – THURSDAY PREVIEW)

SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter knows the pressure is on his side to win their remaining home meetings as they look to break into the Elite League’s play-off places.The Robins host improving Leicester at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday – with three former Swindon men in the visiting pits.Rossiter said: “Although they won’t have Simon Stead, Leicester do have plenty of capable riders around here and I would never under-estimate them.“Yes, we should win, but they have track specialists like Jason Doyle and Mads Korneliussen, and I’m sure Krzysztof Buczkowski will get around our track pretty well.”With Stead unavailable, the Lions track Sam Masters as a guest and also bring in James Sarjeant to replace Josh Bates at reserve.Manager Norrie Allan said: “We came close to a result (last time) against Swindon and were only two points adrift after ten races and even going into the last heat we were in with a chance of a consolation bonus match point.“It is a shame that we go there without Simon and Josh who are riding very well but even so I am expecting us to give a better account of ourselves this time around.”In the Premier League, Great Britain World Cup duo Stead and Danny King clash at Owlerton as Sheffield face Newcastle.The Tigers have Ben Wilson making his comeback to the club, and he will partner Stead in Heat 1, whilst the Diamonds bring in Nicki Barrett as a guest at reserve ahead of Simon Nielsen’s inclusion this weekend.Stead said: “It’s great for me and Danny to be called up like this and it’s exciting times for us both – but we want to beat each other on Thursday!”Redcar are bidding to get back to winning ways after back-to-back home defeats as they host Workington at the South Tees Motorsports Park.Bears boss Jitendra Duffill said: “It was a huge disappointment to lose at home to Berwick last week, especially as it was our second home defeat in as many weeks.“It is vitally important that we get our season back on track as it has taken a big dive since our draw away to Peterborough and that has to start by putting our form at home right.”The Comets operate the rider-replacement facility for the injured Kyle Howarth whilst former Redcar rider Luke Crang stands in at reserve for Ashley Morris.Second-placed Ipswich take on Glasgow at Foxhall, with Richie Worrall returning to the Witches’ team having made his comeback from a foot injury earlier this week, whilst Stefan Nielsen guests for the injured Dimitri Berge for the visitors.

(SPEEDWAY 3)

NEWCASTLE’S Chris Schramm has taken the decision to retire from the sport due to injury.Schramm has been out of action since early May, and having struggled to recover from his back injury, he has now elected to hang up his kevlars. The Diamonds have moved quickly to replace him with Simon Nielsen, who was released by Sheffield earlier this week.Newcastle boss George English said: “Anyone who knows Chris will know what a hard decisionthis has been for him to take. He loves the sport and his enthusiasm for racing was always a joy to be around, he just loved riding his bike.“However, with a young family, his latest injury has led to a great deal of soul searching and for once he has allowed his head to rule his heart and he has decided that his enthusiasm for racing should play second fiddle to his future family life.“On behalf of Newcastle Speedway and I am sure the sport as a whole we wish Schrammy nothing but the best for his future life away from Speedway.”

(SPEEDWAY 4)

JOSH Auty faces a spell out of action after being admitted to hospital with appendicitis.The 23-year-old has recently hit form for Scunthorpe after a slow start to the season, having been the Scorpions’ No.1 in both 2012 and 2013. He is currently third in the club’s averages.Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Josh is having the operation to remove his appendix. We wish Josh well, and hope he has a speedy recovery.“Until he is fit to return, we will use rider replacement in his absence.”

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THURSDAY JULY 17:ELITE LEAGUE: Swindon v Leicester 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Glasgow 7.30, Redcar v Workington 7.30, Sheffield v Newcastle 7.30

FRIDAY JULY 18:ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Belle Vue 7.30, Lakeside v Eastbourne 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Workington 7.30, Plymouth v Glasgow 7.15, Scunthorpe v Rye House 7.30, Somerset v Newcastle 7.30

SATURDAY JULY 19:ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Poole 7.30, Leicester v Lakeside 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Rye House v Peterborough 7pm, Workington v Somerset 7pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP Q/F 1st leg: Berwick v Edinburgh 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v King’s Lynn 7pm

SUNDAY JULY 20:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Sheffield 3pm, Newcastle v Berwick 6.30, Peterborough v Edinburgh 5pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Mildenhall 3pmBRITISH 125cc FINAL: Peterborough 2.30