SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

(SPEEDWAY 1)MAX Fricke is chasing a major events double when he takes his place in the Edinburgh line-up for the Premier League Fours at Peterborough.The Australian youngster combined with Sam Masters to win the Pairs for the Monarchs at Somerset last month, and is now joined by Craig Cook and Steve Worrall in Sunday’s showpiece event.Fricke said: “For me and Sam to come away with a win in a meeting like that was an awesome moment and a great experience. It was a brilliant night all-round so hopefully we can carry that confidence through to the Fours and hopefully do the same again.“I never got the chance to ride in the Fours last year, so I’m really looking forward to it. Peterborough isn’t a track I’ve ridden that much but I’ve enjoyed it in the past, so I think it’s going to be interesting.”


SOMERSET were made to work hard before securing a 49-40 win over injury-hit Sheffield in Tuesday’s Premier League clash at the Oaktree Arena.The Tigers, who had received excellent news earlier in the day with Andre Compton released from hospital after his horror crash the previous evening, led by two points at the half-way stage.The home side, however, were inspired by Charles Wright with an impressive 17-point haul, and they pulled clear with Wright’s Heat 15 win ensuring all three points to consolidate the Rebels’ second position in the table.Somerset boss Garry May said: “That was a hard fought win and all credit to Sheffield for making us work as hard as we did for the victory, though we didn’t help ourselves which made things all the harder for us”“Wrighty had an absolutely cracking meeting and was the star of the show, with Pontus (Aspgren) and Todd (Kurtz) giving him good back up. I think we definitely missed Olly (Allen), not just for his scoring prowess around the Oaktree Arena, but for that bit of experience needed when things aren’t quite going your way, but when all is said and done, we got all three league points which was the main objective.”Sheffield co-promoter Peter Mole said: “We gave Somerset a fright after a tough night on Monday and we have to feel very proud of their efforts.“Special thanks to the guest riders and also to our travelling fans who were brilliant.”Meanwhile in-form Steve Worrall gave Cradley a home winner of the Golden Hammer with his 14-point haul seeing him edge out Kyle Newman (13) with Simon Lambert (11) third at Monmore.Worrall said: “I'm over the moon. Now I'm a Cradley rider and with the form I've been in I was desperate to win it, so I'm so happy I pulled it off.“I didn't have things all my own way and I wasn't making great starts, so I feel like I really earned it and I'm delighted to have come out on top.”


RYE House stage a rare Wednesday evening Premier League fixture with Redcar providing the opposition at Hoddesdon.The home side expect to have Edward Kennett fit despite suffering a heavy blow to his shoulder in a Heat 1 crash at Newcastle on Sunday as they target a move off the bottom of the table.Rockets boss John Sampford said: “This one is all about victory and getting us away from the wooden spoon position. We’ve made two rider changes, in Anders (Mellgren) and Oliver (Greenwood), and hopefully they’ll give us the impetus that we need to get away from the bottom.“I’m expecting Edward to be OK against Redcar. I pulled him out of Heat 15 at Newcastle as a precautionary measure in order to avoid aggravating anything and since there was nothing resting on the race, but he’s had a few days since to heal up.”Meanwhile King’s Lynn host Devon in the National League at the Norfolk Arena with Tom Stokes re-joining the Young Stars after a season-and-a-half out.Stokes takes the place of the retired Kyle Hughes, whilst Devon bring in Simon Lambert to replace the unavailable Tim Webster and operate rider-replacement for Matt Bates.


WEDNESDAY JULY 30:PREMIER LEAGUE: Rye House v Redcar 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Devon 7.30

THURSDAY JULY 31: PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Berwick 7.30, Redcar v Newcastle 7.30

FRIDAY AUGUST 1:PREMIER LEAGUE: Plymouth v Sheffield 7.15, Scunthorpe v Berwick 7.30, Somerset v Ipswich 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Coventry v Stoke 7.30SCOTTISH OPEN: Edinburgh 7.30


SUNDAY AUGUST 3:PREMIER LEAGUE FOURS: Peterborough 2.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Devon 3pm, Stoke v Cradley 6pm