SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

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TONY Mole, the man who revived speedway in Birmingham back in 2007, is helping the Brummies get back on the comeback trail again!Kidderminster-based Mole has revealed how he has purchased speedway plant, machinery and equipment at Perry Barr from the administrators appointed after the collapse of the Alan and Charles Phillips promotion in July which saw the club fold mid-season – and he is now calling a meeting of potential investors.Mole said: “New investment will be required to finance the purchase from the BSPA cash bonds, licence fees and rider retained list of Birmingham Brummies Speedway plus out of season expenditure and working capital.“Invitations will be sent to all substantial sponsors and financially interested parties where financial pledges will be requested.”

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OLIVER Greenwood was crowned British Under-19 Champion with a 15-point maximum at Kent on Monday.The Coventry asset, who rides for Rye House in the Premier League and his parent club in the National League, went through the card at Central Park with five wins out of five.Josh Bates, winner of the British Under-21 Championship earlier in the season, finished second on 14 points with Jack Kingston (13) third.Rye House and Kent manager John Sampford said: “We’re absolutely delighted for Ollie. Tonight, he delivered on the rich potential that we know he possesses. “There were three other riders who had a realistic chance of winning the title, but when he defeated two of them in Heat 4, it dictated much of the tone for the rest of the meeting.”

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LEICESTER have parted company with skipper Mads Korneliussen on the eve of their final Elite League fixture of the season.The decision to axe Korneliussen stemmed from a crash he had in the home fixture against Swindon when he had to withdraw from the meeting following an injury resulting from a fall, and he subsequently missed the Lions’ trip to Belle Vue having continued racing abroad.Manager Norrie Allan said: “Mads had to miss his last ride after that fall which was quite understandable and supported by the club. He then rode the next day for his Polish club, (but) dropped out of our fixture on Monday at Belle Vue which meant that I had to cover for his absence with a Premier League guest. I was alerted to the fact that he then rode in Sweden on Tuesday and Denmark on Wednesday. “It is never easy to part company with a rider especially when it is your captain who you look to set an example to the rest of the team, but our good wishes go with Mads and I thank him for the part he has played at Leicester.”

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POOLE kept up the pressure at the top of the Elite League table with an impressive 50-40 win at fellow play-off qualifiers Coventry on Monday.Skipper Maciej Janowski scored 13 points from five rides and there were also major contributions from Josh Grajczonek (12+1) and Kyle Newman (11+2) as the Pirates went back to the top of the table on points difference, with King’s Lynn having one match in hand.Coventry lost Kyle Howarth in a Heat 1 crash, as the British youngster was taken to hospital for checks on facial injuries, and Chris Harris led their scoring on 12 as the Bees suffered their first home defeat since early May.Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “I think Magic (Janowski) showed why he has that nickname. He was in awesome form and was only beaten by Kenneth Hansen all evening, but I was also equally impressed with the contributions of Dak North and Richard Lawson. Both began a little slowly but came up with some big points when it mattered.“With Kyle continuing his rich vein of form and Josh winning for fun after his opening third place this was a performance to be proud of.”Coventry manager Gary Havelock said: “The track was very smooth and slick, and the Poole boys were just better out of the start than us, and our lads just couldn’t find a way past.“That’s the way it is I guess, and it’s better to have a meeting like this now than have it in the play-offs. It could be worse, we could have needed to win this to get into the play-offs.”Meanwhile Belle Vue moved further clear of the bottom of the table by taking five points from their Elite League double-header against Eastbourne.The Aces won the first meeting 52-40 with Scott Nicholls scoring a paid maximum, whilst the Eagles did gain a consolation point after a tough run on the road with a narrower outcome in the second as Belle Vue prevailed 47-43 – Nicholls again being unbeaten from four rides.Nicholls said: “It was a very long night for all of us but to come out of it with two great wins makes it all worthwhile. Everybody dug deep and gave it everything they had, and we delivered a great team performance as a result.“Eastbourne seemed a lot stronger in the second leg than they did in the first, almost as if they'd discovered the key to the track. They were definitely more on the pace but nonetheless our boys performed well and we managed to get the two wins.”In the Premier League Knockout Cup, Newcastle will take a 16-point lead to Glasgow for the second leg of their quarter-final after a 53-37 win over the Tigers at Brough Park.Ludvig Lindgren scored a six-ride paid maximum for the Diamonds with Stuart Robson and Danny King also in double figures, whilst the visitors were unable to build on three early heat wins with Theo Pijper leading their resistance on 11 as the home side pulled clear in the latter stages.Newcastle boss George English said: “That was a hard-fought match and the lads rose so well to the occasion in the latter half of the meeting to give us a fighting chance to make that semi-final with Edinburgh, although we're going to try and win up at Glasgow too and take the rest as it comes.”

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KING’S LYNN still need points to finish top of the Elite League table as they go into their final home fixture against Lakeside.Scott Nicholls guests for the injured Niels-Kristian Iversen at the Norfolk Arena with the Stars currently second in the table, behind Poole on points-difference.They have tonight’s fixture and a trip to Belle Vue next Monday to pick up at least five points which would guarantee top place, whilst the Pirates wrap up their regular campaign at Leicester on Wednesday and know another away win would increase the pressure further.The team finishing top of the table has choice of opposition in the play-off semi-finals, and also choice of order of legs, with Coventry and Swindon completing the quartet to battle for the title.

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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16:ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Lakeside 7.30

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17:ELITE LEAGUE: Leicester v Poole 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: King’s Lynn v Stoke 7.30

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18:PREMIER LEAGUE: Sheffield v Plymouth 7.30TEESSIDE SILVER HELMET: Redcar 7.30

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19:PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFF: Edinburgh v Berwick 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Plymouth v Sheffield 7.15


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