KING’S Lynn promoter Keith Chapman is pleased to have been able to step in to host the Elite League Riders’ Championship. The event takes place at the Norfolk Arena on Thursday and an ongoing programme of improvements at the venue now include a new bar and function suite which opened in time for this summer’s World Cup.
Chapman said: “As a club we have always looked to improve, not just on the track but also with the stadium and its facilities. “Over the years we have invested heavily to make the Norfolk Arena one of the best places to watch motor sports. We take great pride in staging large events, I would say that’s what drives our desire to continue improving the stadium. “The ELRC is a meeting that I have always looked forward to and a highlight on the British calendar, and I hope it is full of close, competitive and hard-fought racing.”
(SPEEDWAY 2) SCUNTHORPE have been hit by a double injury blow as they prepare to go into Premier League play-off action this week. Ryan Douglas and skipper Ashley Birks are both ruled out of the Scorpions’ next two matches, starting at Ipswich on Thursday, due to scaphoid injuries.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “The same happened to us in 2012, when Josh Auty and Nick Morris got injured. I nearly didn’t go up to our meeting at Edinburgh that year, but we got the point that made all the difference and we ended up winning the whole thing. “We did it then and we can do it again this year. We’ve got a team of tough characters who give their best when our backs are to the wall, and will come out fighting. We’ll go into both meetings this week still looking to pick up points, and then we’ll see where we are for next week’s two meetings, when hopefully Ash and Ryan are back.”
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CRADLEY and Mildenhall were beaten by the weather at Monmore on Tuesday with their National League play-off semi-final abandoned after seven races. The Heathens were leading 26-16 but the tie will be re-staged its entirety and is expected to take place next Tuesday, September 30.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “It's just so frustrating for everyone here, and we've just not had any luck with the weather. Unfortunately the rain just wasn't going to relent so it was the right decision in the end. “We'll just have to try again next week, and hopefully the weather will be kinder to us and we can put in a good performance to build up a big lead.”
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25: ELITE LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: King’s Lynn 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS: Ipswich v Scunthorpe 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Sheffield v Edinburgh 7.30
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26: ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Wolverhampton 7pm PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS: Edinburgh v Workington 7.30, Scunthorpe v Somerset 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Plymouth v Ipswich 7.15 NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Coventry v Cradley (follows EL fixture)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27: PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS: Workington v Edinburgh 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Stoke v King’s Lynn 7pm
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28: NATIONAL RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Rye House 2pm PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP Q/F 2nd leg: Glasgow v Newcastle 5pm