British Speedway Weekly Bulletin

BRITISH SPEEDWAY ROLL OF HONOUR 2014

ELITE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: TBCELITE LEAGUE RUNNERS-UP: TBCELITE SHIELD: PooleELITE LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Troy Batchelor (Swindon)PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: TBCPREMIER LEAGUE RUNNERS-UP: TBCPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP: TBCLEAGUE CUP: TBCPREMIER SHIELD: SomersetPREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Simon Stead (Sheffield)PREMIER LEAGUE FOURS: SomersetPREMIER LEAGUE PAIRS: EdinburghNATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: TBCNATIONAL LEAGUE RUNNERS-UP: TBCNATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP: TBCNATIONAL TROPHY: MildenhallNATIONAL SHIELD: CradleyNATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Dan Halsey (Mildenhall)NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS: TBC – Coventry, Sunday October 26 (2.30pm)NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS: StokeMIDLAND DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: TBCMIDLAND DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPION: TBCNORTHERN JUNIOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: CastlefordNORTHERN JUNIOR LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPION: Ryan MacDonald (Berwick)WORLD CHAMPION: TBCBRITISH CHAMPION: Tai Woffinden (Wolverhampton)BRITISH UNDER-21 CHAMPION: Josh Bates (Leicester/Sheffield/Mildenhall)BRITISH UNDER-19 CHAMPION: Oliver Greenwood (Rye House/Coventry Storm)BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPION: (500cc) Luke Harris; (250cc) Lewis Whitmore; (150cc) Tom Brennan; (125cc) Kyle BickleyBRITISH GRAND PRIX: Greg Hancock (USA)ELITE LEAGUE LATEST…

BELLE VUE have confirmed construction materials and machinery have begun moving onto the site of the new National Speedway Stadium.Over the next few days, contractors ISG will continue their preparations of the site in anticipation of breaking ground on the project next week.COVENTRY boss Gary Havelock said he was always confident the Bees could make a good fist of defending their eight-point first leg lead at Swindon in the play-off semi-finals – with a 50-45 win at Blunsdon taking them into the Final.Havelock said: “I certainly expected us to run them close on the night, and I was absolutely certain that there was no way we’d perform as badly as we did here last time.“All season I’ve been delighted with our team, and I don’t think there’s one meeting where I could have criticised one of them for effort. As I’ve said before, backs to the wall is when you find out about your team, and we’ve certainly found out a lot about these riders during the season.”KING’S LYNN boss Rob Lyon remains optimistic the Stars can reach the Elite League Grand Final, as they head back to Poole on Thursday for the re-arrangement of their second leg tie.Lyon said: “We need to go out and enjoy it. The boys know what is on the line and we don’t want to put too much pressure on it. I am going to tell them to go out and enjoy it and make it a memorable night for themselves and go and do the job.“They know what is at stake and what has to be done. I just want them to express themselves, give maximum effort. We are quite confident we can go down there and get a result.”POOLE will have Maciej Janowski available for the continuation of their title defence after the Pole had initially been ruled out of the second leg of their semi-final against King’s Lynn due to an arm injury.Promoter Matt Ford said: “It looked certain that, the way he was feeling, he wouldn't be up to the task and so I booked Dave Watt as cover. But I received a call from a much brighter sounding Magic telling me that he was beginning to feel better and that he really wanted to do his bit for the club and to count him in for the meeting."He said he would never want to let the club down and with the arm improving he could see no reason why he would have to sit it out after all and I have always claimed that I would prefer to have my own riders riding for the club, riders that the fans can feel some allegiance to and so we are delighted to have him in the side.”SWINDON manager Alun Rossiter was frustrated but complimentary to his opponents as Coventry took the Robins out of the Elite League title race with a 50-45 play-off win at Blunsdon on Monday.Rossiter said: “Full credit to Coventry – they were really up for it and riding well so we were just beaten by a better team in the end. They were making starts and we just couldn’t get off the line, we weren’t fast enough away from the gate and with the track the way it was we made things hard for ourselves.“It was a really disappointing night for us as we were desperate to make it to the Final, so it was a bad way for our season to end.”OLIVER Berntzon, one of Sweden's great hopes for the future, will make his first appearance at Wolverhampton on their eagerly awaited Banks's Olympique on Tuesday, October 14.Promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “Once again we have an exciting blend of entertaining riders and new faces which makes this event such a success and a good way to bring the curtain down on the season.“The countdown is very much on and we are delighted to welcome Jodie Stimpson as our guest of honour.”

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BERWICK close out the Shielfield Park season on Saturday with a play-off match against Workington which also doubles-up as the first leg of the Border Trophy.Club director George Hepburn said: “We’re very proud to be in the play-offs for the first time in our history. Adding the Border Trophy to the play-off pecking order will make every point in both matches even-more-vital to the aggregate result, ensuring the usual Bandits/Comets 'edge' is fully evident, I think!”EDINBURGH will stage a double-header on Friday with Newcastle visiting in the re-arranged first leg of the KO Cup semi-final, and the Monarchs then take a two-point lead into the second leg of the League Cup Final against Peterborough.Manager Alex Harkess said: “The Diamonds ran us very close on their last visit but we’ve got to ensure this time that we build a big lead to take down to Newcastle on Sunday.”GLASGOW have re-arranged their final Premier League match of the season with Workington for Sunday October 26, and will also welcome Berwick in the League Cup on the previous Sunday.IPSWICH missed out on taking points from their play-off group fixture at Scunthorpe on Friday, their 41-49 defeat meaning the trip to Somerset on Friday is now crucial.The Witches took maximum points from their home matches but now need to avoid defeat by seven or more points at the Oaktree Arena in order to reach the Final.NEWCASTLE are out to create a KO Cup upset when they take on Edinburgh in this weekend’s semi-final, starting at Armadale on Friday with the return at Brough Park on Sunday.Manager George English said: “Edinburgh are a good side but if we are on our game and ride as well as we did in the last meeting it will be all to ride for in the second leg. We go into the tie as underdogs which suits us and hopefully we can pull off a shock. We need to keep the scores close going into the second leg because they ride our track well.”PETERBOROUGH chief Mick Horton is to end his second stint in charge of the club at the end of the current season, leaving the Panthers’ future uncertain going into the winter.Horton said: “I didn't come into it expecting to make money and I could have lived with losing a little bit, but we're talking losses of around £60,000. Unfortunately I was let down by some potential investors and the crowds just haven't been good enough. “The move to a Tuesday race-night certainly couldn't be classed as a success but our Sunday home meetings have all been well attended and I'm hopeful that someone will step in to ensure this great sport continues in Peterborough.”SCUNTHORPE stage their final fixture of the season on Sunday when local rivals Sheffield visit in the Premier League, followed by the National League clash with Buxton.Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We’ll also be honouring the legendary Kenny Smith, our former team manager and co-promoter, who did so much for the Scorpions in our first few years at the Eddie Wright Raceway before cancer took him away from us in 2009. The winner of Heat 15 of our match against the Tigers will receive the Kenny Smith Memorial Shield for 12 months.”SHEFFIELD will launch the 2015 season in style – with a benefit meeting for hugely popular former club captain Ricky Ashworth on March 22.Ashworth, a former Premier League Riders’ Champion, saw his career ended in a horror crash last season and was in hospital for a year.Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates said: “We are only too pleased to host this meeting and I have no doubt the place will be packed. We feel this is an appropriate way to start the 2015 season.”SOMERSET need to defeat Ipswich by seven or more points at the Oaktree Arena on Friday if the defending champions are to reach the Premier League Grand Final for a third successive season.Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “Apart from the Grand Final itself, matches don’t come much bigger than this. Friday night is a must win match for us, so the rally call is for all those Somerset Rebels fans out there to get down to the Oaktree Arena on Friday night and get behind the team as they bid to qualify for what would be an unprecedented third successive Championship Grand Final.”WORKINGTON complete their Premier League play-off fixtures this weekend with home and away clashes with their oldest rivals the Berwick Bandits - although with both clubs now out of contention for a place in the play-off Grand Final the two promotions have resurrected the Border Trophy for the aggregate winners over the two matches to add a bit of spice to proceedings.Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “During our first era in the 1970’s we contested the Border Trophy every season and then, when Tony Mole re-introduced the sport to Derwent Park in 1999 we did so again. However, for one reason or another, this annual contest has unfortunately fallen off the agenda in recent seasons.“But, we both decided that now was as good a time as any to bring the traditional battle for the trophy back. It has always aroused plenty of interest between the two clubs down the years and we are sure that this year will be no different. Just as importantly, now that we have revived the competition after a few years absence both clubs are keen to re-instate it as an annual event and get it back onto our calendar next year if possible.”FIXTURE PICTURE…

TUESDAY OCTOBER 7:CHALLENGE: Cradley v Birmingham 7.30

THURSDAY OCTOBER 9:ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 2nd leg: Poole v King’s Lynn 7.30

FRIDAY OCTOBER 10:PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS: Somerset v Ipswich 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 1st leg: Edinburgh v Newcastle 7pmLEAGUE CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Edinburgh v Peterborough (follows PLKOC fixture)NATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Mildenhall 7.15CHALLENGE: Kent v Arena-Essex 6.30

SATURDAY OCTOBER 11:PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS/BORDER TROPHY 1st leg: Berwick v Workington 7pm

SUNDAY OCTOBER 12:PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS/BORDER TROPHY 2nd leg: Workington v Berwick 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Sheffield 5pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 2nd leg: Newcastle v Edinburgh 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Buxton (follows PL fixture)

MONDAY OCTOBER 13:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Coventry v King’s Lynn/Poole 7.30

TUESDAY OCTOBER 14:BANKS’S OLYMPIQUE: Wolverhampton 7.30

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: King’s Lynn/Poole v Coventry 7.30

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16:16-LAPPER: Ipswich 7.30

SATURDAY OCTOBER 18:PREMIER LEAGUE: Workington v Edinburgh 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Stoke 7.15

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19:LEAGUE CUP: Glasgow v Berwick 3.15

MONDAY OCTOBER 20:NATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Coventry v Cradley 7.30

TUESDAY OCTOBER 21:NATIONAL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Cradley v Coventry 7.30

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22:NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 1st leg: King’s Lynn v Cradley 7.30


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