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: EdinburghPREMIER 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: Greg Hancock (USA)BRITISH 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…

COVENTRY skipper Chris Harris says his side will be ready for the Elite League Grand Final whoever they face, as they await news of their opponents later this week.Harris said: “We’ve got one of the best away records in the league, we’ve won at a lot of places and the team spirit is great. We take the mickey out of each other, we have a lot of banter but we get down to the serious stuff as well at the same time.“It’s been a fantastic year, the fans have been fantastic too and we just ask them to come out in force on Friday, whoever we’re against, just like they did in 2010.”KING’S LYNN have named an unchanged team for their re-arranged play-off semi-final at Poole on Wednesday.The Stars once again bring in Chris Harris and Jason Garrity to replace injured duo Niels-Kristian Iversen and Lewis Kerr, as they look to reach the Final for the first time in their history.LEICESTER promoter David Hemsley says securing the services of 2014 No.1 Jason Doyle for next season will be one of his main priorities of winter team-building.Hemsley said: “The one big positive to take from the season was the arrival of Jason Doyle on the world stage and he has deservedly earned his place in next season’s Grand Prix series, which of course presents us with a challenge if he decides to return for a second season at Leicester as each of the rounds of the competition are staged on Saturdays, our normal race night, but that will not get in the way of talking to Jason.“He is my top priority to secure his signature for 2015. He became an instant hit with Lions fans and I know that they will be delighted if talks come to fruition.”POOLE were finally beaten by the weather last Thursday in the second attempt to stage their play-off semi-final against King’s Lynn, and the two teams will now try again this Wednesday.Promoter Matt Ford said: “Gerald Richter and Neil Golding did sterling work on the track (last Wednesday) despite the rain we had at times, and they have been able to repair the hole that caused the problems.”WOLVERHAMPTON owner Chris Van Straaten has revealed how weeks of hard work have been washed away with the postponement of the club’s major individual meeting, the Banks’s Olympique.Van Straaten said: “It’s a major disappointment for the sponsors, the restaurant was fully booked for this meeting, the riders, fans and track staff, I feel for them all. This has taken weeks of hard work.“We had every intention to make it happen if at all possible, but we had to admit defeat and in all my years involved in this sport the weather remains the biggest cause of frustration.”

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BERWICK rounded off their home season with a hard-fought 48-41 home win over Workington with the match only being secured by a 5-1 in the last race from Kevin Doolan and Claus Vissing.Manager John Anderson said: “It was great to end our home season – a great season – on another win to put ourselves seven up to go to the return fixture at Workington, and a lot of the credit has to go to Kevin Doolan who has found a seriously purple patch of form of late and is scoring wins for fun.”EDINBURGH secured an incredible 19th away win of the season at Newcastle on Sunday as they completed qualification for the KO Cup Final with a double victory over the Diamonds.Manager John Campbell said: “We were six points down after Heat 10 and I went round the boys and asked them if they wanted to lose. Three races later we were in the lead. You can’t ask for a better response than that from this marvellous team of ours.”GLASGOW face Berwick at Ashfield on Sunday in their remaining League Cup group fixture, whilst the following week sees the Tigers take on Workington in the Premier League.IPSWICH co-promoter Chris Louis says the Witches were close to a shock win at Somerset on Friday in the Premier League play-offs, as they now turn their attention to the KO Cup Final.Louis said: “The scoreline down at Somerset really didn’t tell the story of an entertaining meeting. The whole team battled hard to grab every point on offer until Heat 11, which proved the turning point in the meeting. However I do know our riders want to go out on a high and what better way than to stop the Edinburgh Monarchs winning all the PL trophies this year!”NEWCASTLE exited the Knockout Cup at the hands of Edinburgh over the weekend leaving boss George English looking to the future at Brough Park.English said: “It was certainly a season of maybes and might have-beens where we had so much promise and potential that just never came to fruition, but 2015 is a different season and one where we might realise our successes we've missed this year.”PETERBOROUGH boss Carl Johnson was satisfied with the Panthers’ display in the second leg of the League Cup Final at Edinburgh, but now admits the most important thing is keeping the club going for 2015.Johnson said: “We put up a much better showing than Newcastle had managed beforehand in their KO Cup semi-final and I must thank the supporters who travelled up to Scotland to get behind us. We managed to fill a minibus and everyone made it one piece despite breaking down on the way! It is a shame we couldn’t win the trophy for the fans, but the main thing now is working hard to ensure we still have a club next year.”SCUNTHORPE kept up their remarkable run of success against local rivals Sheffield, their 55-39 win on Sunday being their eighth in succession against the Tigers.Manager Dave Peet said: “It was good to finish off with a win. Thomas Jorgensen and David Howe provided the backbone for us, while Todd Kurtz was a fantastic guest.”SHEFFIELD co-promoter Damien Bates thanked the riders who stepped in for the Tigers in their final match of an injury-hit campaign at Scunthorpe last Sunday.Bates said: “Some riders have already packed their things away for the winter, but we had riders who were only too happy to come along and help us out and it is appreciated. In addition I would like to thank the Sheffield fans who made the trip – and all the fans who have supported us in what has been a difficult first season for the new management team.”SOMERSET boss Garry May says he always had faith in the Rebels’ ability to reach the Premier League Grand Final for a third successive season.May said: “Very few, if any, of the speedway pundits gave us any chance of reaching the final once again when asked for their predictions at the start of the season - in fact most predicted that we would just scrape into the play-offs. But I knew this team had the ability to go all the way when I first put it together.”WORKINGTON must race their home play-off fixture with Berwick again after the first attempt to race the fixture at Derwent Park last Saturday was abandoned after just two heats due to track conditions arising from the wet weather leading up to the fixture.Comets co-promoter and team manager Tony Jackson said: “After an entertaining meeting at Berwick the previous evening, which also counted as the first leg of the Border Trophy between the two clubs, it was very disappointing for this fixture to become the eighth Workington home meeting to be postponed or abandoned this season.“The track staff had worked tirelessly all day to transform the wet circuit ready to race. However, once the meeting got underway the riders found that there was too much grip in the surface to race safely, leading to the referee calling a halt to proceedings. We now have to try and agree a new date with the Bandits for this fixture to be re-staged. Meanwhile we hope to complete our home league programme this Saturday when table-topping Edinburgh visit Derwent Park, leaving us with just the second away league fixture at Glasgow to race in order to complete the league programme this year.”FIXTURE PICTURE…

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15:ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg: Poole v King’s Lynn 7.30

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16:PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 1st leg: Ipswich v Edinburgh 7.30

FRIDAY OCTOBER 17:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Coventry v Poole/King’s Lynn 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Edinburgh v Ipswich 7.30TUNNEL TROPHY: Kent v Arena-Essex 6.30

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

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

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

THURSDAY OCTOBER 23:BOB KILBY MEMORIAL, Swindon 7.3016-LAP CLASSIC: Ipswich 7.30

FRIDAY OCTOBER 24:PREMIER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Somerset v Edinburgh 7.30

SATURDAY OCTOBER 25:PREMIER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Edinburgh v Somerset 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Buxton 7.15

SUNDAY OCTOBER 26:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Workington 3pmNATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS: Coventry 2.30

TUESDAY OCTOBER 28:NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Cradley v King’s Lynn 7.30

FRIDAY OCTOBER 31:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Coventry 7.15


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