SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

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THE fourth attempt to stage the Poole/King’s Lynn Elite League play-off semi-final at Wimborne Road will take place on Thursday.Bad weather once again intervened in Wednesday’s planned running of the meeting, in which the Pirates have a one-point lead from the first leg whilst Coventry await the winners in the Final.The Premier League Knockout Cup Final gets underway at Ipswich, with the Witches looking to take a first-leg lead ahead of their return trip to Edinburgh on Friday.Both teams have named full-strength line-ups with Gino Manzares fit to return for the home side after a heavy fall at Somerset last week.Edinburgh skipper Derek Sneddon said: “It’s been a long season for us but we’re at the business end of it now. After winning the League Cup last week the boys are all fired up to add another trophy to our collection this week.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

PLANS to revive the Birmingham Brummies Speedway team for the 2015 season are gathering pace.Tony Mole, the man fronting a bid to see the sport return to Perry Barr next March, rates the chances as ‘better than 50/50’ as he has a series of meetings planned with potential sponsors and investors.Mole said: “I don’t want to build up people’s hopes too much, but I am hoping to be able to make a presentation to the Management Committee of the British Speedway Promoters’ Association in the near future.“I have a series of meetings still in the pipeline and I am very much hoping these will help us reach our target to enable us to apply for membership to one of the senior leagues.”

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SITE setup work has commenced in Manchester at the location of the new National Speedway Stadium.The development will lie at the heart of the new Belle Vue Sports Village, with the Aces planning to move into their state-of-the-art home in time for the 2016 season.Belle Vue CEO David Gordon said: “After years of hard work and patience, we are absolutely delighted to see the builders moving equipment onto the site.“Because of the scale of the development the overall setup will take approximately 4-6 weeks. But that’s something all large projects have to adhere to, and this has been factored into the overall timescale of the build.“It will enable the contractors to do what they need to do in the most efficient manner, so that by 2016 we will have a stadium worthy of its national status.”

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SOMERSET have been granted an extension to their planning which will enable the club to stage a Saturday meeting in future seasons.This would be used for a major event and also includes the provision of a two-hour morning practice session. The club’s maximum of 30 meetings per season remains unchanged.Co-promoter Debbie Hancock said: “We have been granted an extension which will allow us to stage one Saturday meeting at the Oaktree Arena per year which in turn means that we could possibly stage a big National or International event here in the future.”“It’s important to plan for the future, and if we could do something major on a Saturday it would be great for us and really put us on the world speedway map. It would also be good for the area as a whole especially the local businesses. Everyone would benefit from it, from the local petrol station up the road to hotels and B&B’s.”

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 16:ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg: Poole v King’s Lynn 7.30: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


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