WOLVERHAMPTON have confirmed fast-improving Swede Jacob Thorssell as their first signing for the 2015 Elite League season.Thorssell will officially sign at a sponsor event early in the New Year – and the Monmore club are also in talks with their former No.1 Freddie Lindgren, who took a season out of British racing in 2014.Promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “We need to establish whether he would like to come ‘home’ to Monmore for the 2015 season. But as a word of caution, because his average is 8.94 the discussions will have a limited timescale as his inclusion would dictate the way we go about building the rest of the top five.“Jacob will be coming over for the Parrys International Open Day. This is when we will be finalising his contract for the 2015 season but all the terms have been agreed and I’m sure the Wolverhampton supporters will be delighted about that.”
GREAT Britain international Danny King is returning to Ipswich as the Witches’ new No.1 for their Premier League campaign next year.King left Foxhall for Birmingham when the Witches exited the Elite League after the 2010 campaign, but has been doubling-up since May 2014, riding for Newcastle in the Premier League and seeing out the top flight season with Lakeside after the Brummies’ closure.Co-promoter Chris Louis said: “It is fantastic to have Danny back at Ipswich, which is of course where his professional career began when my dad gave him his opportunity back in 2003. I’ve always had a great relationship with Danny and I feel he is just the right sort of racer and character to take our team forward. “The two-year limit on doubling-up obviously puts a limit on his Premier League availability, but who knows where the club will be in two years’ time? From my point of view, signing a local lad who is well liked by fans, officials and riders alike, as well as a proven entertainer, is the best possible start to our team building for 2015.”
AUSTRALIAN star Ryan Douglas is a confirmed starter for Scunthorpe next season, which will be his third campaign in Scorpions colours.Douglas made rapid progress in 2014, moving up from the reserve berth after some huge scores in the early weeks of the season, and he maintained his home form from the No.5 position.Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Ryan has become a Scunthorpe lad through-and-through. He’s now part of the furniture and he fits in very well. He is always looking to push himself forward, and he’s bought two very good bikes from Darcy Ward.“Ryan has got it all – he can gate, and he come from behind. He flies around our place, and is getting better all the time on the other tracks. He’s come so far in the last two years, and I expect him to be in contention for the No 1 race-jacket at Scunthorpe next season.”
PETERBOROUGH co-owners Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney have given their full backing to the club’s survival attempt.While they remain unable to assume hands-on control due to business and family commitments, they are ready to boost the rescue package put together by long-serving co-promoter Trevor Swales and Ged Rathbone by offering to become main team sponsors for 2015 – and to contribute that cash even if another major backer can be sourced. The Panthers have until November 30 to declare their intention to run.Mahoney said: “We have offered for Readypower to act as main team sponsors. We are more than willing to step aside, while still putting in the money, if another major sponsor can be sourced.“Trevor and Ged are the only people to have shown interest in keeping the club going and we have given them as much support as we possibly can. Myself and Rick very much hope the club can race on in 2015 and beyond.”
KING’S Lynn Young Stars have made their first signing for 2015 with Tom Stokes returning to the Norfolk Arena club.The local youngster made his speedway comeback midway through the campaign just ended and achieved an impressive 6.95 average.Manager Dale Allitt said: “Tom is one of our brightest talents coming through the system. He came back to the sport with great form and I am confident he will continue and improve next season.“It’s great that we have started our team building early on and having Tom in the team is a real boost."
TOM Bacon will graduate from the Midland Development League into the National League having agreed to join Mildenhall for the 2015 season.21-year-old Bacon is the son of former Coventry rider Mike, who competed in the 1980s, and he is also set to continue his speedway education with a team place for Milton Keynes – who race home matches at West Row – in the MDL.Mildenhall chairman Kevin Jolly said: “We are very pleased to have secured Tom as a club asset. We knew other clubs would be chasing his signature with promising three point riders being very sought after this year, so we moved quickly to make sure we got our man. “Tom is a sensible and professional lad with good family support and good equipment and we are confident he will develop well as the season progresses. We are again grateful to our friends from Milton Keynes for offering Tom a place with them as well and with both Tom and Connor (King) in their line-up there will be plenty of interest for our supporters in the second halves at West Row this coming season.”
BIRMINGHAM promoter Tony Mole says he’s been overwhelmed by the response to the club’s revival this week.The Brummies are set to enter a team in the National League in 2015, with their application to be considered at the AGM on December 9.Mole said: “Everything has been positive and I am grateful for that. But the proof of whether it’s viable will only be when the season starts and we start racing. “We need every single Birmingham fan to turn out and support us. I see this as the first step back on the speedway ladder but it won’t go any further if the support isn’t there.”