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EASTBOURNE chairman Martin Dugard says David Mason’s influence on the National League newcomers has already been considerable.Mason has been confirmed by the Eagles as their No.1 rider for 2015 and his knowledge of the league is being put to good use by Dugard and his son Connor.Martin Dugard said: “We are very much the new boys and had little prior knowledge of the league. David has helped plug many of those gaps and we will continue to draw on his experience.”Mason, who will have a key role working with team’s younger riders in the pits, added: “I have giventhem a insight into the league and they are keeping me in the loop. We are already working together. Riding for Eastbourne is a dream come true.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

TOM Woolley will return for a third season with Buxton in 2015.The Burton-based youngster saw his progress this year affected by riding through the pain barrier of a broken scaphoid, and the Hitmen feel they can now take advantage of an artificially low average for Woolley.He said: “It’s great to be back at Buxton and it’s shaping up to be a really exciting year. Last season the team spirit was something else and hopefully it will be the same again.“I don’t set myself targets, but I am aiming to improve my average and help the team out. With a bit of luck I think it's going to be a good year and I'm so glad to be back.”

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COVENTRY Storm have made their sixth signing for 2015 by bringing Stefan Farnaby to the club.Farnaby makes the move to Brandon after spending his debut National League campaign with Buxton, and he will team up with Conor Dwyer at reserve for the Storm.Manager Laurence Rogers said: “Stefan is a Berwick asset so although he doesn’t belong to us, it was a case of looking through the options available and having the opportunity to bring in a rider who has had a year’s experience and has good equipment and a good attitude.“(Bees manager) Gary Havelock saw Stefan ride towards the end of the year at Redcar and mentioned him, and I’ve watched him ride too and there’s definitely something there, so hopefully he will progress under our system.”

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GLASGOW have been bought by city businessmen Michael and Gerry Facenna in a deal which clears the club’s debt and also gives them ownership of Ashfield Stadium.The duo’s company Allied Vehicles Ltd will also invest as the Tigers’ main sponsor and there will be significant stadium improvements to help secure the future of both the speedway and Ashfield FC, with the junior football side playing there rent-free.Gerry Facenna said: “It would have been a tragedy for Glasgow to lose two such historic sporting institutions. My brother Michael and I decided we wanted to give something back to the community and saw an opportunity to help both the Tigers speedway and Ashfield football club. “However, we believed we couldn't make a success of this without significantly improving facilities for fans. This needs a substantial investment which we are prepared to support, but only if we have security of ownership of the stadium. “Now we have that in place, both the football and speedway clubs can look forward to competing in a much-improved environment, as well as returning to a secure financial footing.”


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