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MILDENHALL has been named as the venue for the semi-final of this year’s British Under-21 Championship.The Fen Tigers will host the event on Sunday April 5 with at least three home riders – Connor Coles, Connor Mountain and Jack Kingston - set to be involved. The full line-up will be announced in early March.GB Youth boss Neil Vatcher said: “After running this prestige meeting at Plymouth in the last two seasons, we are now very excited about taking the event to a new venue, and our thanks go to Mildenhall promoter Kevin Jolly for his help.“With so much onus being on British Youth Development in 2015, this is sure to be an exciting meeting with places up for grabs to qualify for a British Final, and Mildenhall supporters will have plenty of interest on the day with several of their riders involved.”

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NEWCASTLE are one rider away from completing their 2015 line-up with the announcement that Simon Nielsen will return to the Diamonds this year.The Dane linked with the Brough Park club midway through last season and is now working in his home country in order to improve his stable of machinery ahead of the new Premier League campaign.Nielsen said: “I loved my time at Newcastle in 2014 and I am delighted that the club want me back for 2015.“This year is a big year for me as I feel I need to make significant progress with my career and I couldn’t be with a better club with which to try and achieve that target. I can’t wait to get back to Tyneside and get going on track.”(SPEEDWAY 3)

BIRMINGHAM have announced the return of Graham Drury to oversee team matters for their return to racing this season.Drury, who departed the club’s previous promotion last April, will be joined by wife Denise on administrative matters as the Brummies re-launch at National League level after folding last July. The Perry Barr outfit have also confirmed Tom Perry will take over as captain.Owner Tony Mole said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Graham and Denise Drury back to Birmingham Speedway, I am now safe in the knowledge that everything will be done in a good and proper manner.“The admin involved in speedway is time-consuming, both in dealing with the BSPA and SCB and I like everything to be done correctly. Graham and Denise will take pressure away from me and they are working within a budget which I believe is sustainable if we achieve the crowd levels we need.”

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KOZZA Smith is gearing up for his return to British racing with Glasgow in the Premier League this season.The popular Australian had to sit out racing in the UK last year, ironically after enjoying his best campaign yet for Berwick in 2013 albeit one which ended with a broken wrist in early September.Smith said: “Glasgow have shown interest in the past couple of years and I thought that this year could be a good year to go there. I saw who they were signing and on paper, it looks a very strong side. I think that it has the potential to be a league-winning team and I had to be a part of that.“There are lots of things in the pipeline that I'm trying to achieve to be ready for the new season. I'm just trying to get laps on the bike and keep my fitness up for the physical side of things. We are also working hard to get sponsorship to help with costs, to make sure all my gear is in tip-top shape.”

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PETERBOROUGH’S winter signing Robert Lambert says the experience he gains in the Premier League this season will be vital for his career progression.The 16-year-old sensation will remain with King’s Lynn in the top flight but will also be racing for the Panthers and is set to encounter several new tracks.Lambert said: “Any rider needs to master all kinds of tracks and the Premier League will give me the chance to do that. It is going to be great experience and a big challenge as there are a lot of places that are completely new to me.“But having to learn new tracks doesn’t faze me. I’m very laid back and I’m confident I can get the hang of them quickly. Hopefully the fans will be patient with me while I settle in, but I’m hoping to score well home and away.”


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