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SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter has given the Abbey Stadium track his seal of approval ahead of this Sunday's eagerly awaited Ben Fund Bonanza (4pm).The meeting, which is expected to pull in a bumper crowd to raise funds for the Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund, takes place at Blunsdon for the first time.Said Rossiter: “I went down to the track last week and the whole place looked fantastic, we cannot wait for Sunday.“As a club we are very proud to be hosting this meeting and we look forward to seeing a big crowd for a very worthy cause.”ENGLAND: Ben Barker, Richard Lawson, Kyle Howarth, Adam Roynon.AUSTRALIA: Rory Schlein, Sam Masters, Nick Morris, Rusty HarrisonDENMARK: Bjarne Pedersen, Thomas Jorgensen, Jan Graversen, Kenneth HansenPOLAND: Szymon Wozniak, Jakub Jamrog, Greg Walasek, Adam Skornicki


SHEFFIELD favourite Andre Compton has been back on a bike for the first time since July – and immediately won himself a place in the 2015 Tigers side!The former league winner looked fast on his return at Scunthorpe on Tuesday following his horrifying accident live on Sky against Somerset, and now comes back into the side as a straight replacement for Taylor Poole who has failed to meet the criteria necessary for a new work permit.Tigers promoter Damien Bates said: “He dropped the clutch and did eight laps and immediately I knew he was up to the challenge, we are delighted to welcome him back.“On his average and in his position within the team I believe there is no better rider in the Premier League. The only reason he wasn’t in the original plan was because of the numbers game, we had promised a team place to Taylor but once that situation was ruled out we were very fortunate to have Andre available to us.”


WOLVERHAMPTON have confirmed their full 2015 team will be in action at the Banks’s Olympique Classic opener on March 23.And they’ve sent invitations to crowd pleasers Chris Harris, Scott Nicholls and Lasse Bjerre for the event which will feature 20 heats and 16 riders.Promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “Peter Karlsson’s win here last season was remarkable, he was on fire that night and as fit and sharp as ever. “The full team will be going through their paces and I’m sure Freddie Lindgren and Jacob Thorssell will be looking to beat their fellow Swede to the title. There will be no handicap format for this meeting, we will simply be staging 20 heats with 16 riders and hopefully we will see just as much entertainment as we did in last year’s meeting.”


SOMERSET have accepted an invitation to become Patrons of the locally-based ‘Santa’s On A Bike’ charity, which raises money for the Children’s Hospice Southwest.The charity stage an annual motorcycle ride in December and are now planning their first summer event on June 21 with starting points all over the Southwest, with all meeting up before riding as one large group to the Hospice.Somerset promoter Debbie Hancock said: “We were delighted and honoured to be asked by (founder) Paul Wren to be the Charity’s patron, and readily accepted.“We will be looking at ways we can help the Charity with their fund-raising as well as helping to raise their profile, one of which will be to use our home meeting on June 19 against Workington as a pre-cursor to the Charity’s inaugural Summer Santa Run.”


POOLE have paid tribute to long-time medical team member Peter Lacey, who has passed away due to a recently diagnosed Guillain-Barre syndrome.He played a large part in looking after the medical needs of all riders before during and after racing at every meeting at Wimborne Road, and his partnership with former track doctor Nigel Sharp was a benchmark at Poole for many years.A Pirates statement read: “Highly professional in his duties, Pete’s presence in the Pit area had a calming effect in those dramatic moments following an incident on and off of the track.“His medical knowledge coupled with his instinctive understanding of any rider’s needs following a high speed crash made him the man that the riders preferred to turn to in their moment of need.”



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