SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures


SPEEDWAY Riders Benevolent Fund boss Paul Ackroyd has issued a timely reminder about the work the cause does for injured and disabled riders.Ackroyd is putting the finishing touches together for this Sunday’s Ben Fund Bonanza meeting at Swindon, which has now become the traditional season opener in British racing, and he has revealed how he has been working closely with Ricky Ashworth and his family ever since the Berwick rider suffered brain damage in a track crash in 2013.Ackroyd said: “Throughout the past 12 months the fund has worked closely with Ricky and his family to ensure the necessary and appropriate support has been given. Ricky is now at home with his family but still has a long way to go with his recovery.“I would like to remind everyone that we also continue to support ten other ex-riders who have suffered permanent disability following speedway accidents, and we must ensure that they are never forgotten.”


NATIONAL chief Alun Rossiter has finalised the Great Britain Select side to take on the Peterborough Panthers in their 2015 season opener.Rossiter has drafted in King’s Lynn and Newcastle rider Lewis Kerr along with Lakeside and Birmingham ace Adam Ellis to complete his septet for the eagerly-awaited Sunday, March 15 showcase. They join the previously announced Ben Barker, Kyle Howarth, Richie Worrall, Lewis Rose and Nathan Greaves in the line-up.Rossiter said: “I’m really impressed with the attitude of all the riders, everyone jumped at the chance to do this meeting when they were asked.“In fact, I actually had a number of other riders who contacted me and asked to be considered, and it’s very encouraging for there to be that sort of enthusiasm. It also means we have people on stand-by just in case we need to change anything.“There are plenty of up-and-coming riders in the team, which is what this kind of meeting is all about. I’m looking forward to working with them, and I’ll also be keeping my eye on the Peterborough side with so many British riders in their team too!”



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