NEW BT SPORT DEAL AGREED
BT SPORT has signed an agreement to continue as the home of SpeedwayGB for a further two years.
During 2018 BT Sport will show 33 speedway events exclusively live: eighteen SpeedwayGB fixtures, all eleven FIM Speedway GPs and all four Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations events.
BT Sport’s team will include Natalie Quirk and Suzi Perry presenting, Scott Nicholls as analyst, and commentators former British and Commonwealth champion Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson across BT Sport’s speedway events.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “I’m delighted to have renewed British Premiership Speedway for a further two years, BT Sport continues as a fantastic destination for bike lovers in the UK.”
Keith Chapman, chairman of the British Speedway Promoters’ Association, said “The members of the BSPA are delighted to be onboard with BT and are looking forward to a fantastic season’s racing.”
SCUNTHORPE have completed their line-up for the new season with the signing of British youngster Danny Phillips.
The 21-year-old started his career in the National League at the Eddie Wright Raceway in 2012 and is on the comeback trail after suffering serious injuries in a crash at Mildenhall last May.
Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We looked at all the options for a two-point rider to complete the side, and Danny was the best option – he has the experience of riding in this league.
“Danny is only on a two-point average because the lad was unfortunate to get injured last season, before he could do enough meetings to get a new average.
“We’ve signed a very strong top six, and the pressure will be on them to score the points to win us meetings. But Danny is certainly capable of scoring points as well. He is the final piece in what we very much hope will be a Championship-winning jigsaw.”
BELLE Vue have been boosted by an extension of their main team sponsorship arrangements with Rentruck.
The locally-established vehicle hire company will back the senior Aces side, whilst their refrigerated vehicle division Cool Running Rental will continue as sponsors of the Colts in the National League.
MD Richard Cotton said: “From day one, we’ve been thoroughly impressed with the way that the management team, Adrian Smith in particular, have handled the speedway business.
“His professionalism, coupled with the owners’ vision for the club, made our negotiations incredibly easy and our decision to continue to support them in 2018 likewise was a complete no-brainer.
“Last year, we were treated with the utmost respect. Nothing was too much trouble and our experience from week to week was exceptional. I’m delighted to be involved once again.”