SUNDAY APRIL 8
Mildenhall v Isle of Wight - OFF
British Under-21 Semi Final at Newcastle - OFF
ZACH Wajtknecht led the way in Saturday’s rain-affected British Under-21 semi-final at Eastbourne.
Last season’s British Under-19 Champion finished ahead of Max Clegg with both riders on 14 points, Wajtknecht having beaten Clegg when the two riders met.
Connor Mountain finished third whilst James Shanes, Josh Bailey, Drew Kemp and home youngster Jason Edwards also took qualifying places for the Final.
Wajtknecht said: “It was one of those meetings where you just have to get on with it and naturally I’m delighted to get through.
“It is what it is and it’s the same for everyone.
“I think after the 12th heat they were thinking about it (calling it off) but it was only going to stay the same. Everyone just got on with it and everyone is safe at the end.”
The second semi-final scheduled for Newcastle on Sunday has been postponed due to the weather, with a re-arrangement date to be confirmed.
COVENTRY race their first meeting at their temporary Leicester home when Stoke visit in the National Trophy today (Sunday).
The Bees have already completed two meetings this season, both on away tracks, whilst the Potters will be in action for the first time in 2018.
Coventry boss Martyn Macdonald said: “It’s important that we start our home season with a win, and hopefully if we can do that it will settle everyone down.
“It hasn’t helped that nobody has had any track-time at Leicester, but Stoke are in the same situation themselves and we can’t do anything about it.
“I’ve changed the riding order around a little after the first two matches, and it’s a meeting we do expect to be winning.”
Stoke manager Malcolm Vasey said: “We will be going there looking to get something out of the meeting.
“Although Coventry have had a couple of meetings under their belts they have not ridden competitively around Leicester either this year.
“It’s unfortunate that we’ve not been able to hold our press and practice prior to the meeting and only really Max (Clegg) has got some real track time in, but there is nothing we can do about the weather.”
SUNDAY APRIL 8:
BRITISH UNDER-21 SEMI-FINAL: Newcastle OFF
NATIONAL TROPHY: Coventry v Stoke 3pm, Mildenhall v Isle of Wight OFF
MONDAY APRIL 9:
PREMIERSHIP: Belle Vue v King’s Lynn 7.30, Leicester v Poole 7.30, Wolverhampton v Swindon 7.30
WEDNESDAY APRIL 11:
PREMIERSHIP: King’s Lynn v Wolverhampton 7.30, Poole v Belle Vue 7.30, Rye House v Leicester 7.30
NATIONAL TROPHY: Birmingham v Stoke 7.30
THURSDAY APRIL 12:
PREMIERSHIP: Swindon v Leicester 7.30
CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield v Peterborough 7.30
CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD: Redcar v Scunthorpe 7.30
TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE: Isle of Wight v Belle Vue 7pm
Results Saturday April 7, 2018
BRITISH UNDER-21 SEMI-FINAL, Eastbourne
1 Zach Wajtknecht (Swindon/Lakeside) 14
2 Max Clegg (Rye House/Stoke) 14 (on count-back)
3 Connor Mountain (Ipswich/Coventry) 12
4 James Shanes (Poole/Sheffield) 11
5 Josh Bailey (Mildenhall) 10
6 Drew Kemp (Mildenhall) 9
7 Jason Edwards (Eastbourne) 9
(All qualify for British Under-21 Final)
Berwick v Edinburgh – OFF
Workington v Glasgow – OFF