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About Henry Chard

Digital Media Manager at Ipswich Speedway

TICKETS & TEAM SHIRT COMPETITION

Ahead of the ‘Tru Plant’ Witches’ clash with Peterborough in the Premiership at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday 22nd August, we are giving away two tickets to the meeting and a team polo shirt as this week’s social media competition prize.

All you have to do to enter is retweet this tweet and follow our account on Twitter or like this Instagram post and follow our account on Instagram or like and share this Facebook post and like our account on Facebook. Entries close at 8am on Thursday 22nd August. A winner will be selected at random and will be presented with the prize at a meeting at Foxhall. The winner must be able to attend this fixture.

RITCHIE HAWKINS: LIFE OF A TEAM MANAGER

By Henry Chard

‘Tru Plant’ Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins lifts the lid on what it is like to be a team manager in speedway.

With the Ipswich riders so evenly matched in the averages in 2019, it has been an ever-changing line-up from week to week and Hawkins explained his methods behind rotating the riding order this season.

“Things have been a little unique this year with our riders being so close to each other in the averages from one to seven and I have spent a lot of time changing the line-up, which is unusual in speedway,” said Hawkins.

“Before the season started, I thought it would be something that worked and instead of sticking someone at one number, we are looking at every meeting on a meeting by meeting basis and what is going to be the most effective partnerships for that one meeting, not for the whole season. I am looking at everything from the track we are at, to the opposition and how they are lining up, countering their line-up and things like that.”

The boss has been impressed with how the riders have responded to changing their position in the side so frequently, with it being traditional in speedway to stay at a certain number for the majority of the season.

“I have always changed the riding order the odd time in the past but this season because of how close the averages are it has been every week really. We have seen the riding order change quite frequently, but I would say that the team has responded to it well and there have been no complaints about it. I think when I first put Richard (Lawson) at two, that raised a few eyebrows but that worked really well.

“It has been traditional for speedway riders to stay at a certain number and know what they are doing but our riders have adapted to it and they have not worried about doing it. Both of our reserves from the start of the season have moved up into the main body of the team and so that changed the thinking a little bit again.”

Finding the perfect partnerships in a team is something all team managers are keen to do, and Hawkins says that the last month has been the time to experiment ahead of the play-offs, should they qualify.  

“Some riders search for the outside and some prefer the inside, ideally you want a combination of the two in a partnership every race, that’s the perfect combination. That is not possible, and we have more riders who prefer the outside over the inside, so it is hard to balance. One thing I have seen is Danny (King) and Cam (Heeps) getting in each other’s way quite regularly and you can see where it does not work in some cases. Whereas, some people pairing up works really well like when Richard is at two.

“Jake (Allen) has moved up and I was keen to see him ride with Danny as they have built a good relationship off track. You always hope that chemistry works on track, I’m not saying it always does, but we have been in a position where over the last month we have experimented with pairings. My sole focus is winning the play-offs. Yes, we have to get there, and we cannot take any risks, but we are in a good position where we can experiment with pairings and line-ups so that when we get to the play-offs, we are 100% confident with the order and we know what the best option is.”

In August, Krystian Pieszczek dropped down to reserve having been at number five for a good part of the season but the boss believes he was riding well at that position.

“I know Krystian was finding it hard at five and I have spent a lot of time talking to him about it. He has been so professional and to use a snooker analogy, he was practicing putting the ball into a small pocket before moving onto the bigger pockets at reserve. He had it very hard and with dropping to reserve it should have got extra easy in a way. He did well at five and improved and although he has struggled in recent weeks, he could be a trump card at reserve if we get him firing again. He did not drop down because he was riding badly, he was in a very tough position and our reserves have been so good.”

The role of a team manager has perhaps been overlooked in the sport for some time, but Hawkins is pleased that his position is being talked about this season, whether it be in positive or critical way.

“It’s what you put into it, you could turn up and fill the programme in I guess but I put a lot into it. I suppose a couple of years ago it was easier because people thought I did nothing! Chris (Louis) took all the stick for everything and I went under the radar. People are aware I do a lot more now, but it is nice that people are talking about a team manager and their decisions. It is positive because people should be talking about it like any other sport. In football you question why a player is playing in a certain position and you question formations.

“I don’t mind the critics, we are at the top end of the league, it has been working for the majority of the season. We put together a good team and I enjoy being with them all, we have a good team spirit. One of the best things is the amount of people, guests who have rode for us, mechanics who have helped us, that have said how much more fun it is at Ipswich. They comment on the team spirit we have compared to other sides and how it is clear to see why we are doing so well because of the bond we have got. That is the biggest compliment you can get because I would like to think I am a part of that.”

Team spirit has been a key part of Ipswich sides in recent years and the boss says that having a family feel at the club helps with that.

“What helps is that the mechanics stick with the team rather than follow a rider about. Everyone at Ipswich, including the staff, is very friendly and Chris has kept that family feel at the club. There is a bond already here that people come into and we like to keep the mechanics involved as part of the team. Especially at away meetings, everyone is together, and we have seen in previous years that one bad egg can bring everyone down, so it is good to have the right characters around the place.”

IPSWICH V PETERBOROUGH: RACEDAY PREVIEW

By Henry Chard

WHEN AND WHERE…

The ‘Tru Plant’ Witches host the Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday 22nd August in a Premiership clash that starts at 7.30pm.

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THE TEAMS…

IPSWICH: 1.Chris Harris 6.83 2. Richard Lawson 6.75 3. Cameron Heeps 6.26 4. Jake Allen 5.80 5. Danny King 6.42 © 6. Krystian Pieszczek 5.36 7. Edward Kennett 5.71. Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

PETERBOROUGH: 1. Rohan Tungate 7.17 2. Ulrich Ostergaard (g) 5.40 3. Ben Barker (g) 6.39 4. R/R for Hans Andersen 6.89 5. Scott Nicholls 5.96 © 6. Aaron Summers 4.99 7. Jason Garrity 4.84. Team Manager: Carl Johnson

REFEREE: D. Robinson

VENUE: Foxhall Stadium

PREMIERSHIP TABLE

Team Meetings Points
Poole 17 39        
Ipswich 19 36
Belle Vue 21 35
Swindon 18 33
Wolverhampton 20 32
King’s Lynn 18 28
Peterborough 19 17

TICKET OFFICE…

Tickets are available on the gate and are priced at £18 for adults, £16 for concessions (60+), £5 for students (16-17). Children 15 and under go free. Official programmes are priced at £3 and are available at the stadium. Car parking is free for all supporters.  Debit and credit card payments are accepted.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

The ‘Tru Plant’ Witches play host to another East Anglian battle as they take on the Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall on Thursday. Ipswich were in action on home shale last Thursday when they took on the Swindon Robins and were well beaten at Foxhall on a disappointing night. The Suffolk side have enjoyed good results against the Panthers in 2019, winning at Foxhall whilst also winning twice at the East of England Arena & Events Centre, collecting the maximum eleven points on offer in the process.

The home side welcome back Edward Kennett at reserve following the 10 day ban he was given from the Speedway Control Bureau. Team manager Ritchie Hawkins has made a change to the riding order for this meeting, with Richard Lawson moving back to number two where he did so well earlier in the season. Cameron Heeps now finds himself at number three whilst captain Danny King is at number five. The Witches will be looking to complete a clean sweep of victories over Peterborough this season but will know their performances need to improve vastly at Foxhall if they are to win and edge closer to confirming their play-off spot.

FROM THE MANAGER…

Tru Plant’ Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins looks ahead to Thursday’s clash…

“This week we need to get three points and a home win otherwise things will start to become difficult for us to make the play-offs. We need to get some wins on the board and get ourselves in a more secure position. A couple of home defats have dropped us back down into the race for the top four.  

“I have switched the riding order around and Richard as you would expect did well at number two previously in the year, he is a very solid number two. Cam is extremely good around Ipswich and is having a great season. For him to be in the number three position and be a heat leader, he should be ready to step up to that role.

“The Panthers are having a very tough season but when you look at their team, they have a lot of former Ipswich riders and they are going to come here looking to do well and get a win. We need to make sure we up our game and be sharper. We need to be more focused and determined to get back to winning ways. We will not take them lightly with the side they are bringing, and we need to be 100% focused and ready to do the business.

“We need to rebuild now, and a win starts that rebuilding process. We still have a month until the play-offs start if we can perform well over the next few meetings, then we can get ourselves back into a strong position, starting on Thursday night.”

THE PANTHERS…

Peterborough have endured a difficult season to say the least. Before a wheel was turned in 2019 things started to go wrong and as the season has gone on, injuries have hampered their chances and despite many team changes their fortunes have not improved. The Panthers are currently bottom of the Premiership and even the most ardent of their supporters would admit that their play-off hopes are over. They have been defeated four times at home and have picked up just four points on their travels but will be hoping to put a dent in Ipswich’s hopes for the top four.

Two former Witches lead the Peterborough side with Ipswich-born Scott Nicholls riding at number five. There are not many riders that know Foxhall better than the seven-times British champion who was part of the Ipswich treble-winning team of 1998. Rohan Tungate returns to Foxhall at number one. Former Witch Hans Andersen misses out with a wrist injury and rider replacement will be used at four in his absence. Ben Barker guests for the injured British champion Charles Wright and Ulrich Ostergaard deputises for Ty Proctor who is out with a back injury.

AROUND THE TRACKS…

Ipswich were heavily beaten on home shale last Thursday as Swindon ran out 53-37 winners whilst King’s Lynn beat Wolverhampton 54-36 to keep their play-off hopes alive.

On Monday night, Belle Vue were defeated 43-47 on home shale by Wolverhampton at the National Speedway Stadium. King’s Lynn beat Peterborough 53-37 and Poole recorded a 46-44 win over Swindon.

HAWKINS: WE CAN’T DWELL ON DEFEAT

By Henry Chard

Tru Plant’ Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins says he will look at how his team can improve after they were heavily beaten 37-53 by Swindon on Thursday night at Foxhall in the Premiership.

Ipswich never got going and were well beaten as the visitors cruised to a comfortable victory, their first on the road this season and Hawkins said that he and his team need to assess recent performances to work out what has gone wrong in recent weeks.

“We are not happy, and the performance was not very good,” said Hawkins. “No one has gone away happy or pleased with it. I can’t make any excuses and I can’t see any obvious reasons for it. We need some time now to figure out what has gone wrong and what has changed to see why we are not performing and put that right.

“Whatever it is and whatever factors are affecting us individually and as a team in the last couple of performances, we can’t dwell on. We need to look at how we can improve and what has changed and put that right so that we start performing again.”

It was the second home defeat of the season for the Witches, but the boss believes that they can turn their home form around as the fight for the play-offs continues.

“We have lost at home and we are not happy. We have not been comfortable in the last two home meetings and it is something that can turn around quickly. It is not like suddenly we can’t race, we can’t do well, and we can’t win, we need to look at why it is not happening for us at the moment and put that right.

“We need to come into our home meetings with confidence and perform. No one is going to be happy being battered at home and have two heavy defeats on the trot but there is no point in getting down in the dumps about it. We are looking to be in the play-offs and looking to fight to win them. We will look at what we need to do to improve.”

Having been relatively secure in the top four all season, Ipswich could get dragged into the fight behind them after Thursday’s defeat, but the manager thinks that a bit of pressure could help them find their form again.

“We are going to drop down into that fight now having been in a comfortable position and we got into that comfortable position with how we performed. If we keep performing like we have done tonight, then we will be in the fight just to make the play-offs.

“Maybe it will refocus us but at the moment it is too soon after the meeting to put your finger on what exactly went wrong but it is a few factors not just one thing that will change the performances drastically. It is going to be a combination of things that we need to work on individually and as a club.”

Witches guest Nico Covatti top scored with 12+1 from reserve and Hawkins was full of praise for the former Witch.

“Nico was our best rider and did brilliantly. I can’t credit him enough, he did a great job and we thank him for coming in. It was nice to see him and catch up and he was brilliant.”

Cameron Heeps made his return from injury scoring 4+1 and the boss is keen to get reserve Krystian Pieszczek firing again with the Polish rider struggling for form since his drop down to reserve.

“I think Cam is sore, but he just wasn’t making great starts like everyone else. He will be ok, I think.

“Krystian has finished in Poland now I think and maybe he is spending too much time off the bike, I don’t know. I guess he is one of the factors that we need to look at to get him back firing, but he is not the only one or the only thing. That is one of the things we will look at because Krystian at reserve could be a trump card, but he has struggled in the last few meetings and we need to put that right.”

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RACEDAY REVIEW: IPSWICH 37–53 SWINDON

THE SCORES…

IPSWICH 37: Nico Covatti (g) 12+1, Danny King 8+1 ©, Richard Lawson 5+1, Cameron Heeps 4+1, Chris Harris 4, Krystian Pieszczek 2+2, Jake Allen 2. Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

SWINDON 53: Troy Batchelor 14+1 (Paid Maximum), Jason Doyle © 11+1 (Paid Maximum), Tobiasz Musielak 10, Adam Ellis 7+1, Rasmus Jensen 5+1, Ellis Perks 4+1, Kevin Doolan (g) 2. Team Manager: Alun Rossiter

REFEREE: C. Gay

VENUE: Foxhall Stadium

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PREMIERSHIP TABLE

Team Meetings Points
Poole 16 36        
Ipswich 19 36
Belle Vue 20 35
Swindon 17 32
Wolverhampton 19 29
King’s Lynn 17 25
Peterborough 18 17

WHAT HAPPENED?

The ‘Tru Plant’ Witches fell to a heavy defeat at Foxhall on Thursday night as they were beaten 37-53 by the Swindon Robins.

It was a miserable night for Ipswich who started slowly and never recovered. The home team provided just three race winners all night as the Robins extended their lead further and further as the night went on, to record their first away win of the league season. Guest Nico Covatti top scored for the hosts with 12+1 from reserve.

The Robins started with a 5-1 in heat one thanks to Adam Ellis who won, and Jason Doyle followed him home, making it consecutive home meetings that the hosts had started with a 5-1 against them. The home pair made the gate in heat two and were on a 5-1 with guest Covatti and Krystian Pieszczek at the front but as Covatti entered the third turn on the opening lap, he pushed the Pole wide and he dropped to the back meaning a 3-3. The Robins started heat three on a 5-1 with Rasmus Jensen at the front but Danny King managed to get past Tobias Musielak to limit the damage to a 4-2 to the away side, leaving the Robins 6-12 up.

Troy Batchelor eased to victory in heat four to continue Swindon’s strong start as Covatti and Richard Lawson ensured it ended in a share of the points. Things got worse for the Suffolk side in heat five as Doyle and Ellis recorded another maximum for the Robins to put them 10 points in front. Chris Harris led heat six, but Batchelor went under the Witches number one coming out of turn four on the second lap to take the lead as the heat was shared, giving Swindon a 13-23 lead, with the Witches struggling.

Heat seven was stopped with a Robins rider warned for moving at the start but it was Musielak who won the re-run ahead of Lawson and Pieszczek in a 3-3 as his partner Jensen retired on the first turn after locking up, but that kept the away side comfortably ahead. Guest Covatti was the only Witches rider to have won a heat up to this point and he won again in heat eight as Ellis held off Cameron Heeps for second as the Witches got their first heat advantage of the night. Covatti’s form saw him replace Jake Allen in heat nine but he couldn’t stop Batchelor from taking his third win of the night and it was another shared heat, meaning the Robins held a 23-31 lead with six heats to race.

Things went from bad to worse in heat 10 as the visitors claimed another 5-1 via Musielak and Jensen. The away side provided yet another race winner in heat 11 as Doyle took the chequered flag in a 3-3 that left the Robins on the brink of victory. Heat 12 was stopped with Covatti warned for moving at the start. King won the re-run after a battle with Ellis Perks and Covatti picked up a point for a 4-2 to the hosts as they trailed Swindon 31-41 with three to race.

King was back out in heat 13 as a tactical substitute replacing Harris but the home pair could do nothing to stop Doyle and Batchelor racing to a 5-1 that sealed their victory. Perks replaced Kevin Doolan for the away side in heat 14 as Musielak won ahead of Allen and Perks took third for another heat advantage to the away team. Musielak went off 15 metres in heat 15 having gone through the tapes as partner Batchelor completed his five-ride paid maximum with a win in a shared heat, giving Swindon a convincing 37-53 win in Suffolk.

RN EUSTON & WEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT RIDERS OF THE NIGHT…

Covatti picked up both of the Rider of the Night awards from the sponsors after he scored 12+1 from reserve and the former Witch was the only shining light for Ipswich on the night.

KEY MOMENT…

In truth the home team were poor from the off and there was no defining moment in their defeat. Any hopes of a dramatic comeback were dashed with a Robins 5-1 in heat 10, that saw the hosts fall 12 points behind with just five races to go.

WHAT IT MEANS…

Ipswich fail to add to their tally after this defeat and stay second in the table whilst Swindon boosted their play-off hopes considerably, collecting four points and moving into the top four.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The ‘Tru Plant’ Witches host the Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday 22nd August in a Premiership fixture at 7.30pm.

AROUND THE TRACKS…

King’s Lynn comfortably beat Wolverhampton 54-36 at the Adrian Flux Arena. Ipswich asset Drew Kemp won the British Under-19 Championship at Redcar after a 15-point maximum.

Click here for reaction from team manager Ritchie Hawkins. 

PIESZCZEK MERCHANDISE COMPETITION

Tru Plant’ Witches rider Krystian Pieszczek is giving way one of his official t-shirts as this week’s social media competition prize.

All you have to do to enter is retweet this tweet and follow our account on Twitter or like this Instagram post and follow both of our accounts on Instagram or like and share this Facebook post and like both of our accounts on Facebook. Entries close at 10pm on Wednesday 14th August. A winner will be selected at random and will be presented with the prize at a meeting at Foxhall.

The full Krystian Pieszczek merchandise range can be found here.

IPSWICH V SWINDON: RACEDAY PREVIEW

By Henry Chard

WHEN AND WHERE…

The ‘Tru Plant’ Witches host the Swindon Robins at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday 15th August in a Premiership clash that starts at 7.30pm.

MEETING SPONSORS…

RN Euston – RN Euston Limited has supplied steel framed buildings in East Anglia for over 40 years.  Established by Ray Euston the business has grown steadily over the years and now Ray works in partnership with his son Mark.  The company is based in Suffolk and work all over East Anglia where they have gained a reliable reputation.

West Property Management – At West PM, they are experts in home improvement and development. Whether you want to give your home a tidy up with our painting and decorating services. Over the years, they’ve transformed hundreds of houses into homes. They offer single and double-storey extension services, as well as conservatory and outbuilding construction.

THE TEAMS…

IPSWICH: 1.Chris Harris 6.83 2. Cameron Heeps 6.26 3. Danny King 6.42 © 4. Jake Allen 5.80 5. Richard Lawson 6.75 6. Krystian Pieszczek 5.36 7. Nico Covatti (g) 5.71. Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

SWINDON: 1. Jason Doyle 9.14 © 2. Adam Ellis 6.64 3. Rasmus Jensen 4.51 4. Tobiasz Musielak 6.36 5. Troy Batchelor 7.72 6. Ellis Perks 3.17 7. Kevin Doolan (g) 4.43. Team Manager: Alun Rossiter

REFEREE: C. Gay

VENUE: Foxhall Stadium

PREMIERSHIP TABLE

Team Meetings Points
Poole 16 36        
Ipswich 18 36
Belle Vue 20 35
Wolverhampton 18 29
Swindon 16 28
King’s Lynn 16 22
Peterborough 18 17

TICKET OFFICE…

Tickets are available on the gate and are priced at £18 for adults, £16 for concessions (60+), £5 for students (16-17). Children 15 and under go free. Official programmes are priced at £3 and are available at the stadium. Car parking is free for all supporters.  Debit and credit card payments are accepted.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

The ‘Tru Plant’ Witches return to Foxhall for a home fixture against the play-off chasing Swindon Robins on Thursday. Ipswich suffered the frustration of a rain-off last Thursday at Poole and the team will be eager to get back on track following their defeat to King’s Lynn last time out. Thursday’s meeting is also a re-arranged fixture after the original staging was also called-off in June, but the Robins have been at Foxhall once in the Supporters Cup this season with Ipswich running out 48-42 winners in a tight contest.

Ipswich will be pleased to have Cameron Heeps in the side following his crash during the King’s Lynn meeting. The Australian suffered tendon and ligament damage to the knee and ankle and was due to miss last week’s meeting in Dorset. However, he has now been declared fit enough to ride and returns to the side. However, they will be without Edward Kennett at reserve after he was handed a 10 day ban for his part in an incident whilst riding for Championship side Eastbourne against Glasgow earlier this month. There is a popular face deputising though as former Witch Nico Covatti guests at number seven and he is sure to get a warm Foxhall reception after several impressive seasons for Ipswich in recent years. The Witches have struggled to find their top form at Foxhall in recent times and will hope that Thursday could start a run of consistent and improved performances over the summer as they look to build up momentum and confirm their place in the play-offs.

FROM THE MANAGER…

Tru Plant’ Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins looks ahead to Thursday’s clash…

“Swindon on paper are a very strong side and we will have to perform well to get the win. They will really want away points to strengthen their bid for the play-offs and I am sure they will come to Ipswich confident of a result. We will need to be on top of our game to get the win.

“Both teams will look for a strong start as it sets you up for the rest of the night. It would be nice to have a strong start at home as we haven’t had one for a few weeks. We have shown all season that we battle in every race for all 15 heats and Swindon will be strong, so we need to start well and push throughout the meeting if we want the three points.

“Cam’s knee has come on really well and he has taken it upon himself to get his physio sorted. He has had a lot of sessions with Brian Simpson and Cam does not want to miss any meetings. I wouldn’t expect anything to hinder him on Thursday and he is someone who is very good at Foxhall and having a good season. He has been a massive part of our season and we need him performing because his performances have made a massive difference.

“I haven’t had too much involvement with what has been going on with Eddie this weekend. He was amazing in the win over Belle Vue and we want to have our full team out, but we are able to bring Nico in and he was the obvious replacement. Everyone loves Nico at Ipswich and he was terrific for a number of years at Foxhall and knows the place very well, so he will fit in straight away.”

THE ROBINS…

Swindon are well placed to make the play-offs at this stage of the season but know that their away form has to improve if they are to secure a place in the end of season shootout. The Robins have been excellent at the Abbey Stadium and are unbeaten but away from home it is a different story. They have lost all seven meetings on their travels, picking up just three consolation points in the process. The battle for the top four is likely to go the wire and Alun Rossiter will know that they need a result on their travels to help their bid, with Thursday being a big opportunity for them.

Jason Doyle is the league’s only full-time Grand Prix rider and is second in the league’s averages. The former world champion is a threat anywhere he goes, and he scored 13+1 on his previous visit to Suffolk in April. He is backed up by Troy Batchelor who is enjoying a good season and the two Australians are two of the leading heat leaders in the division. Like Kennett, Robins reserve Claus Vissing was also handed a 10 day ban for his part in the incident at Eastbourne and Swindon will use Kevin Doolan in his place.

AROUND THE TRACKS…

Last Thursday, Swindon won a last-heat decider to beat Wolverhampton 46-44 at the Abbey whilst Ipswich’s clash away at Poole was postponed due to a waterlogged track.

Belle Vue beat Swindon 48-42 at the National Speedway Stadium on Monday whilst Wolves thrashed Peterborough 56-34 at Monmore Green.

KING & HARRIS GET BRITISH GP CALL-UP

By Henry Chard

‘Tru Plant’ Witches duo Danny King and Chris Harris have been named as reserves for the 2019 Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on September 21.

Ipswich captain King finished second in the British Final last month as Charles Wright won the title and took the wild card spot for the Grand Prix, whilst Harris finished fourth in the final that night.

King competed in the 2016 British Grand Prix and scored seven points on a night that included a famous race win that sent the home fans wild. Harris has competed in the event several times having been a Grand Prix series regular during his career. ‘Bomber’ produced one of the iconic moments for British speedway in 2007 as he stood on top of the podium in his home Grand Prix and he remains the only British rider to win at Cardiff.

The pair will be on standby should a rider get injured during the meeting or excluded during a heat for a starting infringement.

LOUIS STATEMENT ON KENNETT BAN

Following the decision by the Speedway Control Bureau yesterday to impose a 10 day ban on Edward Kennett, club promoter Chris Louis has issued the following statement.

“I had not been aware that Edward had been involved in the incident that took place on 3rd August in a fixture between Eastbourne and Glasgow and had also not been notified that any such decision was pending,” said Louis. “The handling of this situation by the SCB has been deplorable and in my opinion requires investigation. However, I agree that such behaviour cannot go unpunished and because of that, we will not be contesting the decision to ban Edward between the dates of 12.08.019 – 21.08.19 inclusive. I have subsequently spoken with Edward who on reflection is regretting his actions and would like to apologise to the club’s fans as he feels he has let them down as he misses Thursday’s meeting.”