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Digital Media Manager at Ipswich Speedway

LOUIS UPDATE ON 2023

By Henry Chard

Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches promoter Chris Louis gives his thoughts on the recent BSPL AGM which sees the club stay in the Premiership for the 2023 season.

The new season will see the return of the Knockout Cup, with the Witches facing top-flight newcomers Leicester in the first round and the points limit for team building has been set at 39.00 for six riders, plus a Rising Star.

“I was happy to see the Knockout Cup back,” said Louis. “It was always a competition I enjoyed doing and we welcome Leicester into the league which is going in the right direction. We need to make the league bigger at a sustainable rate.

“The points limit staying the same is right, we need to keep the league as competitive as possible and every opportunity to invite the top riders from the other leagues and the Grand Prix back to these shores is a good thing.”

The Premiership Pairs competition which Ipswich won in 2022 has been reduced to three rounds in 2023 which are to be held at Ipswich, Sheffield and King’s Lynn.

“The Premiership Pairs is three rounds; I quite enjoyed the series being over each track last year, but everybody saw the fixture problems last year which to some degree were down to some individual clubs as much as anything else. You can make all the excuses you want but it was inexcusable really, so I think it is sensible to reduce the size of the Pairs competition. It is a competition we won so I am probably bias, but I thought to a degree it was successful and I am looking forward to trying to retain that title next year.”

The new year will see a change in the scoring system and the return of the aggregate bonus point with the Super Heat concept extended to cover scenarios when the meeting is drawn or if the aggregate score is level.

“The points scoring system has changed which will give us a much more simple looking league table, that’s the main reason for that. With the bonus point we are back to something we did for many many years, and it worked quite successfully so I have got to say I am all for that. Retaining the Super Heat for drawn meetings is great and it is good the Championship now have that and all of that is the same in both leagues which is necessary, you can’t have different leagues with different points scoring systems.”

There is also a partnership between the BSPL and MYLAPS which will see transponders rolled out to all Premiership clubs during the 2023 season. This technology will provide accurate information for live timing, and assist in resolving close finishes, and will also be made available to Eurosport and the British Speedway Network for use during their broadcasts.

“All in all, it was a fairly simple AGM with a few tweaks but nothing radical. The inclusion of a MYLAPS timing system is great, it won’t fundamentally change the sport, but all the timings will be accurate and there will be no dead heats or poor decisions when it comes to the finish line. It is simple technology that has been around for a while that we needed to adopt, so it was all positive.”

Louis says that team building for the new campaign is going well with announcements to be made soon.

“Team building is going very well, and we are looking forward to making announcements in the coming week, so everything is going good.”

For more details on the AGM, head here.

BRITISH SPEEDWAY 2023 UPDATE

British Speedway Promoters’ Ltd can now confirm the structure of the 2023 season following last week’s AGM in Coventry.

All clubs present confirmed their intention to race next year, with Leicester moving up to the Premiership as expected.

This means the top-flight will comprise seven clubs. Key changes include the return of the aggregate bonus point after a strong response in favour from a poll held on social media in mid-season.

Promoters have also agreed to extend the Super Heat concept to cover the scenarios of meeting draws and also tied scores on aggregate.

With an extra club in their league, the Premiership have returned to a knockout format for their Cup competition, and they have also retained the Pairs which will be staged over three rounds.

The Premiership will have a cut-off date of August 31 in order to allow for a timely start to the play-offs.

A significant development is a tie-up between the BSPL and MYLAPS which will see transponders rolled out to all Premiership clubs during the 2023 season.

This technology will provide accurate information for live timing, and assist in resolving close finishes, and will also be made available to Eurosport and the British Speedway Network for use during their broadcasts.

PREMIERSHIP
CLUBS: Belle Vue, Ipswich, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Peterborough, Sheffield, Wolverhampton.
POINTS LIMIT: 39.00 for six riders, teams to also include one Rising Star.
LEAGUE FORMAT: Unchanged. 2 home, 2 away with the top four clubs progressing to the play-offs.
KO CUP: 1st round – Wolverhampton v Belle Vue, Ipswich v Leicester, King’s Lynn v Sheffield. Peterborough have a bye to the semi-finals.
PREMIERSHIP PAIRS: Three rounds to take place at Ipswich, Sheffield and King’s Lynn.

LEAGUE POINTS SCORING
WIN – 2 points
DRAW – Super Heat
LOSE – 0 points
AGGREGATE BONUS: 1 point for the aggregate winners following home/away matches.

SUPER HEAT
A Super Heat will be held following every match which ends in a draw after Heat 15. The team scoring the most points in the Super Heat will receive 2 league points; the team defeated in the Super Heat will receive 1 league point.
A Super Heat will also be held in the event of an aggregate tie following home/away matches, with the team scoring the most points in the Super Heat being awarded the aggregate bonus point.
Should both meetings between two clubs result in draws, and therefore the aggregate scores are also tied, one Super Heat will be held which will resolve both the meeting victory in the second match, and the aggregate bonus point.

MAJOR EVENTS
Dates and venues to be confirmed in early 2023.

IPSWICH DECLARED PREMIERSHIP PAIRS CHAMPIONS

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches have been confirmed as Premiership Pairs winners after the cancellation of the sixth and final round at Leicester on Monday.

The Suffolk side were 12 points clear of Belle Vue following Round 5 at the National Speedway Stadium last week, having won meetings at Foxhall, King’s Lynn and Wolverhampton earlier this summer.

Unfortunately, the weather intervened on several occasions with the round initially planned for Sheffield, which was subsequently moved to Leicester due to stadium availability issues at Owlerton.

Ipswich therefore take the title having been represented throughout the series by Jason Doyle, who was joined by Danny King, Troy Batchelor and Erik Riss, with Danyon Hume and Anders Rowe as Rising Stars.

Promoter Chris Louis said: “After starting with a fifth place in the first round, to go three unbeaten and a second place in the next four, I think it would be hard for anybody to argue that we don’t deserve to win the competition.

“We have used a bit of a squad, obviously Jason has been the mainstay of that and scored a lot of the points, but he’s been backed up by Danny, Troy, Erik and the reserves.

“It’s been a good team effort and the lads fully deserve some silverware.”

PREMIERSHIP PAIRS TABLE

TeamPoints
Ipswich46
Belle Vue34
King’s Lynn26
Sheffield26
Wolverhampton16
Peterborough12

RACEDAY PREVIEW: PREMIERSHIP PAIRS – ROUND 6

By Henry Chard

All the details ahead of the sixth round of the Premiership Pairs.

WHEN & WHERE

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing travels to Leicester for the sixth round of the Premiership Pairs at the Beaumont Sports Complex on Monday 31st October which starts at 7.30pm.

TEAMS

SHEFFIELD: Jack Holder, Kyle Howarth, Connor Mountain (RS). Team Manager: Simon Stead

BELLE VUE: Brady Kurtz, Matej Zagar, Tom Brennan (RS). Team Manager: Mark Lemon

IPSWICH: Jason Doyle, Troy Batchelor, Anders Rowe (RS). Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

PETERBOROUGH: Chris Harris, Benjamin Basso, Jordan Jenkins (RS). Team Manager: Rob Lyon

KING’S LYNN: Richard Lawson, Richie Worrall, Jason Edwards (RS). Team Manager: Alex Brady

WOLVES: Sam Masters, Ryan Douglas, Joe Thompson (RS). Team Manager: Peter Adams

REFEREE: W. Jarvis

PREMIERSHIP PAIRS TABLE

TeamPoints
Ipswich46
Belle Vue34
King’s Lynn26
Sheffield26
Wolverhampton16
Peterborough12

TICKETS

Tickets are available on the gate and in advance here. The meeting will also be streamed online here. A BSN+ subscription is required to watch. Each round can be purchased individually, priced at £12.99. BSN’s web URL is watch.britishspeedway.co.uk. BSN also has an App which is now available on Amazon Fire TV and on all IOS (Apple) devices.

THE STORY

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing heads to Leicester on Monday for the final round of the Premiership Pairs. The round was due to be held at Sheffield but has been moved to Leicester due to stadium unavailability. Ipswich lead the competition and hold a 12-point advantage going into the final fixture. Only Belle Vue can overhaul the Witches and the Aces would need to win at Leicester and hope the Witches finish bottom to level the overall scores at the top of the table. Despite Ipswich having won three rounds of the competition, should the overall standings be level, a run-off for the title would take place.

After finishing second at the National Speedway Stadium in Round 5 last Thursday, team manager Ritchie Hawkins sticks with the ever-present Jason Doyle who has led the side impeccably throughout the tournament. Troy Batchelor comes in for Erik Riss, with Batchelor partnering Doyle to glory in Rounds 2 and 4, and the duo will be aiming for a hat-trick at Leicester. Anders Rowe continues as the ‘Rising Star’ and is guaranteed at least one ride as part of the regulations.

HOW IT WORKS

The competition is a new addition to the calendar for 2022 with all six Premiership clubs staging a round throughout the season. Each club will have two riders and a ‘Rising Star’ at each round with scores accumulated over all six rounds before the overall aggregate winner is declared after the final round of the competition at Belle Vue in September. 12 points will be awarded to each round winner, eight points to second, six points to third, four points to fourth, two points to fifth and no points to sixth.

There will be 15 qualifying heats of action at each round with the top scoring team from the qualifying heats going directly to the final. The teams placed in second and third will compete in a semi-final with the winning side from that race progressing to the final to decide the round winners. Each team has five qualifying heats each and the ‘Rising Star’ must take at least one ride during the meeting. The points scoring system for the competition in each race will be 4-3-2-0.

FROM THE BOSS

Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins gives us his pre-match thoughts…

“We are in position A1 and we know what we need to do. Yes, if we avoid last place, we are the overall winners, but we have got to go there looking to win another round. We have got a very strong pairing in Jason Doyle and Troy Batchelor so we can go there with confidence.

“They have won two rounds out of two when they have been paired together this year so we are confident we can do well in the actual round on its own and get another win whilst keeping an eye on the overall scores and making sure we take that as well.”

THE LINE-UP

Second-placed Belle Vue stick with the line-up that won Round 5 at the National Speedway Stadium with Brady Kurtz and Matej Zagar tasked with winning another round to keep their slim title hopes alive. The battle for bronze is between King’s Lynn and Sheffield. The Stars bring in Richie Worrall, a Leicester rider in the Championship, to partner Richard Lawson. The Tigers make one change, bringing in captain Kyle Howarth to partner Jack Holder. Peterborough stick with Chris Harris and Benjamin Basso whilst Wolverhampton also keep faith with their line-up of Sam Masters and Ryan Douglas.

AWAY DAYS

An adult ticket costs £19, concessions £17 and children £1. Official programmes cost £3. For travel information head here.

For more information about the club head to Leicester’s official website.

RACEDAY REPORT: PREMIERSHIP PAIRS – ROUND 5

Picture courtesy of Ian Charles

By Henry Chard

QUALIFYING SCORES

BELLE VUE 31: Brady Kurtz 18, Matej Zagar 10, Tom Brennan (RS) 3. Team Manager: Mark Lemon

IPSWICH 25: Jason Doyle 18, Erik Riss 5, Anders Rowe (RS) 2. Team Manager: Chris Louis

WOLVES 20: Sam Masters 15, Ryan Douglas 5, Ace Pijper (RS) 0. Team Manager: Peter Adams

PETERBOROUGH 20: Chris Harris 16, Benjamin Basso 4, Jordan Jenkins (RS) 0. Team Manager: Rob Lyon

SHEFFIELD 20: Jack Holder 14, Justin Sedgmen 4, Connor Mountain (RS) 2. Team Manager: Simon Stead

KING’S LYNN 19: Richard Lawson 8, Frederik Jakobsen 11, Jack Smith (RS) 0. Team Manager: Alex Brady

SEMI-FINAL: Doyle, Basso, Riss, Harris – 6-3 to Ipswich

FINAL: Zagar, Kurtz, Doyle, Riss – 7-2 to Belle Vue

REFEREE: C. Ackroyd

PREMIERSHIP PAIRS TABLE

TeamPoints
Ipswich46
Belle Vue34
King’s Lynn26
Sheffield26
Wolverhampton16
Peterborough12

THE STORY

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing of Jason Doyle and Erik Riss finished as runners-up in Round 5 of the Premiership Pairs at Belle Vue on Thursday night.

Ipswich had won the last three rounds of the competition and were the leaders heading to Manchester. The hosts topped the qualifying scores ahead of the Witches to progress directly to the final before Ipswich beat Peterborough in the semi-final. However, there was no stopping the Aces duo in the final as they raced to victory on the night, meaning Ipswich need just a fifth-place finish on Monday in the final round at Leicester to secure victory in the competition as they maintained their 12-point lead.

Stand-in team manager Chris Louis decided to use Rising Star Anders Rowe in heat three as Doyle flew from the gate to win the race ahead of Frederik Jakobsen with Rowe picking up third after Richard Lawson retired early on in the race, meaning a 6-3 heat advantage over King’s Lynn.

Doyle was a comfortable winner in heat five, but partner Riss retired at the back meaning a 4-5 to Sheffield.

Riss made the start in heat eight and hit the first turn ahead with Doyle at the back, but the Australian made a smart cut back on the second turn to fly into third before going under Sam Masters at the end of the opening lap to join Riss at the front as the Witches duo raced to a 7-2 maximum over Wolverhampton.

Doyle was in a class of his own in heat 11 as he won with ease ahead of Chris Harris and Riss picked up third for a 6-3 to Ipswich over Peterborough.

Belle Vue hit a 7-2 maximum over the Witches in heat 15 meaning they would progress directly to the final whilst the Witches would contest the semi-final.

There was a delay to proceedings as those behind the scenes decided who joined Ipswich in the semi-final with Peterborough, Sheffield and Wolverhampton tied on 20 points. Eventually after a ballot took place, it was the Panthers who were the opponents. The following day, the SCB released a statement apologising to Wolverhampton after Wolves should have qualified via the countback system and the Round 5 positions were adjusted.

Doyle was once again clear out front in the semi-final but with Harris second and Benjamin Basso third it looked like the Witches were heading out. However, Harris got out of shape on the final turn and took a nasty fall, meaning Ipswich progressed to the final.

The Aces were too good for the Witches in the final as they delighted their home crowd with a maximum to secure victory on the night, meaning it all goes down to the final round at Leicester on Monday.

REACTION FROM THE PROMOTER

Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches promoter Chris Louis reflects on Thursday’s fifth round at Belle Vue.

“It was a pretty solid performance. Anders came in early doors and picked up two points. The score chart might record that Lawson had a breakdown, but Anders was third anyway at that time and made a decent start, so I was really happy with that.

“Erik struggled all night but kept plugging away and picked up vital points for heat advantages. Jason was Jason and was so determined to win. It was a good solid performance all round. Yeah, we rode our luck in the semi-final at the end with Bomber (Chris Harris) crashing and we send our best wishes to him, we hope he is ok.

“There is no shame in finishing second to Belle Vue, they are hard to beat around here, particularly Brady and Zagar, so I was pleased with the end result. At the end of the day, we maintained our 12-point lead, it is a different team chasing now but to come in with a 12-point lead and leave with a 12-point lead, I’m happy with that.

“It is fairly straight forward for Monday, Belle Vue will need to win and if they do we need to avoid finishing last otherwise there will be a run-off. You can’t say it is impossible for us to finish last, even though we have had three wins and a second in the last four rounds. We were second from bottom in the opening round, so it can happen. We have got to go there determined to do well.”

WHAT IT MEANS

Ipswich pick up eight points and maintain their 12-point lead going into the final round after finishing as runners-up at the National Speedway Stadium. Only Belle Vue can now match Ipswich’s points total with victory on Monday night, meaning Ipswich need just a fifth-placed finish at Leicester to secure the title.

UP NEXT

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing heads to Leicester on Monday 31st October for the final round of the Premiership Pairs. Tickets can be purchased on the gate.

RACEDAY PREVIEW: PREMIERSHIP PAIRS – ROUND 5

By Henry Chard

All the details ahead of the fifth round of the Premiership Pairs.

WHEN & WHERE

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing travels to Belle Vue for the fifth round of the Premiership Pairs at the National Speedway Stadium on Thursday 27th October which starts at 7.30pm.

TEAMS

PETERBOROUGH: Chris Harris, Benjamin Basso, Jordan Jenkins (RS). Team Manager: Rob Lyon

SHEFFIELD: Jack Holder, Justin Sedgmen, Connor Mountain (RS). Team Manager: Simon Stead

WOLVES: Sam Masters, Ryan Douglas, Ace Pijper (RS). Team Manager: Peter Adams

BELLE VUE: Brady Kurtz, Matej Zagar, Tom Brennan (RS). Team Manager: Mark Lemon

IPSWICH: Jason Doyle, Erik Riss, Anders Rowe (RS). Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

KING’S LYNN: Richard Lawson, Frederik Jakobsen, Jack Smith (RS). Team Manager: Alex Brady

REFEREE: C. Ackroyd

PREMIERSHIP PAIRS TABLE

TeamPoints
Ipswich38
King’s Lynn26
Sheffield24
Belle Vue22
Wolverhampton10
Peterborough8

TICKETS

Tickets are available on the gate and in advance here. The meeting will also be streamed online here. A BSN+ subscription is required to watch. Each round can be purchased individually, priced at £12.99. BSN’s web URL is watch.britishspeedway.co.uk. BSN also has an App which is now available on Amazon Fire TV and on all IOS (Apple) devices.

THE STORY

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing heads to Manchester on Thursday for the fifth round of the Premiership Pairs. The round at the National Speedway Stadium was due to be the final one of the tournament, but with Tuesday’s fixture at Leicester postponed, there remains one round to be raced after Thursday’s meeting. Ipswich lead the competition having won the last three rounds at Ipswich, King’s Lynn and Wolverhampton. The lead is a healthy one with second place King’s Lynn 12 points behind, but the Stars, Sheffield and Belle Vue can all still catch the Witches with a strong fifth round showing at Belle Vue as they look to close the gap at the top before the sixth round. Wolverhampton and Peterborough are both out of contention.

Team manager Ritchie Hawkins once again fields number one Jason Doyle for this round whilst Erik Riss comes in for Troy Batchelor with Anders Rowe as the ‘Rising Star’. Doyle has been sublime everywhere he has gone in British speedway this season and has been ever-present in this competition racking up the points. Riss makes his debut in the competition having recently returned to the side after his ankle injury. Rowe is guaranteed at least one ride as part of the regulations.

HOW IT WORKS

The competition is a new addition to the calendar for 2022 with all six Premiership clubs staging a round throughout the season. Each club will have two riders and a ‘Rising Star’ at each round with scores accumulated over all six rounds before the overall aggregate winner is declared after the final round of the competition at Belle Vue in September. 12 points will be awarded to each round winner, eight points to second, six points to third, four points to fourth, two points to fifth and no points to sixth.

There will be 15 qualifying heats of action at each round with the top scoring team from the qualifying heats going directly to the final. The teams placed in second and third will compete in a semi-final with the winning side from that race progressing to the final to decide the round winners. Each team has five qualifying heats each and the ‘Rising Star’ must take at least one ride during the meeting. The points scoring system for the competition in each race will be 4-3-2-0.

FROM THE BOSS

Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins gives us his pre-match thoughts…

“We will have another go at the fifth round and it is still the same situation. We want to put in another good performance to keep ourselves right in there going into the last round. The weather forecast is looking good which is positive.

“We have chosen to put Erik in this round, he is worth a shot around Belle Vue. We have been there a couple of times this year, Danny (King) has been there a few times and not looked quick enough and the same applies to Troy, so we have nothing to lose by putting Erik in. We would have used him in the earlier rounds if the rules allowed at some points. It is great to have him back in the team and to give him another meeting and I’m sure they will put in a good performance.”

THE LINE-UP

Sheffield have Grand Prix rider Jack Holder in their side with Justin Sedgmen coming in for Adam Ellis for his first appearance in the competition. King’s Lynn were due to bring in Richie Worrall for this round but Frederik Jakobsen is now a late replacement for Worrall. He is partnered by Richard Lawson with the Stars sitting second in the table going into the penultimate round. The recently crowned Premiership champions and hosts Belle Vue have chosen skipper Brady Kurtz and have brought in Matej Zagar to replace the injured Max Fricke. Peterborough have ever-present Chris Harris in their pair with Benjamin Basso in for his debut alongside him. Wolves stick with Sam Masters and he is joined by Ryan Douglas for this round.

AWAY DAYS

Ticket prices can be found here and official programmes cost £3. For more information about your visit to the National Speedway Stadium, head here.

For more information about the club head to Belle Vue’s official website.

RACEDAY PREVIEW: PREMIERSHIP PAIRS – ROUND 5

By Henry Chard

All the details ahead of the fifth round of the Premiership Pairs.

WHEN & WHERE

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing travels to Leicester for the fifth round of the Premiership Pairs at the Beaumont Sports Complex on Tuesday 25th October which starts at 7.30pm.

TEAMS

IPSWICH: Jason Doyle, Danny King, Anders Rowe (RS). Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

KING’S LYNN: Richard Lawson, Richie Worrall, Jason Edwards (RS). Team Manager: Alex Brady

PETERBOROUGH: Chris Harris, Benjamin Basso, Jordan Jenkins (RS). Team Manager: Rob Lyon

SHEFFIELD: Jack Holder, Adam Ellis, Connor Mountain (RS). Team Manager: Simon Stead

WOLVES: Luke Becker, Steve Worrall, Joe Thompson (RS). Team Manager: Peter Adams

BELLE VUE: Brady Kurtz, Matej Zagar, Tom Brennan (RS). Team Manager: Mark Lemon

REFEREE: W. Jarvis

PREMIERSHIP PAIRS TABLE

TeamPoints
Ipswich38
King’s Lynn26
Sheffield24
Belle Vue22
Wolverhampton10
Peterborough8

TICKETS

Tickets are available on the gate and in advance here. The meeting will also be streamed online here. A BSN+ subscription is required to watch. Each round can be purchased individually, priced at £12.99. BSN’s web URL is watch.britishspeedway.co.uk. BSN also has an App which is now available on Amazon Fire TV and on all IOS (Apple) devices.

THE STORY

The ‘Tru Mix’ Witches pairing heads to Leicester on Tuesday for the fifth round of the Premiership Pairs. The round was due to be held at Sheffield but has been moved to Leicester due to stadium unavailability. Ipswich lead the competition having won the last three rounds at Ipswich, King’s Lynn and Wolverhampton. The lead is a healthy one with second place King’s Lynn 12 points behind, but the Stars, Sheffield and Belle Vue can all still catch the Witches with a strong fifth round showing at Leicester as they look to close the gap at the top before the sixth round at the National Speedway Stadium. Wolverhampton and Peterborough are both out of contention.

Team manager Ritchie Hawkins once again fields number one Jason Doyle for this round whilst Danny King comes in for Troy Batchelor with Anders Rowe as the ‘Rising Star’. Doyle has been sublime everywhere he has gone in British speedway this season and has been ever-present in this competition racking up the points.

King partnered Doyle to victory in Round 3 at King’s Lynn and is back in the side for the trip to Leicester. The skipper rode for the Lions in 2017 and 2018 whilst Rowe was also a Lion earlier in 2022 and is guaranteed at least one ride as part of the regulations.

HOW IT WORKS

The competition is a new addition to the calendar for 2022 with all six Premiership clubs staging a round throughout the season. Each club will have two riders and a ‘Rising Star’ at each round with scores accumulated over all six rounds before the overall aggregate winner is declared after the final round of the competition at Belle Vue in September. 12 points will be awarded to each round winner, eight points to second, six points to third, four points to fourth, two points to fifth and no points to sixth.

There will be 15 qualifying heats of action at each round with the top scoring team from the qualifying heats going directly to the final. The teams placed in second and third will compete in a semi-final with the winning side from that race progressing to the final to decide the round winners. Each team has five qualifying heats each and the ‘Rising Star’ must take at least one ride during the meeting. The points scoring system for the competition in each race will be 4-3-2-0.

FROM THE BOSS

Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins gives us his pre-match thoughts…

“We will look to win the meeting again and seal the overall win in the fifth round but it will be another strong line-up so it will be tough to win another round. We need to get as many points as possible to make sure we go into the last round in as strong a position as possible. We have Doyley and Danny, so I feel like we have a strong pairing.

“We had a little fitness doubt over Danny with his broken finger, but he came through Monday at Sheffield fully fit, and he has important meetings with Poole as well. Danny has been at Leicester a few times with Poole this year and has done very well.

“It is probably better for everyone other than Sheffield because it is an even playing field and there is no home track advantage.”

THE LINE-UP

Sheffield have Grand Prix rider Jack Holder in their side alongside Adam Ellis for the second round running. King’s Lynn have brought in Richie Worrall for this round who rides for Leicester in the Championship, and he is partnered by Richard Lawson with the Stars sitting second in the table going into the penultimate round. The recently crowned Premiership champions Belle Vue have chosen skipper Brady Kurtz and have brought in Matej Zagar to replace the injured Max Fricke. Peterborough have ever-present Chris Harris in their pair with Benjamin Basso in for his debut alongside him. Wolves bring Steve Worrall back into their side and give a debut to Luke Becker in the competition.

AWAY DAYS

An adult ticket costs £19, concessions £17 and children £1. Official programmes cost £3. For travel information head here.

For more information about the club head to Leicester’s official website.