The Witches partnership of Nico Covatti and Morten Risager will look to defend the Premier League Pairs title at Somerset on Friday (6.45pm).

With Danny King on Grand Prix Practice duty he is unable to take part in the meeting at the Oak Tree Arena. The Witches are the current holders of the Pairs trophy after King and Rohan Tungate took the title last year at the same venue.

Risager scored eight in the Witches visit to Somerset earlier this season whilst Covatti scored four.

Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins is hopeful on the team’s chances of success and says no last places is key in the meeting.

“It’s a real tough meeting and a lot is down to who performs on the day at the top level but they’ve got to go there and give it everything and see how we get on,” said Hawkins.

“No last places is key, in the Pairs it’s a unique meeting where second and third beats 1st and 4th, you get more points for that so that is the way to go if we can’t get first and second obviously!

Nico and Morten have rode together for a few meetings now so they can use that in the meeting too.”

We have been drawn in Group B alongside the Edinburgh Monarchs, Sheffield Tigers, Rye House Rockets and Plymouth Devils.

10 teams will compete in two groups and each team will ride against every other team in their group (four rides each) with the top two teams in each group progressing to the sudden death semi-finals.

The winners of each semi-final will then race in a winner-takes-all Grand Final whilst the semi-final losers will race-off for third place.

It will be four points for a win, three for second, two for third and zero for fourth in each heat.

Here is a full list of the groups:


Glasgow – Richard Lawson & Aaron Summers

Workington – Claus Vissing & Ricky Wells

Somerset – Josh Grajczonek & Rohan Tungate

Newcastle – Ludvig Lindgren & Matej Kus

Peterborough – Ulrich Ostergaard & Nikolaj B. Jakobsen



Sheffield – Simon Stead & Kyle Howarth

Edinburgh – Sam Masters & Ryan Fisher

Ipswich – Nico Covatti & Morten Risager

Rye House – Edward Kennett and Stuart Robson

Plymouth – Jack Holder and Todd Kurtz



Date: Friday, July 8 (6.45pm Parade)

Venue: Oak Tree Arena, Edithmead, Nr Highbridge, Somerset TA9 4HA

Telephone: 01278 782216


Admission Prices:

Adults: £20

Concessions: £15

Junior (12-15): £5

Children (Under 11s): FREE

Programme: £4