Loram vows to set Foxhall alight
MARK Loram has vowed to set Foxhall Stadium alight next speedway season.Not by putting a torch to the arena, but by scorching to regular double figure scores in the Elite League.
By Elvin King
MARK Loram has vowed to set Foxhall Stadium alight next speedway season.
Not by putting a torch to the arena, but by scorching to regular double figure scores in the Elite League.
The 2000 world champion has today agreed terms to stay with Ipswich Evening Star Witches for a second season.
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He was a big hit this year with Witches fans, who will be delighted with news that will be staying.
Loram said: “The Ipswich deal was straightforward and I am very pleased to be staying.
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“The potential is there for me to improve on my 2006 scores and this is my intention.
“I can't wait to get cracking and clocking up the double figure scores.
“It was a very good year for me, but a shame the team dropped away at the end.
“I am very comfortable riding for Ipswich and hopefully we can win something in 2007.”
The 35-year-old is the Witches' first confirmed signing for 2007.
A one-year loan deal has been agreed with Terry Russell who owns Loram's English registration.
And Chris Louis has confirmed that Loram will be the Ipswich spearhead next season.
This virtually rules out the return for a third year of Pole Piotr Protas-iewicz, although this is no major surprise after the 31-year-old's form dropped away dramatically in both the 2005 and 2006 Elite League campaigns.
“Unless our plans radically change, Mark will be our number one next year,” said Witches skipper and rider/manager Louis.
“He will lead us from the front and I can see him scoring more freely than he did this year.
“Mark did exceptionally well, moving up to become our number one.
“He proved a huge hit both on and off the track.
“His high scoring speaks for itself, and he also brought so much else to the club.
“The other riders look up to him and it will certainly help us to build the side we want with Mark in the forefront.”
Loram's green sheet average is 8.84 and this is an increase on 8.14 with Arena-Essex in 2005.
This shows the improvement made at a club that is close to Stowmarket where Loram has been based for the last decade.
Loram first rode for Ipswich in John Louis' first season as promoter at Foxhall Stadium in 1989.
However, while the Witches stayed in the National League, Loram moved up to the top flight with King's Lynn in 1990.
He has also ridden for Exeter (1997), Bradford (1998), Wolverhampton (1999/2000), Poole (2001), Peterborough (2002/03) and East-bourne (2004/05) before riding for Arena-Essex in 2005.
Loram won the British individual championship in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
However, he was not allowed to contest it last year because of administration problems.