Louis gets his wish

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches promoter John Louis has got his wish - just one tactical rider will be used in British speedway next season.This was decided at the annual British Speedway Promoters' Association conference at Coventry.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches promoter John Louis has got his wish - just one tactical rider will be used in British speedway next season.

This was decided at the annual British Speedway Promoters' Association conference at Coventry.

The controversial tactical ride rule, which effectively allowed Peterborough to pip Reading in the Elite League play-off final, has also been modified so that teams have to be ten points down before they ride for double points in this way.

Under the previous rule teams could potentially claw back 14 points from two races to turn meetings in their favour.

The tactical substitution rule, where a rider can replace one of his colleagues for double points off a 15-metre handicap, remains as an option for team bosses when eight points down. Again, this can only be used once.

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British Speedway chairman Pete Toogood said: “We listened to the fans and come up with the modification to the rule.”

AGM decisions

POINTS LIMIT: Elite League clubs must now build their teams to a combined average of no more than 42.5 (42 in 2006), not including bonus points. British riders who have progressed from the Academy/Conference League system will be given a discounted average for team building purposes when making the step into the Elite League.

Premier League clubs can build teams to 40-points (not including bonus) to include two British riders at reserve who have

progressed from the Conference League.

BRITISH ACADEMY LEAGUE: At least 15 clubs have given their intention to enter a team for the league.

NEW CLUB: Birmingham Brummies have been accepted into the 2007 Premier League and the 2007 season starts on March 15.

RIDING ORDER: The top two riders in average order must now be at numbers one and three in team riding order.

RACE FORMAT: Heat one will see the number one riders start from the outside gates in order to give 'second strings' a better chance of success. Heat 15 will again feature riders nominated by the respective team managers who can select from the top three scorers on the night and/or the top three in average order.

CRAVEN SHIELD: A proposal has been made to revamp and enhance the competition with a fifth rider in every race with a handicap format at the end of the season. The proposal has been put to the Speedway Riders' Association who were represented at the AGM.