Witches face hard task to replace Loram

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches promoter John Louis today admitted it will be hard to find a replacement for number one rider Mark Loram.“We scoured the world looking for a top flight rider for six months - and didn't find one,” said Louis.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches promoter John Louis today admitted it will be hard to find a replacement for number one rider Mark Loram.

“We scoured the world looking for a top flight rider for six months - and didn't find one,” said Louis. “Now we have got to start again. This is the last thing we wanted.”

Already likely to be a difficult year for Ipswich, Loram's loss for the campaign with a broken bone in his left thigh will only heighten their problems.

Jason Gillingham, the chief paramedic on duty at Foxhall last night: said: “Mark was conscious the whole time.

“We needed time on the track to put his left leg in traction and we gave him morphine to relieve the pain.

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“By the time he got to hospital he was in good spirits.”

Jim Lynch, the Reading team manager, said: “It was the right decision by the referee to exclude Zdenek Simota for causing the crash, but it was an accident and there was a coming together before both riders went hurtling into the fence.”

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