Witches give junior riders extra races
SPEEDWAY: Ipswich Evening Star Witches are gearing themselves up for a successful future. This year they are going to run four races for junior riders after most matches at Foxhall Stadium.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Evening Star Witches are gearing themselves up for a successful future.
This year they are going to run four races for junior riders after most matches at Foxhall Stadium.
Witches director Magda Louis said: "We want to build up a crew of talented youngsters, who will have the chance to develop into our Elite League team."
Because of restrictions on the use of their stadium Ipswich cannot enter a team in the Conference League or run training schools.
The riders will enter a championship with eight riding each week. After two heats there will be a main and consolation final. Points will be accumulated and a winner will be crowned at the end of the season.
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"The Evening Star survey completed by so many fans last November showed a need for this type of second-half action," added Mrs Louis. "Nick Barber from our track shop, his father Colin and brother Jonathan are supporting the venture."
The first junior racing will take place on March 21 after the home Elite League match against Wolverhampton, and budding riders are asked to contact Ipswich speedway as soon as possible.
THIS week's Speedway Star carries a six-page review of the Ipswich Evening Star Witches 2001 season.
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The event, commemorating the birth of speedway racing in Britain on a cinder track behind the King's Oak Hotel on Sunday, February 19, 1928, is free and attracts speedway stars old and new, giving fans the chance to chat with their heroes.
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