Ben Fund Postponed.
With regret it has been decided by the organisers that this Sunday’s scheduled Ben Fund Bonanza planned for Redcar will not go ahead, with the eagerly-awaited tenth staging now being held over until 2019. Of course the original intention had been to hold it at Peterborough in March but that was called off early due to the very bad weather around that time.
The Redcar event has been a different story as SRBF Chairman Paul Ackroyd explained: “Our reason for calling off Sunday’s event is that we don’t want to present a meeting which isn’t up to the standard we have set in the past and doesn’t give supporters value for money. “When we booked Redcar for 7th October there were no other meetings on the BSPA calendar. The Showground at Peterborough wasn’t available and Redcar was kindly offered. However subsequently other matches have been organised, and the strong field we had planned has been depleted due to riders being forced to withdraw for various unforeseeable reasons. “It would not have been right to ask fans to come in the large numbers we always hope for. We will come back better and stronger, because our injured riders need us to do that. Discussions have already been taking place.”
The organisers wish to thank those who had worked hard on the meeting or agreed to sponsor, and riders such as Steve Worrall and Chris Harris who have been regular competitors and were due to ride again. The decision means that Ben Barker, currently on the injured list, will be able to maintain his ever present record.