Edwards ready for Redcar progression!
Jason Edwards believes 2022 is the season he stamps his mark on British Speedway with Redcar after agreeing a deal to partner Jordan Jenkins at reserve for the Teessiders in 2022. The youngster has also set an ambitious target by declaring, “I want to be in the main body by the end of the season, that’s my ultimate aim!”
Edwards also rides for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the National Development league but the Essex based starlet suffered a disrupted 2021 campaign. The new Redcar reserve was the unfortunate victim of the numbers game when he was dropped by both Eastbourne and Plymouth despite doing very little wrong, especially in Gladiators colours.
Despite these setbacks, the likeable 19 year old did enjoy a strong end to the year with a handful of guest bookings for the Edinburgh Monarchs whilst he claimed the National League title with Mildenhall alongside his new Redcar reserve Jordan Jenkins. Edwards spoke of his excitement at this chance, “I visited Redcar on many occasions last season and it’s a track I look forward to racing. The track is always prepared brilliantly, there are lots of great people around the club and I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to join Redcar this season. Finally, I have always said you want to ride at the tracks you enjoy the most and Redcar definitely ticks that box for me.”
The aforementioned guest bookings helped Edinburgh to the play-off semi-finals, coincidentally at the expense of the Bears! Remarkably, Edwards hit paid 20 across 4 high pressure play-off encounters and if the former Gladiator can replicate this form for Redcar the fans are in for a treat! Redcar co-promoter Jamie Swales has described the acquisition of Edwards as “a steal on his average” and the former rider turned promoter is sure to be proved right, especially if Edwards late season form is anything to go by!
Redcar team manager Jade Mudgway revealed that Edwards’ attitude was a factor in bringing him to Redcar, “Jason (Edwards) really impressed me with his attitude when he guested for us at Birmingham. After that night I decided I wanted him in the team for 2022 and both of our reserves have potential which is exciting.”
Edwards also believes that with the STMP being a purpose built speedway arena, he can get as much practise time as possible to progress his career as quickly as possible, “With a lot of tracks they have greyhound racing but the STMP is purpose built and the club are always running training days and amateur meetings so being here will offer me more of these opportunities to take my career to the next level.”