Swales: Redcar always produces great racing!
Redcar co-promoter Jamie Swales has praised the Ecco Arena track as the club offer £10 speedway ahead of the British under 19 final tomorrow evening (19:30 start), “No matter the standard of the riders on show, our track always produces excellent racing and Thursday night will be no different!”
Swales discussed the contenders for the title with Leon Flint the favourite for the crown, “Leon is the favourite for the meeting but he does have a back problem at the moment. Leon at 50% is still probably the favourite. The next highest averaged rider is Joe Thompson but as we saw last week, Joe doesn’t ride the Redcar track that well.”
The former Workington rider believes the battle for a podium finish is wide open, “There is a good opportunity for some riders to take a place on the podium like Nathan Ablitt who rides for Poole, Archie Freeman who is one to keep an eye on.
Swales also discussed two recently eligible riders who will be ones to watch during the night, “There are two 15 year olds who have just turned 15 so they are now eligible for the competition. You have Jody Scott who has been banging in points in the National League and Luke Harrison who has been doing well on the 250cc machines. Luke has literally just turned 15 so he hasn’t even made his National League debut yet. Luke is at reserve but I expect he will get a ride on the night.”
The line-up includes the aforementioned contenders Flint, Thompson and Ablitt whilst there is also some great young talent on display. Oxford Charger’s Sam Hagon, Leicester Cub’s Max Perry, Belle Vue Colts’ Sam McGurk, local lad Elliot Kelly and the former Kent starlet Jake Mulford.
The line-up will race across a 20 heat format with the highest scorer taking the title.
A reminder that tickets can be purchased online or on the gate for £10. Season tickets will NOT be valid for this meeting.The meeting will also be streamed at www.redcar-speedway.tv for £11.99. Heat by heat updates will also be provided on the club’s official Twitter page
DRAW: 1 Harry McGurk, 2 Sam Hagon, 3 Max James, 4 Archie Freeman, 5 Vinnie Foord, 6 Joe Thompson, 7 Elliot Kelly, 8 Jody Scott, 9 Ace Pijper, 10 Max Perry, 11 Sam McGurk, 12 Jake Mulford, 13 Leon Flint, 14 Gregor Millar, 15 Nathan Ablitt, 16 Freddy Hodder. Reserves: Luke Harrison, Jack Shimelt.