Riss: This is the perfect early test!
Redcar’s number 1, Erik Riss has labelled tomorrow’s Tyne-Tees trophy clash against a Newcastle select the “perfect” test for the new look Bears ahead of a tantalising 2023 campaign.
The German star believes challenge matches this year are more important than ever for him, “This challenge match comes in handy for me this year, especially at Redcar as I am using an engine at home this Friday that I have never used at the ECCO Arena before.”
Unusually, Riss will start his league campaign in the top division with Ipswich before a Championship level challenge as the former World Longtrack Champion explained, “ Challenge matches like Friday’s would usually carry extra importance as I would be testing machinery and getting back into the swing of things but I have a league match this evening for Ipswich so it is straight in at the deep end!”
Riss also lauded the efforts of the Redcar promotion for the side they have recruited to represent Newcastle, “This match is a good challenge for us as the Redcar promotion have assembled a good, solid team for Newcastle. If you want to test something like I am testing an engine on Friday, you want to test things against good riders like the riders I will be facing.”
The fast starting German star also discussed his 2023 goals, “ I am looking to stay at number 1 for the Bears and increase my Championship average. I know what I am capable of, I just need to put it together for a full season. I have also made some changes over the winter as I have brought different engines over to the UK but you never know what will happen until you start racing!”
Redcar will hand debuts to Connor Bailey, Danyon Hume, Danny King and Jake Mulford as the new look Bears set their sights on an opening night win in preparation for next week’s back to back KO Cup clashes with Berwick.
As announced earlier this week, the Diamonds select will be a strong one with the visitors tracking Poole skipper Steve Worrall at number 1, Steve will be joined by his brother Richie Worrall at 5. The Diamonds also look particularly strong at reserve with Connor Mountain and Alfie Bowtell looking to do some damage at the ECCO Arena. Evidence of the strength of the Newcastle side is shown by the fact that the 1-7 actually comes in above the Championship points limit at 41 points!
This challenge match would not have been possible without the fantastic backing of our club sponsors and the sponsors of the Diamonds select side.
Fans who are unable to attend the ECCO Arena to see the “Agilia” Bears take on the Diamonds are reminded that the meeting will be streamed live for £11.99 by our streaming partners Tapes Up. For more details, please visit www.redcar-speedway.tv
Redcar “Agilia” Bears
Erik Riss 8.24
Connor Bailey 4.32
Charles Wright © 7.40
Danyon Hume 5.68
Danny King 8.05
Jason Edwards 3.80
Jake Mulford 2.00
Newcastle Diamonds select
Steve Worrall 8.05
Max Clegg 5.36
James Wright 5.51
Paul Starke 5.11
Richie Worrall 7.97
Connor Mountain 4.72
Alfie Bowtell 4.28