Parr: We have to be sharp from the start!
Redcar team boss Gavin Parr has told his side they must start on the front foot against Scunthorpe this Friday as the Bears face a potentially decisive BSN Series group decider against the Scorpions with tapes up at 7:30 at the ECCO Arena.
Parr has stressed the importance of starting fast against the current group leaders, Scunthorpe, ” The lads know what is needed from themselves, we need to win and then we need to win by more than 10 points to secure the aggregate bonus point. We need to hit the ground running straight away, hit them hard and early and hopefully knock the confidence out of the Scorpions straight away.”
The Bears, fresh from their resounding away success at Birmingham, face a Scunthorpe side who have an unblemished record in 2023 and Parr knows they will be no pushovers, ” Scunthorpe are a good side, they will cause a lot of teams a lot of problems this season, home and away and we are certainly not taking the Scorpions lightly.”
Parr was also impressed with the performance of the Bears side, whilst giving special mentions to 3 of the Bears younger stars, ” Connor (Bailey), Jake (Mulford) and Danyon (Hume) were all fantastic last night, as were the rest of the side. Jake has got the monkey off his back after not winning a race at this level until last night whilst Connor had a superb win and on a track that afforded more passing, Danyon would’ve had 6 points easily.”
Parr also revealed the confidence Mulford gained from his superb heat 4 win at Birmingham, something the Bears boss hopes he continues in the weeks to come, ” When Jake came back into the pits after his win it was clear to see how much confidence that gave him, sometimes you don’t actually realise how much confidence winning a race does for you and that win has certainly helped Jake!”
The Bears remain unchanged from Wednesday as they continue to track Richard Lawson at number 1 in place of Erik Riss whilst Connor Bailey will be looking to carry on where he left off in the second city after his brilliant heat 11 win alongside Richard Lawson.
The Scorpions have drafted in former Bear Adam Roynon to guest in place of the long term injury victim Zaine Kennedy. Scunthorpe are led by their number 1, Ryan Douglas who scored 16 on his last visit to the ECCO Arena. The visitors also track two former Bears in their line-up as Jake Allen and Michael Palm-Toft once again return to the ECCO Arena.
Supporters who are unable to attend the ECCO Arena are reminded that the meeting can be live streamed at www.redcar-speedway.tv for £11.99
Redcar “Agilia” Bears
Richard Lawson 8.24 (G)
Connor Bailey 4.32
Charles Wright 7.40 ©
Danyon Hume 5.68
Danny King 8.05
Jason Edwards 3.80
Jake Mulford 2.00
Ryan Douglas 9.38
Simon Lambert © 5.20
Connor Mountain 4.72
Jake Allen 6.30
Michael Palm-Toft 6.76
Adam Roynon 4.27 (G)
Joe Thompson 3.27