Parr: We need more consistency!
Redcar team boss Gavin Parr believes his side need more consistency in the middle-lower order to achieve the club’s aims but has told supporters not to worry in the early stages of the campaign. The Bears host Birmingham this Saturday with a 7:30 start at the ECCO Arena in their final BSN Series group stage clash with a win by any amount taking the “Agilia” Bears into the BSN Series semi-finals.
Parr said, “ It’s definitely not time to panic and there’s a long way to go in the season but we do need start to eradicate the last places. We also need to remember we had 3 very good results last week.”
The likeable Geordie also knows the Brummies cannot be taken lightly despite losing all 4 of their meetings so far this season, “ Birmingham cannot be taken lightly at all, Nick Morris is a number 1 in any team and Justin Sedgmen is the kind of rider who can go out there and get you 6 or 14. Stefan Nielsen also rides our place really well and their 2 reserves are also good on their day but I would be very disappointed if we weren’t in the semi-finals by the end of Saturday’s meeting.”
The cycle Speedway competitor also commented on the status of Erik Riss who has been missing for the Bears since April 2nd, “ I woke up on Wednesday morning to a wonderful text from our friendly German telling me he was feeling much better over the last couple of days, Erik is awaiting a procedure in Germany on Friday and I am optimistic that we might have Erik back for next Friday at Edinburgh.”
The former Cubs boss also praised the attitude of Richard Lawson who once again deputises for Riss, “ I think Richard was speaking to Charles (Wright) and he was saying he loves what we are doing at Redcar and he really likes the atmosphere in the pits. He also was impressed by the support at Berwick from the fans who travelled. Richard isn’t asking for crazy money and you know you will always get 100% from him and if Erik can’t make it he’s my go to man!”
Parr also joked about “The Law” arriving on time after his mishap ahead of the Scunthorpe match when the Poole man had a flat tyre before leaving home and then hit traffic on his way to the ECCO Arena, “ I told him, he needs his locking wheel nut with him and let’s just say it was a stressful few hours for me. I was thinking of telling him it was a 3:30 start to make sure he arrives on time!”
Parr has once again called on the services on the aforementioned Lawson who will make his 4th appearance as a guest for the Bears this season whilst Danny King will be looking to keep up his incredible Bears form after winning 8 out of his last 9 races in Redcar colours. Meanwhile, Birmingham once again call on the services of Poole’s talented Aussie, Zach Cook to guest in place of James Wright who is still working his way back to fitness after a shoulder injury.
Fans are also reminded that Saturday’s clash will be streamed at www.redcar-speedway.tv for any supporters who are unable to attend the ECCO Arena. Additionally, supporters are also encouraged to stay behind for a full 9 heat second half match between the Redcar “Gallagher Insurance” Cubs and the Birmingham Bulls.
Redcar “Agilia” Bears
- Richard Lawson (G) 8.24
- Danyon Hume 5.68
- Charles Wright 7.40 ©
- Connor Bailey 4.32
- Danny King 8.05
- Jason Edwards 3.80
- Jake Mulford 2.00
™: Gavin Parr
- Nick Morris 10.13
- Alfie Bowtell 4.28
- Zach Cook 5.51 (G)
- Stefan Nielsen 4.82
- Justin Sedgmen 7.04 ©
- Ty Proctor 4.00
- James Pearson 4.00
™: Laurence Rodgers