Parr: No repeat performance!
Redcar team boss Gavin Parr has told his Bears side that they need to bounce back from last week’s home defeat against Poole as the “Agilia” Bears take on the Glasgow Tigers in the first leg of the KO Cup quarter final with tapes up at 7:30 at the ECCO Arena.
Parr, who heaped praise on Poole, was at a loss to explain the Bears gating struggles, “ I don’t know quite what happened with our gating as 3 nights previously we had outgated Poole quite regularly away from home but they are a very good side.”
Parr, in his first year in the team manager position, has stressed the importance of bouncing back, “ We can’t repeat what happened last week and the lads are determined to put things right and that starts this Friday! “
The former racer turned manager also highlighted the Bears second string duo, Connor Bailey and Danyon Hume with both men set to face their former employers, “ Connor and Danyon have given us absolutely everything so far, it may not have been reflected in their scores but there’s no doubt they’ve given everything for the club and I’m sure they will be looking to show the Glasgow promotion what they can do.”
Parr has brought in the experienced Steve Worrall for tomorrow’s match with the Poole number 1 scoring 10 for the Pirates at the ECCO Arena last week and Parr is happy to have Stevie on board, “ Stevie is the ultimate professional and everyone knows that last week’s incident with Jason was just a racing collision with nobody thinking any malice was involved. Stevie will give us 110%, I’ve got no doubts about that!”
Parr also discussed the high amount of gate winners from gates 2&4, an extremely rare occurrence at the ECCO Arena, “ The gates were very uneven which we have never had that before, 2&4 won every race apart from heat 14 which surprised us all as Johnny Swales did the track exactly the same. If I am honest, we are scratching our heads as to why that happened!”
The personable Geordie wants to build a strong lead to head to Ashfield with next Tuesday, “ First things first, I want to get the win but overall, I would like to build an 8-10 point lead for Tuesday. Having Connor (Bailey) and Danyon (Hume) in the team means we can definitely put the frighteners on them up there as Charles (Wright) and Danny (King) also go well around Glasgow.”
The Bears bring in the aforementioned Steve Worrall to guest for Erik Riss at number 1 with the Bears management turning to the former Newcastle man after original booking Richard Lawson crashed on Monday whilst racing for Leicester.
Meanwhile, the visitors track a full 1-7 with Benjamin Basso and Ace Pijper looking to replicate their performances in the 2022 Silver Helmet when Basso reached the podium whilst Pijper hit a mightily impressive 9 points. British legend Chris Harris will also be looking to impress with the 40 year old having a strong start to 2023 whilst Marcin Nowak makes his first appearance at Redcar.
Bears fans are reminded that season tickets are not valid for this fixture with the clash being a cup match. Additionally, any fans who are unable to attend the ECCO Arena can purchase the meeting’s live stream for just £11.99 from www.redcar-speedway.tv .
Redcar “Agilia” Bears
Steve Worrall 8.24 (G)
Danyon Hume 5.68
Charles Wright 7.40 ©
Connor Bailey 4.32
Danny King 8.05
Jason Edwards 3.80
Jake Mulford 2.90
™: Gavin Parr
Chris Harris 8.76
Marcin Nowak 5.00
Ben Basso 8.52
Claus Vissing 5.00
Tom Brennan 6.71 ©
Lee Complin 4.00
Ace Pijper 2.00
™: Cami Brown