Parr: Let’s remain undefeated!
Redcar team boss Gavin Parr has challenged his Redcar “Agilia” Bears to preserve the side’s undefeated league record at the ECCO Arena as the Bears host the Glasgow Tigers tomorrow with tapes up at 5pm.
Parr is confident ahead of the final Cab Direct Championship league clash, “ We want to stay undefeated and we will be going for the win and the aggregate bonus point to remain undefeated at home.”
Ahead of the clash, Redcar have brought in Ben Cook as a guest for Charles Wright with the Redcar skipper racing in the Polish Ekstraliga for Wroclaw and Parr has explained how the move came about, “ Around 3 weeks ago, Charles signed to race for Wroclaw initially as an injury replacement. Subsequently, Charles went to practice on the Saturday with the intention of covering for Piotr Pawlicki for the Sunday and beyond but after the practise, Pawlicki declared himself fit but Charles then signed to cover in the event of another rider suffering an injury. Obviously, Tai Woffinden then crashed so Charles has been called up for Wroclaw for their play-off semi final with the Ekstraliga taking precedence.”
Parr also discussed why he plumped for Ben Cook ahead of Redcar’s final match before the play-offs, “ Despite Charles racing on a 9.33 average in 2023, his rolling average is only 8.00 so we looked at the available guests and chose Ben Cook which I’m sure people will be happy with! Ben loves the ECCO Arena and he has shown that on plenty of occasions whilst racing for Poole and he also rode really well for 3rd in the CLRC!”
Despite Redcar’s confidence flowing, Parr knows the Bears will have a challenge on their hands against Glasgow, “ With Glasgow signing Vadim Tarasenko, they are probably the strongest top 5 that have visited Redcar in 2023 but with Tarasenko not having raced here before, it may take him a couple of rides to get dialled in but make no mistake, he’s world class!”
With the play-offs fast approaching, Parr also offered an update on Redcar’s play-off path, “ By Sunday, we should hopefully know our mini group for the play-offs. After Oxford have visited Glasgow, Jamie (Swales) and the other promoters will be sitting down to map out the play-off fixtures.”
As discussed, Poole’s Ben Cook comes in to guest for Charles Wright whilst Birmingham’s Sam Hagon guests in place of the injured Jake Mulford with regular Redcar guest, Luke Harrison on National League duty with Workington. Additionally, with September’s rolling averages coming into effect, Danny King moves into the number 1 slot whilst Charles Wright moves into number 5 with King also standing in as skipper for the final home league fixture of the season.
The visitors also bring in a guest with Richard Lawson stepping in to replace Benjamin Basso who is also on Polish duty whilst the aforementioned Vadim Tarasenko makes his away debut for Glasgow. Glasgow also have an injury concern in the shape of Claus Vissing who crashed in Denmark on Wednesday, if the Dane is unavailable, rider replacement will run in his absence.
For any supporters unable to attend the ECCO Arena, the match can be live streamed at www.redcar-speedway.tv
Redcar “Agilia” Bears
- Danny King © 8.54
- Danyon Hume 4.88
- Connor Bailey 5.60
- Erik Riss 7.62
- Ben Cook (G) 8.00
- Jason Edwards 4.75
- Sam Hagon (G) 3.14
™: Gavin Parr
- Chris Harris © 9.30
- Tom Brennan 7.16
- Vadim Tarasenko 5.00
- Claus Vissing 6.24 or rider replacement
- Richard Lawson (G) 9.10
- Lee Complin 3.87
- Ace Pijper 2.00
™: Cameron Brown