The Isle of Wight Warriors speedway team will feature in a new four-team tournament set to take place at the end of July.

The ‘SilverSki’ competition will see the Islanders lock horns with Plymouth, Mildenhall and Kent across 16 heats, with each track staging one round.

The series will begin over two evenings in late July at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde and will then move way out west for a second leg in the Gladiators’ arena in the naval city of Plymouth.

The action then moves in the opening weekend of August to the Fenland home of National Trophy holders, Mildenhall before the final denouncement at Kent’s Central Park Stadium.

‘Wightlink’ Warriors co-promoter Barry Bishop says he is looking forward to it:

“I think these meetings have the potential to be amongst the best on our calendar…

“I have already had many supporters tell me what a good idea this is and I really do think we will see four cracking meetings with our boys having a good chance of overall success.”

Another man who will be keeping a close eye on things will be Jason Pipe, the newly appointed National League coordinator.

He said:

“The SilverSki fours will run in a different way with each competing track hosting a round in full meeting format and I will be looking closely at how well these meetings are supported.

“If they are as successful as I think they will be, it could pave the way for something similar across the National League in 2020. Good luck to the four sides involved.”


Thursday 25th. July Isle of Wight 1st. leg
Friday 26th. July Plymouth 2nd. leg
Sunday 4th. August Mildenhall 3rd. leg
Monday 5th. August [provisional] Kent 4th. leg