The Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors return to action this Thursday (16) as teams representing Southampton and Portsmouth compete in a triangular tournament.

The whole of the home squad will taste the action at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde, representing one of the three competing teams.

They will be joined by visiting riders Danny Ayres, Matt Marson and Tom Woolley as well as former Warrior Connor Coles and crowd favourite Sean Tedham.

Home co-promoter Barry Bishop said:

“This week we want to put on something a little different in the shape of a three-team tournament.

“The format was tried at a couple of other tracks last year and received positive comments so Martin and I believed it would be good to run here. Riding in pairs, each team will have four riders and a reserve and each rider will have four rides.

“The event will culminate in a top scorers shoot out and we will intersperse four heats for the reserves so seventeen heats of racing in total. We have tried to balance the teams to offer the best action possible so we hope our fans will support this new initiative.”

This week anyone aged 75 gains free admission as part of the weekly age incentive being run by the club.

Proof of age is required at the turnstile.

Gates open at 5.30pm ahead of the first race at 7pm.

The teams are currently expected to be:

Isle of Wight (sponsored by Wightlink): Danny Ayres, Danno Verge, Connor Coles, Connor King and Morgan Williams (reserve).

City of Southampton (sponsored by F P McCann): Ben Morley, Shaun Tedham, Ryan Terry-Daley, Matt Marson and James Luckman (reserve).

City of Portsmouth (sponsored by Haha Training): Georgie Wood, Chris Widman, Chad Wirtzfeld, Tom Woolley and Jamie Sealey (reserve).