Speedway image by Ian Groves

Four speedway teams will go head-to-head across 16 races at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde tomorrow evening (Thursday).

A three round series will see similar events in Plymouth on Friday (26) and Kent a week on Monday (29).

Mildenhall Fen Tigers were due to compete but had to withdraw because of a problem accommodating their home leg.

Instead, a composite side has been assembled under the banner of the Breem Construction Stars.

The Stars will include the feisty Luke Bowen returning after a serious leg injury as well as the vastly experienced speedway, sand-track, long-track and grasstrack master Paul Hurry who is also closely involved in a coaching role with GB’s younger riders.

Kent look like the team to beat, but will have to do without Drew Kemp who has other commitments.

His place will be filled by their former captain and asset Jack Thomas backed up by red hot Anders Rowe and talented teenagers Jordan Jenkins and the explosive Dan Gilkes making his Island debut.

The sweeping Smallbrook circuit will hold no fears for the Plymouth quartet who have two team victories on the Island already this season.

Pair’s champion Richard Andrews returns after retaining his title with Scott Campos last week whilst tall scoring Ben Wilson will be a real handful as will his back up riders Adam Extance and Luke Chessell.

That leaves the Warriors who have concerns over the availability of both Georgie Wood and Scott Campos. Whilst Ben Morley and Danno Verge are confirmed starters, Wood is likely to have to sit this meeting out.

The sports regulations require Wood who has been unwell, to serve a seven day suspension for missing an official fixture (i.e. the Belle Vue away meeting last Monday) because of a non-speedway related absence, whilst Campos is currently suffering the after effects of a heavy fall in heat 10 at Belle Vue and may need a few more days to fully recover. Suitable replacement riders are currently being arranged.

Warriors co-promoter Barry Bishop said:

“Another week and another innovative meeting for the fans to enjoy. It’s the Fours this week and my thanks to Len Silver from Kent for putting the idea of a southern based tournament together.

“It’s a shame we have lost Mildenhall but the Breem Stars won’t let anyone down and whilst we are disappointed to go into the meeting without Georgie and Scott, we are lining up replacements who will give their all for the Warrior cause. It promises to be another full on evening for the first week of the school summer holidays and I for one can’t wait.”

This week it is free admission for anyone aged 34 as part of the weekly age incentive being run by the club.

Proof of age is required at the turnstile to benefit from this promotion.

Otherwise, the usual pricing and admission arrangements apply with gates opening at 5.30 pm ahead of the first race at 7.00 pm.

Team line-ups

Warriors: Replacement for Georgie Wood, Ben Morley, Danno Verge, Replacement for Scott Campos.

Gladiators: Ben Wilson, Adam Extance, Richard Andrews, Luke Chessell.

Kings: Anders Rowe, Jordan Jenkins, Jack Thomas, Dan Gilkes.

Stars: Luke Bowen, Nathan Ablitt, Paul Hurry, Ryan Terry-Daley.