Ben Fund draws closerThursday, March 6th, 2014 | Fixtures, News
The Ben Fund Bonanza at Leicester opens the British Speedway season on Sunday (2.00 pm) and this year the meeting is also the first outing for the Great Britain team under their new manager Alun Rossiter.
Rosco has taken the opportunity to have a look at some of the less experienced contenders for his side with Richard Lawson and Kyle Howarth included alongside the obvious top names such as Tai Woffinden, Chris Harris and Craig Cook.
They race against the Rest of the World in a match on the old 14-heat format with 8 riders per team. The riders of both sides will then contest a second half of four heats and a final for the Ben Fund Bonanza Trophy.
Organiser Paul Ackroyd again stresses the importance of the event. He said “2013 proved to be a very difficult year, with several riders suffering extremely serious injuries. Due to the support of the previous Bonanza’s and track collections, the Fund was able to react swiftly and efficiently to be able to give the necessary assistance as required.
“A snapshot of the type of help we gave last year was: assistance towards home adaptations, purchase of a wheelchair, assistance for former (veteran) riders suffering serious illness and financial support was given to more than 50 current riders. In total we spent £120,000.”
Several of the former riders now in wheelchairs will be attending the meeting. Garry Stead is of course managing the Rest of the World team and also expected are Neil Hewitt, Graham Miles who is now WSRA president, Steve Weatherly, Joe Owen and possibly former Belle Vue captain Alan Wilkinson.
GREAT BRITAIN: Tai Woffinden (Captain), Richie Worrall, Chris Harris, Danny King, Craig Cook, Kyle Howarth, Richard Lawson and Ben Barker
REST OF THE WORLD: Bjarne Pedersen (Captain), Josh Grajczonek, Adam Skornicki, Cameron Woodward, Ty Proctor, Patrick Hougaard, Nick Morris and Morten Risager