It’s Elite League action again at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday and another intriguing contest is in prospect as the Lions and the Lakeside Hammers battle it out for the match points. The visitors will be at the end of a hectic schedule as the fixture at Leicester will be their fifth meeting in six days!
With both Andreas Jonsson and Kim Nilsson racing back home in the Swedish Final, the Hammers bring in the Coventry top gun, Hans Andersen who guested for them the last time they were at Leicester in April scoring 15 points. Nilsson’s absence will be covered by rider replacement and they have plenty of talent to call upon to cover for him as each team member is eligible for a ride. At reserve is Richard Hall, the first captain in the new era of the Lions who replaces the injured Ashley Birks.
Meanwhile, Leicester are covering for their three injured riders with Thomas Jorgensen replacing Sam Masters and they bring in two of last season’s Lion Cubs, James Sarjeant and Dan Greenwood at reserve who replace Josh Auty and Simon Lambert.
Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Thomas Jorgensen, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. James Sarjeant and 7. Dan Greenwood
Lakeside: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Mikkel Bech, 3. Edward Kennett, 4. Richard Lawson, 5. Rider Replacement for Kim Nilsson, 6. Richard Hall and 7. Adam Ellis
Leicester have officially appointed a second Co-promoter this week with Neil Machin joining the club from Sheffield. The vastly experienced Machin, who will co-promote alongside David Darcy, has been working behind the scenes with owner David Hemsley for some weeks now and his appointment was approved by British Speedway’s governing body at their offices in Rugby on Tuesday.
Machin promoted speedway at Sheffield from 1992 until handing over the reins last season. He inherited a club that was on its knees and gradually built it up to become one of the most respected in the Premier League. He shaped and steered the Tigers into one of the best teams in the middle tier of British Speedway and during his reign Sheffield won a plethora of titles; League Champions twice and Knock-out Cup winners together with success in the Premier Trophy, Four Team Tournament competition, Young Shield and Pairs event were the high points of his tenure.
When speedway returned to Leicester in 2011, Neil Machin became mentor to David Hemsley during the Lions first season and he has been tasked with a specific role within the club. “Neil will be working on the marketing and commercial side of our business to improve the sponsorship budget and increase the profile of the sport across the East Midlands” said the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
The Lions Elite League fixture at King’s Lynn last night was washed out due to rain after just nine heats and at the time of abandonment the Stars were leading by 35 points to 22.
The meeting was initially delayed to allow further track work to be undertaken following earlier rain and when the racing did get underway it was the home team that forged ahead by six points. The Lions first success came in Heat 3 courtesy of their Polish pairing. Grzegorz Walasek, returning to the team after injury won the race ahead of Kenneth Bjerre and Piotr Swiderski passed Vaclav Milik for third place.
King’s Lynn then gained back-to-back wins to go ten points ahead and the margin gave Team Manager Norrie Allan an opportunity to go for double points. Jason Doyle was handed the task and the Lions captain responded with six points but Swiderski was unable to fend off the challenges of Bjerre and Robert Lambert which resulted in a 6-3 for Leicester.
By the eighth heat the weather had changed and with rain returning it led to an abandonment of the meeting after completion of the following race.
King’s Lynn 35 points: Niels-Kristian Iversen 6, Nicklas Porsing 7, Kenneth Bjerre 4, Robert Lambert 5+1, Vaclav Milik 2+1, Lewis Kerr 5+1 and Ashley Morris 6+1
Leicester 22 points: Jason Doyle 8, Kevin Doolan 2, Grzegorz Walasek 4,Szymon Wozniak 4, Piotr Swiderski 1, Carl Wilkinson 1 and Ollie Greenwood 2+1
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