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National League Grand Final

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Coventry’s home leg of the National League Grand Final against Cradley on Friday will now take place at Leicester (7.30 pm).

Coventry have been informed that Brandon Stadium is no longer available as the staging venue for this meeting due to preparations for Saturday’s Stock Car event. An alternative venue has therefore been sourced as it was felt this was a far more preferable option than to simply concede the tie.

Coventry Speedway wish to thank Leicester promoter David Hemsley and his staff for their co-operation in allowing the use of the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium for this important meeting, as well as the Cradley management for their agreement to the change.

The City Gearboxes Storm trail the Heathens by just ten points going into the second leg of their National League title-deciding clash.

We acknowledge the circumstances are far from ideal but we hope as many supporters as possible will be able to make the trip to Leicester to back the Storm on Friday.

Admission: Adults £12, Children Free. Programme: £2.

News item taken from www.coventrybees.co


Team News Update

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 | News, Team

Promoter David Hemsley and his Team Manager Norrie Allan attended the final round of the Grand Prix series in Poland on Saturday and whilst there they planned to open talks with Jason Doyle and another unnamed rider who was racing in the meeting that night. Doyle, who has qualified for next season’s competition after finishing second after a run-off with Matej Zagar in Italy last month was also in the country as he had been selected for the Rest of the World team to face Poland on Sunday at Rybnik.

A preliminary discussion took place between Jason Doyle and Norrie Allan on practice day at the Grand Prix at the Torun track in Poland but unfortunately the Rapid Solicitors Lions number 1 was unable to make the appointment on Saturday to talk to Hemsley.

“It was a little disappointing that the meeting did not happen but it was not a total waste of time as it gave me an opportunity to have a discussion with another rider who we are interested in offering terms to and Norrie was able to sound out other options we have in mind about the possibility of riding for Leicester next season. We acknowledge that we can only go so far with team building plans because until the points limit has been decided at next month’s Annual General Meeting we are unsure of what numbers we have to play with in terms of riders’ averages. What is for certain is that we are committed to building a team that has the potential to play a part in the chase for honours next season. To do that our home form has to be more robust than it was and whilst we picked up the odd consolation bonus point away from home those near misses will need to be converted into wins if we are to achieve our goal of improving upon the results of the season just ended” commented David Hemsley.


David Hemsley looks to 2015

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 | News, Team

The season may have just ended for the Rapid Solicitors Lions but Promoter David Hemsley is already thinking about the team that he would like to see represent the club next year. The Lions ended their first season in the Elite League a disappointing last and that is a position that Hemsley does not want to see replicated in 2015. “Attendance wise it was a success and for that reason alone it endorsed the decision to move into the top division. The level of racing and quality of competitor was that much better than we had seen before as most weeks a Grand Prix rider featured in the visiting team at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. Looking back we had our moments and at one stage went six matches unbeaten at home before injuries took their toll. The one big positive to take from the season was the arrival of Jason Doyle on the world stage and he has deservedly earned his place in next season’s Grand Prix series which of course presents us with a challenge if he decides to return for a second season at Leicester as each of the rounds of the competition are staged on Saturday’s, our normal race night, but that will not get in the way of talking to Jason this weekend” explained Hemsley.

Hemsley, accompanied by his Team Manager Norrie Allan is due to travel out to Poland today to open talks with Jason Doyle who is attending the last round of the Speedway Grand Prix at the Torun track. “Jason is my top priority to secure his signature for 2015. He became an instant hit with Lions fans and I know that they will be delighted if talks come to fruition at the weekend. I don’t see that a clash of commitments between Leicester and the staging of the Grand Prix meetings will be a problem as I am formulating plans for a workaround as and when Jason will be missing but I cannot divulge what they are until I have cleared it with our governing body. Whilst we are in Poland I will be taking the opportunity to talk to a current Grand Prix rider about the possibility of joining Leicester. At this moment in time it would be unfair to name him but should we be successful the rider in question will add a new dimension to the team and create a powerful spearhead with Jason. It was an area we lacked at the top end of the team last season and I believe it is essential that we rectify the situation going forward” added Hemsley.


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