Leicester have moved one step closer to completing their team with the signing of Sebastian Ulamek. The forty year old joins fellow countrymen Grzegorz Walasek and Szymon Wozniak in the side which leaves just one place to fill before the season gets underway next month with an Inter-league Challenge match against Sheffield.
Promoter David Hemsley said: “We are delighted to have secured such a quality rider as Seb who will bring a wealth of experience and a new dimension to the side as the team is shaping up to have a more even spread of scoring throughout this year where everyone is capable of winning races.”
Ulamek first rode for King’s Lynn and has been a regular competitor in the Elite League with Lakeside being the last British club that he raced for during 2013.
Leicester’s season is set to open on Saturday 19th March when the Lions will be in action in an Inter-League challenge match against the Sheffield Tigers at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium with the racing getting underway at 1.00 pm.
The Yorkshire club were the first visitors to Leicester when the stadium opened in 2011 and this season’s team includes four former Lions riders; Simon Stead, Jason Garrity, Richard Hall and Josh Bates.
“Sheffield reached the quarter-finals of the Premier League play-offs last year and they have put together another competitive team that should feature strongly in the race for the title. Four of their riders also race in the Elite League so we can expect a rigorous work-out before we enter our official fixtures” stated the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
Fans will have the opportunity to see the team on track for the first time as the Press and Preview day will take place the day before in a practice session starting at 12.00 noon.
Leicester will also be a venue for a round of the British Youth Championship, their fifth hosting of the event since its inception, which will take place on Sunday 24th July with a start-time of 3.00 pm. “The development of British riders is critical to the future of our sport and we are pleased to play a role in the whole scheme of the project by staging a meeting. There is always a large turnout of competitors of all ages and the skill level of the riders is exceptionally high” added Hemsley.
Alterations to Leicester’s track which began over a week ago are going to plan and on target despite the wet weather. The work is being carried out by the club’s track curator Glyn Taylor who has previous experience of building speedway circuits having constructed the Redcar Bears Stadium near Middlesbrough.
The project has been financed by the Lions Co-Promoter David Darcy through his company CD Transport who have worked in partnership with JB Tool Hire and Regional Recruitment Services who have supplied equipment and labour resources.
“I spent a great deal of time last year talking to our fans and the main topic that came out of the conversations was that they would like to see changes to the track. At the end of the season I decided to see what could be done and after a meeting with David Hemsley we agreed to make alterations to the track this winter.
“The costings of the project were then drawn up with Glyn Taylor and work commenced last week. Despite the wet weather we have been having of late the work is going to plan and the alterations should provide better racing and bring additional revenue to the club through increased attendances and hopefully fans will approve of the changes” explained the Lions Co-Promoter David Darcy.
The foundations and a top dressing of shale have now been laid and all that remains is to re-lay the inner kerbs.
Photograph showing JCB equipment on track kindly supplied by JB Tool Hire. Photo taken by Mark Hall Photography
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