SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

Good news - racing at Brandon next year looks much more hopeful

Coventry Speedway are pleased to confirm positive talks have been held with regards to the future of motorsport at Brandon. After last week’s disappointments this is good news for Bees faithful and Speedway at Brandon next year looks much more hopeful.

Bees’ owner Mick Horton met with Coventry Racing Club chief Avtar Sandhu this week to reach agreement on the way forward for Speedway and Stock Car Racing at the stadium next year.

Horton said: “It is good news for everyone Sandhu and I have spoken in detail over arrangements for 2017 and have come to an agreement.

“We both agree that we have to work together for both Speedway and Stock Car fans and our goal for the next three years is to work towards a new home. With the support of Rugby Borough Council, that’s our objective.

“I want to hold some sort of forum in the near future to outline my plans but the good news is that both ourselves and Coventry Racing Club are happy to work together and arrangements have been made that suit both parties.

“We can now look at this as a joint venture, a partnership that will enable us all to go forward, and there’s a real desire to make it work. It’s no good for speedway or Stox if we fall out. If that happens there is no future.

“The lease will remain with Coventry Speedway, we have a working arrangement with Coventry Racing Club, and I’d like to add my personal thanks to them.

“It was obvious from talking to Sandhu that he still has a deep affection for the Bees, and he’s desperate to see Coventry get back to the top.”

The good news from this is that Coventry will be staging the Elite League Riders Championship on Saturday (8th). This meeting consists of the top two riders from each of the eight Elite League teams. Coventry will be represented by Chris Harris and Danny King. Other notable riders in a top-class field include GP stars Fredrik Lindgren (Wolves), Niels Kristian Iversen (King’s Lynn) and Chris Holder (Poole).

Preceding this will be the second leg of the Midland development League Grand Final against Buxton. Coventry Vikings lead by eight points from the first leg.

The gates open at 5.30pm and admission prices are: Adults £20, Concessions £15 with accompanied children free.

It is hoped that the two outstanding Storm matches will be raced before the end of the month, probably as a double-header.