Speedway: Hammers ready to swoop on Eagles

THE Vortex Lakeside Hammers face rivals, the Eastbourne Eagles, this Good Friday, in traditional afternoon action at the Arena Essex Raceway with the start time at 1pm.

Speedway: Lakeside to file complaint

FOLLOWING last night’s 48-41 point defeat at Leicester Lions, The Vortex Lakeside Hammers will make an official complaint to the SCB (Speedway Control Bureau) against both referee Peter Clarke and the Leicester Speedway medical officer following the exclusion of Adam Ellis from the meeting against the riders and the Club’s wishes.

Speedway: Brummies burnt off by Hammers

The Hammers started in a devastating fashion, notching up maximum 5-1s in the opening three heats and following a further heat advantage by Mikkel Bech and Morley in the 4th, led to the Brummies nominating their first Tactical Ride in heat 5, but Danny King found the pace too hot to handle. The heat domination continued in heat 6, with swoops either side of Edward Kennett by Watt and Bech by the third turn of lap one. Lawson and Ellis then delivered a 4-2 in the 7th, before Bech and Watt again showed great team riding around the second and third bend in the 8th heat to leave the second Tactical nomination for the Brummies, Adam Skornicki, trailing in third.

Arena Essex: Bangers keep it real

THE first round of the “Keeping it Real” Banger series met with rave reviews after a destructive day’s sport at Arena Essex on Sunday. With many of the cars that raced not being much use in regular Banger racing, no drivers intended keeping their cars beyond the day, meaning that each race turned into a wreck-fest.

Speedway: Ellis hailed by Hammers boss

THE Vortex Hammers Promoter Jon Cook hailed youngster Adam Ellis as a match winner as the Lakeside Hammers denied the Swindon Robins a fourth consecutive win in Essex on Friday night. With the Robins staging a mid match revival that ultimately gained them the extra point Hammers Team Manager Neil Vatcher brought Ellis into Heat 12 and the Vortex Hammers asset pulled out all the stops to join the similarly impressive Richard Lawson on a 5-1 beating the experienced Nicolai Klindt in the process.

Speedway: Just a week to go to start of season

WITH the Vortex Lakeside Hammers just seven days away from a return to Elite League Speedway action at the Arena Essex Raceway. Vortex Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook is tipping new boy Mikkel Bech as the key to a successful season.

Speedway: Countdown for Vortex Hammers

WITH less than a fortnight to go until top League Speedway action returns to the Arena Essex Raceway the Vortex Lakeside Hammers are getting set for the new season.
THE Vortex Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook commented: “This is one of the most eagerly awaited seasons ever with an exciting new race format plus the introduction of British youngsters at reserve and our final preparations have already begun in earnest.

Arena Essex set to unveil new season

ARENA Essex opens its doors this Sunday 9th March, for its 37th consecutive season of Banger and Stock Car racing.

The Shakedown is the annual Big Banger bash that draws large entries to the Thurrock venue and kick starts a season that has many pundits proclaiming that it could be the best ever, with a number of meetings drawing much interest from the oval racing world.

Speedway: Lakeside Hammers unveil new look

THE Vortex Hammers have today released details of the race suits that the team will be wearing this season along with confirmation that replica tops will be available shortly for their supporters to buy. The Vortex Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook explained: “We felt that the time was right to freshen up the team look […]

Hammers excited as fixture list released

THE Vortex Lakeside Hammers will go straight into home Elite League action on Friday 28th March with their season opener and the opposition couldn’t be tougher with the Swindon Robins being the visitors, the only team to win at the Raceway in 2013 when they won on two occasions.

Speedway: Hammers excited at packed fixture list

THE Vortex Hammers fans are in for a packed summer of racing in 2014 as the fixture list, which has been published today shows. Opening night at the Arena Essex Raceway is Friday 28th March with details to follow before the serious business of the League campaign starts a week later with the first ever visit of the Leicester Lions.

Speedway: Lawson joins The Vortex Hammers on permanent deal

THE Vortex Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook commented: “Richard is a crucial part of our team for 2014 and this move shows our commitment to working with him to become an established Elite League rider in the years ahead. It makes sense for us both to know that those efforts come with the security for Richard of knowing he has a long term future at this Club and for us that it reaps the benefits of his development. He has a great affection for the Comets and it’s appropriate that they should retain an option because of that.”

Karlsson and Watt re-sign for Hammers

THE Vortex Lakeside Hammers will welcome back heat leader duo Peter Karlsson and Davey Watt for a third year with the Club as they complete their 2014 team building plans and start off track preparations for the March 28th start to a new season. PK and Watty join new signing Mikkel Bech, the returning Lewis Bridger and Richard Lawson alongside ‘Fast Track’ Brits Adam Ellis and Southend lad Ben Morley.

Speedway: Bosses pleased after AGM

THE Vortex Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook and Team Manager Neil Vatcher returned from the Sport’s AGM pleased with the result of the three days of discussions. Jon Cook commented: “We are very pleased. It’s like a return to the days of old with a really British League and it was very cool that Britain’s very own World Champion Tai Woffinden was the first person to give the thumbs up to Elite promoters decision to follow our Swedish and Polish League counterparts by including two British youngsters at six and seven in all 2014 line ups.”

Lakeside Hammers to host AGM

THE Vortex Lakeside Hammers fans will get to have their say on the Club’s future and hear all the news and early details from the Sport’s AGM when the Club holds an open evening at the Park Inn, North Stifford next Friday 22nd November from 7pm. Co-Promoter Jon Cook will be on hand to talk to fans at 8pm with all the details of this years meeting of the Sport’s leaders and how it will affect the Club.

Arena Essex: Firecracker of a finale

FOLLOWING on from the phenomenally successful all Granada meeting of a fortnight ago (coincidentally much of it organised by Whiteman) many racers returned cars, enough in fact to hold an all Granada heat, followed by a Destruction Derby which started the day off in style. Amongst the second hand cars, there was a smattering of new machinery, such as the Hearse of South Ockendon’s Danny Haupt. In fact Haupt was in the early action, getting spun by Whiteman at the end of the back straight and then hit hard by Darrin O’Leary. Matt Fuller won the race before the Destruction Derby kicked off with some stunning hits on the pit bend, Grant Underhill getting demolished by both Jason Jackson and Sonny Sherwood being one of the many highlights of an event eventually won by Fuller.

Arena Essex: Crowds flock to special meeting

THE all Ford Granada meeting was in memory of Maya Ford and Olly Moran, the former a 21 month old little girl who lost her life to a form of Meningitis and the latter a former racer. The weekend raised much needed funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation, a cause close the hearts of Maya’s family, who have been involved in Banger racing for many years. 2012 Track Champion, Paul Whiteman, a cousin of Maya’s mother, Louise, had done much of the behind the scenes work to make the meeting a success and there was a heart-warming round of applause for Paul and the families, followed by a minutes silence for Maya and Olly.

Arena Essex: No turning back for Boxer Jack

JASON “Boxer Jack” Jackson has finally lifted the one title that has eluded him throughout his illustrious career. The 43rd ORC National Banger World Final on Sunday at Arena Essex went his way after a thrilling race at the Thurrock venue, with Jackson surviving a late race attempt at removing him from the lead by Joe Barrett.

Speedway: Night to forget for Lakeside Hammers

THE Vortex Hammers suffered a heavy away defeat in the race for the coverted 4th Play off spot, going down 62-28 at The Poole Pirates in front of the Sky Sports cameras. The Essex based team were effectively out ridden from the start with the home team delivering two 5-1s and a further heat advantage by heat 3. Only a fall by home rider Maciej Janowski n heat four allowed the Hammers to gain a shared heat, although the Pirates delivered a further 5-1 blow in the following heat, with Hammers captain Davey Watt on a tactical at the rear.

Speedway: Karlsson hurt as Hammers go down in Norfolk

THE Vortex Hammers battled to earn a point tonight eventually losing 48-42 to King’s Lynn at The Norfolk Arena, in a meeting which saw Hammers number one Peter Karlsson taken to hospital after a nasty crash in heat 15.

After the Hammers opened up an initial 8 point lead after 6 heats, the home team fought back with three successive 5-1 heat advantages. A series of shared heats and a further 5-1 in heat 13, left the Hammers 8 points adrift before reserve Richard Lawson, top scoring for The Hammers, led from tapes to flag in heat 14 with Lewis Bridger taking third to reduce the deficit to 6 and leave the Hammers in with a shout of a point.

Arena Essex: Lightning Mick strikes on Bank Holiday

A CLASH between Phil Manning and Andy Reeve saw them both travel the home straight hooked together. The two managed to untangle themselves but only got as far as the next bend where Richard Warner had just dumped a load of oil and both skated into the armco. When the pack arrived at the same danger spot Peter Waite and Kiereen Thomas went straight on into the armco, the latter particularly hard, and fourth placed runner Ben Furness spun in the middle of the pack and punctured a rear tyre as he got tagged by the traffic.

Speedway: Hammers keep play-off hopes alive

ON a night of high tension, The Vortex Hammers kept their Play-Off hopes alive with a last heat decider and a 50-43 victory over The Poole Pirates.
The tone for the meeting was set in the very first heat, when after Piotr Swiderski was excluded for a tapes infringement, Hammers number one Peter Karlsson used his years of experience to hold off the fast charging Darcy Ward for all four laps.

Hammers boosted by Seb’s return

THE Vortex Hammers have been boosted by the news that Sebastian Ulamek hopes to be back in action for the team’s visit to Poole on Monday 2nd September, a match that is scheduled to be shown live on Sky Sports. The news comes as a welcome boost after their number one target, Peter Ljung, had to pull out of a return to the Club after being unable to reschedule off track commitments.

Arena Essex: Lee is the general in Essex champs

A lively exchange between Ricky Hutton, Jamie Harding and James Steele enlivened the final whilst the star drivers battled at the head of the field. Predictably none of them actually reached the finish although all were repaired and ready to go for one last crash in the Destruction Derby. This time they were joined by a game Dan Gardiner who dished out a particularly hard crash to Steele after Steele had met Harding in a crunching head on. Gardiner went on to battle Alfie Lee and Wayne Cotterill in the closing stages, Lee seemingly expiring on the home straight whilst Gardiner went on to perform what everyone expected to be the DD winning crash on Cotterill along the back straight.

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