Speedway: Lightning strikes for the Hammers

AGAINST a back drop of lightning strikes around the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday evening the Vortex Hammer dug deep to snatch a 47-43 point victory with a dramatic comeback over an Eastbourne team who were six points in the lead after ten heats.

Speedway: World champ to appear at Lakeside

BRITAIN’S World Speedway Champion, Tai Woffinden, leads the Wolverhampton Wolves into action at the Arena Essex Raceway this Friday night, 4th July, as the home side, the Vortex Lakeside Hammers, look for another win to strengthen their position in search of a Play Off place.

Speedway: Cook hails the comeback kings

VORTEX Hammers Co-Promoter Jon Cook hailed his sides performance as they fought back from an eight point deficit after heat six, to take a 47-43 victory over the King’s Lynn Stars. Speaking after watching the Hammers end the 14 match unbeaten run of the league leaders, Cook commented:

Arena Essex: Claire leads the Chicks home

AMONGST the entry, the all lady team “Chick’s Chicks” performed very well during the day, with Claire Jones being their leading performer, winning a heat and duelling with Banger World Champion, Jason “Boxer Jack” Jackson in another, before clipping a kerb and rolling over. Undeterred she still battled on to the finish. Debbie Woodroffe, Remi Gay and Stacey Ruskin similarly all gave as good as they got during the afternoon, resulting in an eventual fifth place finish.

Arena Essex: Gladiators do battle in arena

ROBERTS battled on and was trying to rejoin the action when Phil Smith attacked him in the passenger side and the car unfortunately folded in an unusual way due to the damage inflicted in the earlier rollover. Roberts was carefully removed and whisked to hospital with the news surfacing later in the meeting that he suffered no broken bones in the incident. With T-Bone hits against the armco specifically outlawed, Smith was disqualified and faces a ban, as does Dave Johnson for an alleged “off the ball” incident in the aftermath.

Arena Essex: Thrills, spills as Darby wins derby

A FULL day of contact motorsport provided thrills aplenty at Arena Essex on Sunday with Eddie Darby winning the days main event, the Saloon Stock Car Essex Championship.

Speedway: The Hammers must find consistency

THE Vortex Hammers Promoter, Jon Cook, says the team must find consistency or risk slipping down the Elite League table with two huge home matches to come next week with King’s Lynn in town on Monday, 19th May, and then the following Saturday, 24th May, when Poole, including Darcy Ward, visit.

Speedway: Hammers move to top of the table

CO-Promoter Jon Cook commented: “It got a bit squeaky at the end for the third League point thanks to Coventry’s use of the Tactical rule but credit to our boys for sitting on the shared heats in the final three races needed and well done to Ben (Morley) for coming into heat 14 and taking the important scalp of the impressive Jason Garrity.”

Bank Holiday Bangers at Arena Essex

Heat two saw a mid race rollover for Joey Palmer. Palmer landed back on his wheels but couldn’t restart his car, so he remained as an obstacle on the pit bend. Cornish failed to navigate Palmer’s car, spinning into the wreck and losing any chance of a second win, instead his thoughts turned to mischief and he delayed the leader, Karl Douglas, just enough to allow Jason “Boxer Jack” Jackson to strike on the last corner and push him out of the way for the win.

Speedway: Hammers focussing on silencing Coventry

THE Vortex Hammers eagerly awaited Saturday night clash with Coventry will now start with the first race at 7.45pm preceded by the Parade of riders. The change has come after talks with the Highways Agency via the Raceway landlords.

Arena Essex: Tom is the king of the castle

TEENAGER, Tom Castle won a dramatic Junior Banger final at Arena Essex Raceway on Bank Holiday Monday. The race had many twists and turns, the first of which was a stoppage to deal with the car of Regan Baughan which was in flames on the exit of the QE2 bend.

Speedway: Hammers roar back to the top of the table

THE Vortex Lakeside Hammers stormed back to the top of the Elite League with a convincing 56 – 38 victory over the Swindon Robins at the Arena Essex Raceway, on a night which saw Hammers reserve Ben Morley becoming the first Fast Track reserve of the new era to score a paid maximum.

Arena Essex: Rookie Bangers reign in the rain

A FAIR proportion of the 70 or so entry were genuine Rookies to the sport, which made the first couple of heats destructive affairs, as several found the track a lot greasier than expected. Dan Skinner was an early victim in heat one getting his car wrecked by Sam Watson on the QE2 bend, as the pile of fenced cars gradually grew by the lap. Karl Jarvis, one of the newcomers, took the win in style. By way of contrast, veteran racer, Sonny Sherwood, won the second heat, which had to have a restart after Jay Brown lost a wheel from his Ford Ka. Danny Clarke’s first race, having been gifted the drive as a raffle prize, ended in heavy contact with TJ Powers and the fence, although he was able to effect repairs in time for the Destruction Derby. Dave Bryant showed admirable resilience. After being spun into the fence on a couple of occasions and then crashed hard by Sam Topley, he still continued in his twisted machine.

Speedway: Hammers aim to keep riding high

THE Vortex Lakeside Hammers are back in track action at the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday night as they aim to keep their excellent start to the season on track. Visitors Swindon have the best record of any side in Essex in recent years and have already taken a League point home from their March visit and present a tough night’s challenge.

Speedway: Mixed results for Hammers in Eastbourne

THE VORTEX Lakeside Hammers maintained their title challenge, taking four points from two Good Friday meetings against the Eastbourne Eagles. The Hammers controlled the first meeting at the Raceway winning 55-41, with Peter Karlsson top scoring with 13 and the impressive Mikkel Bech, delivering a paid maximum.

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 […]

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