AFTER last week’s false start to their home season, the Lakeside Hammers aim to get their first home Sky Sports Elite League points on the board when they entertain the Coventry Bees at the Arena-Essex Raceway this Friday. Robbed of action after just two heats on Good Friday the Hammers then travelled to Eastbourne and secured two League points with a 45-45 draw, which is the Club’s best result in Sussex since 2007 and buoyed by that the team will be looking to start their home campaign in style.
The Hammers Co-promoter Jon Cook stated: “We are still blowing away a few cobwebs thanks to the wretched start to the season caused by the weather but there were enough signs down at Arlington to suggest we are starting to find our feet”. The Bees visit the Essex based Club having lost both their opening League fixtures but with a host of riders who have shown a liking for the Hammers tight circuit.
Cook continued: “I look forward to welcoming Alun Rossiter (the Bees new Team Manager) and his charges to the track this Friday. He has already bought a modernising air to his new club and I am sure he will be gunning for his first League points at our expense”.
Fans are reminded that the refund tickets from Good Friday’s abandoned meeting may be used although the offer of children admission for £1 will not apply. Those holding Child refund tickets will need to pay the additional £2.
The Bees will include their Grand Prix rider Chris Harris in their side along with fellow British international Edward Kennett plus Australian international Rory Schlein. Former Hammers rider Christian Hefenbrock will miss the meeting due to injuries sustained in a crash at Peterborough last week. They are expected to utilise the ’Rider Replacement’ facility to cover his rides. Their side is completed with young British riders Ben Barker and Josh Auty together with Czech Republic rider Filip Sitera.
The Hammers are expected to be at full strength and the same septet are due to compete at Swindon on Thursday in another important League fixture.
The two expected line-ups for Friday are as follows:-
Lakeside Hammers: Krzysztof Kasprzak (Poland), Stuart Robson (Great Britain), Kauko Nieminen (Finland), Jonas Davidsson (Sweden), Adam Shields (Australia), Paul Hurry (Great Britain), Daniel Davidsson (Sweden).
Coventry Bees: Chris Harris (Great Britain), Rider Replacement for Christian Hefenbrock (Germany), Edward Kennet (Great Britain), Ben Barker (Great Britain), Rory Schlein (Australia), Josh Auty (Great Britain), Filip Sitera (Czech Republic).