The Lakeside Hammers Management are delighted to welcome the FIM Under 21 World Cup Qualifier to the Arena Essex Raceway on Sunday 27th May, subject to a final FIM inspection on 4th May. The meeting switches venue to Essex from Scunthorpe and completes the May Fixture List meaning that after a month of inactivity the Club will be staging meetings on a weekly basis into June.
The Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook explained: “We are all excited about staging our first full FIM event at the venue and to get behind the British Under 21’s as they try to qualify from a tough and attractive round with Australia and Denmark as well as a further qualifier. Our own Richie Worrall and Neil Vatcher will, of course, be part of that team on and off track respectively and the added opportunity to stage a meeting on a Sunday afternoon was one we were pleased to take when the BSPA needed another venue at short notice.”
The Hammers boss Stuart Douglas added: “This event is something I know our fans will look forward to. We as a Club are working hard on establishing a youth set up and it’s a great pleasure to be able to take this meeting on. Particular thanks are due to our Landlords for making the venue available at short notice on a day normally used for four wheeled action”
The Hammers Team Manager and joint Great Britain Under 21 Manager Neil Vatcher was equally delighted to hear the news and commented: “Phil (Morris) and I are really looking forward to the challenge this round brings and we believe the Arena track could work to the GB team’s advantage. I know everyone at the Club will get behind the staging and make it a day to remember”.
The full list of home Speedway fixtures at the Arena Essex Raceway, the home of The Lakeside Hammers, in May are:
- Friday 4th May – Hammers v Poole (Sky Sports Elite League) plus Young Hammers v Mildenhall – Anglian Junior League
- Friday 11th May – Hammers v Peterborough (Sky Sport Elite League) plus Young Hammers v Peterborough – Anglian Junior League
- Friday 18th May – Hammers v Swindon (Sky Sports Elite League) plus Young Hammers v Ipswich – Anglian Junior League
- Sunday 27th May- FIM World Under 21 Qualifier – Great Britain v Australia v Denmark v further qualifier
Picture: Peter Karlsson, Lakeside Hammers vs Eastbourne Eagles – Sky Sports Elite League Speedway at Arena Essex Raceway CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO