The Lakeside Hammers in proud association with The Royal Navy are all set for this evening’s home leg of the Play Off Semi Final against local rivals, the Eastbourne Eagles.
All of the Hammers riders came through their various weekend racing commitments and with the weather holding over the weekend for the Banger World Final, which was staged yesterday at the Arena-Essex Raceway, all preparations are all in place for tonight’s big meeting.
All of the team, apart from Robert Mear, have been in action over the past two days. The Hammers captain, Lee Richardson, rode at Eastbourne on Saturday. Jonas Davidsson, Peter Ljung and Kim Nilsson were involved in the Swedish Finals, which saw Nilsson finish in third place in the U-21 Final before joining his two fellow Hammers in the senior National Championships. Davidsson reached the Final but had to be content with fourth place in a meeting that saw former Hammers and Grand Prix star, Andreas Jonsson, take the title. Stuart Robson rode in two meetings yesterday for his Premier League side Newcastle in their home and away Cup matches against the Premier League leaders Glasgow. Robert Mear, although not involved in competitive racing over the weekend, has had practice sessions arranged by the Club to ensure that all the team are ready for tonight’s action.
With a dry weather forecast for today and a huge local derby to look forward to advance ticket sales for this evening’s meeting are already at a record level.
The full rider line ups for the meeting are:-
Lakeside Hammers – 1. Lee Richardson (Great Britain), 2. Peter Ljung (Sweden), 3. Stuart Robson (Great Britain), 4. Jonas Davidsson (Sweden), 5. Rider Replacement for Piotr Swiderski (Poland), 6. Robert Mear (Great Britain), 7. Kim Nilsson (Sweden).
Eastbourne Eagles – 1. Bjarne Pedersen (Denmark), 2. Simon Gustafsson (Sweden), 3. Lewis Bridger (Great Britain), 4. Rider Replacement for Lukas Dryml (Czech Republic), 5. Joonas Kylmakorpi (Finland), 6. Cameron Woodward (Australia), 7. Timo Lahti (Finland).
Tonight’s action gets underway at 7.30pm with fans not only able to see the Hammers match against Eastbourne on the Raceway but also they will be able to watch the action for the other Play Off Semi Final between King’s Lynn and Poole on a large screen that the Club have specially hired for the evening.
Normal admission prices will apply for this vital meeting. These are: – Adults – £16, Senior Citizens, Students and Disabled – £12, Unemployed and Children aged 17 and 18 – £10 and Children aged 6 to 16 inclusive – £3. Children under the age of 6 are free provided they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets for tonight’s match may be purchased from the paybooths on arrival at the Raceway or are still available in advance via the Hammers website at www.lakesidehammers.co