The Lakeside Hammers will start their season at home to Swindon this Friday, 25th March – a day later than planned.
The original opening away fixture at Swindon on Thursday has been moved after Club Promoters Stuart Douglas and Jon Cook agreed with their Swindon counterparts to delay the away visit to Wiltshire by one week.
The Hammers will race against the Robins at the Arena-Essex Raceway on Friday with the Club hopeful that with the extra 24 hours that gives, ongoing talks will reach a satisfactory conclusion to allow the Hammers Polish rider Piotr Swiderski, and two of his countrymen in the Swindon line up, to take their place in the teams. If the discussions regarding the Polish situation prove inconclusive by then, both clubs have agreed to bring in replacement riders and run full 7 man teams.
“The situation in Poland is pretty fluid at the moment.” said Jon Cook. “I fully support Swindon’s decision to postpone their meeting at this time, but we feel confident the extra day will be sufficient for the situation to be clearer and we have six riders all here and in need of race action on the new silencers. Our League campaign starts on Friday 1st April against a Wolverhampton team who have already seen a lot a track action, so all on-track competitive racing for us is vital. It’s been a long winter and the fans deserve to see their Speedway. We have a superb weather forecast, the team are champing at the bit to go racing, so it’s full steam ahead for us this Friday.”
The action will get underway on Friday at the Arena-Essex Raceway with the first race scheduled to start at 8pm.
Picture: The 2011 Lakeside Hammers (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)