National Spotlight falls on Essex

Lewis-Bridger_Lakeside-Vortex-Hammers_Credit-Anticlockwise-PhotographyLakeside Hammers bosses have issued a rally cry to sports fans throughout the region ahead of their play-off semi-final clash with Belle Vue at the Arena-Essex Raceway tonight (7.30pm).

The Vortex Hammers, who finished bottom last year, pinched fourth spot in their final regular league meeting last Friday and now face an Aces side who have moved into a new stadium and finished top of the league.

It’s a massive achievement by everyone at the club – and with a third visit of the season from Sky Sports to show the action live, the spotlight once again falls on Essex with speedway at the heart of the sporting community throughout the county and hopefully will stay that way for years to come.

Mark Sexton, club Community Liaison Manager, said:

“We’ve had excellent feedback from the powers that be on the importance of Speedway to Thurrock and the wider county. And to have the club back in the national shop window is huge for when the time comes to secure ourselves a permanent home of our own.”

Jon Cook’s side are aiming for a handy lead tonight to take into Monday’s second leg in Manchester with a place in the Grand Final 30 races away. A large screen will also be showing the other Play-Off Semi-Final tonight between The Poole Pirates and Wolverhampton Wolves.



Andreas Jonsson R/R, Lewis Bridger, Edward Kennett, Richard Lawson, Kim Nilsson, Ben Morley, Lewis Kerr.


Matej Zagar, Steve Worrall, Max Fricke, Scott Nicholls, Craig Cook, Richie Worrall, Joe Jacobs.

Admission details (available at the gate)

  • Adults: £18
  • Concessions: £15 * (concessions cover Male OAP’s 65 and over, female OAP’s 65 and over, Disabled, Unemployed and Students over 18)
  • 17 and 18 year olds in full education: £5 *
  • 7 to 16 year olds inclusive:  £2
  • 6 year olds and under:  Free

End of Season Dinner Dance

Hammers fans are reminded that tickets are still on sale for the Clubs end of season Dinner dance, which takes place at The Park Inn, North Stifford on Saturday 19th November.

Tickets can be purchased from the Social Committee who will be positioned on the 1st bend near the Raceway Tavern up to 15 minutes before the first race on Wednesday.

Fans who have already purchased tickets are requested to email their meal choice via the address on the form.

Image: Lewis Bridger Vortex Lakeside Hammers – Credit Anticlockwise Photography