Lakeside Hammers will select Stuart Robson over Kauko Nieminen for the No.3 slot in their team for the Play Off first leg at the Arena-Essex Raceway on Monday against the Eastbourne Eagles. Both riders share one position at the Club and it’s been a tough decision for Co Promoter Jon Cook and Team Manager Neil Vatcher. The pair have also moved the team line up around with the loss of Tomasz Jedrzejak meaning the return of the Rider Replacement facility, which will now be at No.5.
Jon Cook explained: “Neil (Vatcher) and I have had a bit to think about and we have come up with a plan to get the most out of the Rider Replacement facility on the night. It was a tough choice between Robbo (Stuart Robson) and Kakke (Kauko Nieminen) and in the end it was Robbo’s slightly better ability to come from the back that swung us his way. Kakke took the decision like a true pro and at this moment in time it’s likely he will be in the second leg as his gating skills will be an advantage at Eastbourne.”
The full 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).
Normal admission prices will apply for this 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.
The Hammers Season Ticket holders tickets will not only be valid for this Play Off fixture but also the Knockout Cup home Semi Final against Belle Vue on Friday 30th September plus the home legs of the Finals of both of these competitions should the Club reach them.
Tickets for Monday’s match may be purchased on the night from the paybooths or in advance via the Hammers website.
Picture: Stuart Robson of Lakeside – Lakeside Hammers vs Birmingham Brummies – Elite League Knockout Cup at Arena Essex Raceway – 10/06/11 – MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO