The waiting is over

It’s been a long time coming but Elite League Speedway action returns to the Arena Essex Raceway this Friday, 28th March, as the Vortex Lakeside Hammers take on the Swindon Robins.

The Vortex Hammers co Promoter Jon Cook is relishing the challenge ahead after a successful Press and Practice Day along with an encouraging away challenge match at Poole on Wednesday evening.

Jon Cook commented: “There’s a real buzz around the team and we can’t wait to get cracking. The mixture of youth and experience has given the year a real air of excitement and I think we can look forward to plenty of entertainment packed Friday nights, plus a few Saturdays, at the Raceway”

The two teams for Friday are (in alphabetical order):-

Vortex Lakeside Hammers: Mikkel Bech, Lewis Bridger, Adam Ellis, Peter Karlsson, Richard Lawson, Ben Morley and Davey Watt (Captain). Team Manager: Neil Vatcher.

Swindon Robins: Troy Batchelor (Captain), Simon Gustafsson, Peter Kildemand, Nicolai Klindt, Nick Morris, Darryl Ritchings and Matt Williamson. Team Manager: Alun Rossiter.

The action will get underway on Friday at the Arena Essex Raceway with the parade of riders scheduled for 7.45pm with the first of the fifteen heats of racing commencing at 8pm.

Admission prices are: Adults £17, Senior Citizens, Students and Disabled £14, Unemployed and 17 and 18 year olds £12, children aged six to sixteen inclusive just £1 and children under the age of six will be admitted free of charge provided they are accompanied by a paying adult. Proof of age or status may be requested. There are large parking areas at the Raceway that are free of charge.

All tickets may be purchased on the night but, alternatively, they are also available in advance online via the Club’s website at

The Arena Essex Raceway (postcode RM19 1AE) is situated just east of the M25 junctions 30/31 on the A1306 close to the Thurrock Motorway Services and Lakeside Shopping Centre and is clearly signposted from the main roundabout under the M25.

Image: Adam Ellis of Lakeside Hammers – Lakeside Hammers Press & Practice Day at the Arena Essex Raceway, Pufleet – 25/03/14 – MANDATORY CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO