Fans urged to give their backing to future stars

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KEVIN Jolly is urging speedway fans across the region to show their support to the stars of tomorrow by getting behind this weekend’s round of the British Youth Championship at Mildenhall Stadium.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers co-promoter Jolly is hoping to see as many faces as possible come through the turnstiles at West Row stadium on Sunday and give their backing to the championship.

On the day around 35 heats of racing will take place across 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes. The Fen Tigers will have strong links to the action on the track with the National League side reserve pair of Josh Bates and Nathan Stoneman set to battle it out in the 500cc heats, and the club’s junior rider, 10-year-old Lewis Whitmore taking to the tapes for action in the 250cc class.

“We want to make this as bigger event as possible for these lads and put on a professional show for them as they are the future of the sport,” said Jolly.

“These types of meetings are vital for the sport’s future and I hope that fans of the Fen Tigers react and get behind Sunday’s meeting.

“One of the big things we have in place here at Mildenhall is promoting young riders and there is no reason why if this is successful we can’t make it a permanent thing on the calendar here.”

Although not taking to the track, both Fen Tigers number one, and Ipswich Witches star, Cameron Heeps, and current Mildenhall captain Lewis Blackbird will be on hand to chat with fans and sign autographs, while a number of other activities designed for the family have been pencilled in to take place.

Gates for the meeting will open at 1.30pm with action scheduled to take place at 3pm. Entry is £5 per adult with children admitted free.

The Fen Tigers opened up their National League campaign on Sunday by trouncing defending champions Scunthorpe 62-29.

The Tigers made their intentions clear from the off, as firstly, Cameron Heeps and Joe Jacobs, followed by teenage stars Nathan Stoneman and Josh Bates, got them off to the perfect start in the opening two heats the first and second of nine race maximums.

Things went slightly awry in the next race when Stefan Nielsen took a tumble and was excluded.

The rerun then saw visiting skipper Adam Wrathall come to grief, picking up an arm injury that ruled him out of the meeting.

It finally proved to be third-time lucky as the in-form Danny Halsey claimed the race win before going on to score another highly impressive 13+1.

Nielsen dusted himself down and went on to claim 11+1 against his old club.

Gary Irving and surprise package Tom Young did their best to keep on the Tigers’ tail, but the home side simply had too much strength in depth, showing why they are many people’s title favourites.