New era is perfect time to revive popular memorial

MILDENHALL Fen Tigers have added an extra meeting to their end of season calendar, with some of the National League’s top stars doing battle for the Bernie Klatt Memorial Trophy at West Row on Sunday.

Among the riders doing battle for the Trophy and £250 first prize will be current National League Mildenhall track record holder Adam Roynon and former Tiger Luke Priest from Buxton.

Six Fen Tigers will be taking part, the only absentee being the holidaying Mark Baseby.

Bernie Klatt was the first promoter at West Row, and current co-promoter Michael Lee said without him there simply would never have been a Mildenhall Speedway.

“Kevin (Jolly) and I have a lot to thank Bernie for, as the track he started was where we learned to ride speedway,” he said. “The meeting hasn’t run for a few years now, so we thought, as part of our new era of Mildenhall Speedway, that it was the perfect time to revive the event in memory of the man who started it all.

“We are delighted that the Klatt family business, BA Electrical, are sponsoring the meeting and have been incredibly generous in putting up £750 in prize money.”

The meeting will be run along traditional lines with 20 heats with each rider having five outings and marks one of the most important landmarks in the club’s history, with its new air fence in use for the first time.

“It’s difficult to put into words how thrilled we are that we now have an air fence at West Row,” Lee added. “When we re-launched the club, it was one of the first things we wanted to do, as everyone knows the safety fence at Mildenhall was one of the most unpopular with many riders.

“The fact that the generosity of people helped raise the money needed to buy an air fence so quickly, and before the end of our first season, just shows what a special group of people there are backing us at Mildenhall.

“We have one or two minor adjustments to make this week, and then people will see it for themselves on Sunday.

“Rider safety is a priority for us and having an air fence at West Row is a proud moment for all of us.”

Gates open at 3pm with the meeting starting at 4.30pm.

Bernie Klatt Memorial Trophy line-up: Adam Roynon, Ashley Morris (Dudley), Robert Branford, Luke Priest (Buxton), Jay Herne (Newport), Ben Morley, Marc Owen (Hackney), Jamie Pickard (Stoke), Paul Starke, Rob Smith (Isle of Wight), Cameron Heeps, Joe Jacobs, Lewis Blackbird, Jack Hargreaves, Daniel Halsey and Aaron Baseby (Mildenhall).

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The Tigers’ Knockout Cup final second leg clash at the Stoke Potters takes place on Saturday, October 22.

Lee said: “It’s going to be a hectic end to the season for us but, whatever happens, the boys have worked so hard and done us proud. We couldn’t have asked for any more than that.”