SPEEDWAY: Mildenhall provide test for GB U-21 side
GREAT Britain's top U-21 riders will face new opponents in an international fixture to be held at West Row on Sunday (first race 4pm).
Following the withdrawal of an Australian select, Gt Britain will now compete against Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the Superior Exteriors International Challenge.
The Australians pulled out of the scheduled fixture following injuries to their star riders – Trevor Harding and Matthew Wethers – as well as the problems being caused by a club fixture backlog following the recent poor weather.
"The Australian promoter Neil Street was very apologetic but he didn't want to go into such an important fixture without what he considered to be a competitive septet," said the Fent Tigers" general manager Graham Drury.
The change of opposition means that two West Row-based riders will face their own team-mates.
James Brundle, who made his comeback at the weekend following two months out with a serious injury and Lee Smart will take their place in the GB line-up.
"I have spoken at length with Peter Oakes, the GB U-21 manager, and we both agree that the best opposition will be the Fen Tigers," said Drury.
"This is not an easy option and a strong Tigers' side will give the U-21 side a very competitive outing."
Before the international challenge, the Tigers are in Conference League action, travelling to Weymouth tonight.
Drury is hoping to get Ritchie Hawkins to Dorset in time for the crucial fixture.
The British U-21 champion competed for Berwick in Glasgow last night and Drury is hopeful of organising a flight for Hawkins to the West country.
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Weather for Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 25 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 14 C
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