Tigers wait for green light to track Heeps

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AUSTRALIAN teenager Cameron Heeps will be in action on the track at West Row on Sunday, and the Mildenhall Fen Tigers co-promoters are hoping he will get the nod from the speedway authorities for him to take part in the meeting.

The Fen Tigers take on Hackney Hawks in the National League Knockout Cup on Sunday (4.30pm), and if Heeps’ paperwork is cleared by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) in time, then the 15-year-old whiz kid will be in the line-up for this first leg match.

Heeps arrived in the UK yesterday, and Fen Tigers’ co-promoter Michael Lee said the club had spent a hectic Wednesday getting all the relevant paperwork to the authorities.

“We have speeded everything through in the hope that he gets clearance in time,” said Lee.

“But he will ride at West Row on Sunday, even if it is not in the meeting. We are pretty excited about his arrival, and we are optimistic that we will get the nod. But that is up to the authorities.”

If clearance does not arrive in time, Lee expects Heeps to to make his debut in the second leg of the Knockout Cup match at Rye House the following Saturday.

Lee is looking for a winning performance from the Tigers on Sunday, following on from their 61-33 demolition of the Isle of Wight Islanders last weekend. “But Hackney are a much better team, so I don’t expect us to have such an easy ride,” he said.

While the Fen Tigers have been in winning form at home, their away record so far this season is not good, so Lee is hoping they can get a 15-point advantage from the first leg.

“Last Sunday saw a big improvement and we need to carry that into our away performances,” he added. “It would be good for the riders and the club to get through to the next round, and perhaps to the final of the National League’s prestige trophy.”

Lee was full of praise for his riders last weekend. “Joe Jacobs got his first paid maximum of the year. He aimed to be number one at the start of the season, and wasn’t happy to be reserve. But he has worked hard and trained hard, and has got his motivation back.

“Lewis Blackbird stepped up. In his first year of racing he has been superb. And James Brundle played the captain’s role perfectly,” said Lee.

“The boys knew we were not too happy, but hopefully the tide has now turned as they have gradually got more accustomed to the track.”

Sunday’s meeting will see the return of former Fen Tigers’ skipper Barrie Evans to West Row for what Lee expects to be a hotly-contested derby fixture. And he knows it will be tough for the Tigers, with or without Heeps in the line-up.