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Sunday 26 June


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For Mildenhall – proudly sponsored by Manchetts Rescue and Recovery – this match-up with their predecessors as league champs (the East Midlanders taking the title in 2019) sees the changes enforced by Sunday’s unfortunate events taking effect: with Jason Edwards moving up into the number one race jacket, assuming the role of captain and new temporary signing James Shanes making his Fen Tigers’ debut. Those changes are all in fact a result of the injury absence of Ryan Kinsley, who still awaits confirmation on what course of treatment is required for what seems to be a badly dislocated collar bone – though a fracture still is a possible diagnosis.

The other injury victim from that fateful heat one on Sunday, the in-form Sam Bebee also is out of the trip to Beaumont Park and the Rider Replacement (R/R) facility will be used for Sam’s number two racing position.

That will put pressure again on the two reserves Luke Muff and Josh Warren but that would seem after Sunday to be a situation they thrive in. Josh will have happy memories of the Leicester track as it was there last year that he won his first heat in senior Speedway – more of the same from him and from Luke, who was on a remarkable paid 10 before the rain washed away that double figures score from the record books on Sunday will be just what the currently over-stretched doctor ordered!

The hosts also suffered injury woes of their own last weekend. Losing to injury their hugely promising, twice World Youth Champion Max Perry after a crash in their defeat at Kent’s Iwade track. The Lion Cubs’ management have moved swiftly, redeclaring their side with Devonian, Kai Ward returning to the club he represented last season, slotting into the vacant reserve berth.

Leicester are spearheaded by two survivors of their title winning septet of three seasons ago, the Thompson twins, both GB Youth champs of old, Dan & Joe Thompson. The third heat leader is a face well known to all at Mildenhall, former Fen Tiger Connor Coles. Coles of course is a name with huge significance to the Mildenhall club; Connor’s grandfather Bob being the club’s original number one riding in the Fen Tigers’ first ever league meetings (in what was then dubbed the New National League) at home to Scunthorpe and away at Crayford this very week 47 years ago in May 1975!

The Lion Cubs are completed by two riders like Ward who rode in the GB U21 semi final staged at Mildenhall earlier this season, Vinnie Foord and back for a second year in the red and- yellow race jacket, Mickie Simpson; and the more experienced Tom Spencer - the rider from Derby also in his second successive season with the East Midlanders.

 The action gets underway at 7pm and the venue is Leicester Speedway, Beaumont Park Sports Complex & Pavilion, 1,The Lions, Leicester, Leics LE4 1DS
[NB. This postcode. LE4 1DS takes you to the spectator car park side of the stadium as opposed to the official track address (LE4 1DZ] which will lead you to the pits on the other side of the stadium]