WEEKEND PREVIEW: Ross Mee Junior Invitational plus regional racing
This Saturday will see a bumper day of junior racing at Leicester as the Ross Mee Junior Invitation meeting has been brought forward from its usual Autumn slot and is being run together with Fraser Garnett’s 10 Year Testimonial. Altogether 80 riders will be involved in the day.
The format has again been varied and this year the day will start at 11.30 with a four team event using the Playoffs formula. Teams from Kesgrave, Poole, the Midlands and the North/Norwich (going under the banner of the Northern Stars) will each be made up of four U9s and 4 U11s who will race against the same age range but as part of a bigger team.
This will be followed by individual meetings for U14 boys and Junior girls at approx. 1 pm.
In what is probably a first for Cycle Speedway at 3 pm we will see a Testimonial meeting for a 18 year old rider, as Fraser marks 10 years of racing in the sport by holding this meeting. Together with Dad Neil he has put together a field of his contemporaries for what should be a fiercely competitive event in honour of one of the sport’s most popular young riders.
(Thanks to Ross Mee for this preview)
The Eurovets series gets underway at Birmingham on Saturday. This season sees the introduction of revised age groupings, although it only applies to younger riders.
Starting with Round One at Birmingham there will now have an extra 35 to 40 age category with its own semis and final. And as is the case currently in the other classes, any 40-plus rider can also qualify for the 35-40 finals
Sunday sees the Northern 4’s take place at Heckmondwike where the host club welcome Hull, Sheffield, Stockport, Astley & Tyldesley & Bury. The Scottish 4’s also takes place on Sunday at Edinburgh’s Redbraes Park where Fife, Glasgow & Northumbria will all be racing against 2 teams from the host club.
The South-East & Eastern League has action at Great Blakenham, Ipswich & Hellingly. Great Blakenham host Hethersett in Divisions 1 and 2 whilst Ipswich open their home Division 1 campaign with a visit from Norwich. These 2 teams will also meet in Division 2, where they are both currently unbeaten after 3 matches each, and also in the Youth League which will be Ipswich’s first such match of the season. The other match in this region sees Hellingly host Kesgrave.
There is just 1 match in the Midland League and it sees Birmingham welcome East Park to the Perry Hall Playing Fields circuit in all 3 divisions.
There are also 2 matches in the Crossover league with Coventry making the trip to Poole whilst Wednesfield welcome Horspath to Ashmore Park.
Enjoy your racing wherever you may be this weekend and don’t forget to send in your results to firstname.lastname@example.org