PREVIEW: Battle of Britain Round 1

Sent in by Mike Hack

Astley & Tyldesley are hosting the opening round of the Men’s Battle of Britain and Elite Grand Prix Round 1 cycle speedway series at Gin Pit this Sunday (April 24th). The Battle of Britain match starts at 12 noon and will see four teams in action: North & Scotland; Midlands; South East & Eastern; South & South Wales. This will be followed at approximately 2.30 pm by the Elite Grand Prix round, which will be contested by Britain’s top riders. The Midlands won last year’s truncated Battle of Britain series, whilst Birmingham’s Chris Timms won the Elite GP series, with Astley & Tyldesley’s Reece Pollitt runner-up and Ipswich’s Ashley Hill third.

The racing promises to be fast and furious, with Britain’s top cycle speedway racers in action. Spectators are welcome – admission, seating and car parking are free, with refreshments on sale. The racing takes place at the cycle speedway track at the Astley & Tyldesley Miners’ Welfare Club, Meanley Road, Gin Pit, Tyldesley, M29 7DW.

The corresponding opening rounds of the Women’s Battle of Britain and Elite Grand Prix Round 1 cycle speedway series are at Hull on Saturday. The South West & Wales will be defending the Battle of Britain series they won last year, whilst Astley & Tyldesley’s Emily Burgess won the Elite GP series, ahead of Poole’s Sandra Tamborska and Leicester’s Lizzie Rigley (now Sheffield).

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