Date: Tuesday November 9, 2021
PLYMOUTH have named five members of their septet for the 2022 Championship campaign.
The Gladiators will welcome back former British No.2 Richard Lawson after a successful late-season stint with the club, and the new heat-leader trio is completed by Michael Palm Toft and Edward Kennett who join from Redcar and Eastbourne respectively.
Alfie Bowtell and Henry Atkins are back with the Coliseum side, with Atkins returning after injury wrecked his 2021 season.
Promoter Mark Phillips said: “With Richard, Michael and Edward joining the team to give us top-end strength and to support and mentor the outstanding potential of young Henry Atkins and the very progressive and popular Alfie Bowtell, I feel we have made a great start towards a successful 2022 season.
“Garry May made a huge impact when he arrived at the club as team manager last summer, and having inherited the 2021 team that had to be built very quickly to meet BSPL approval, is now moulding a terrific looking team of his choice using all of his trophy-winning experience and excellent contacts and knowledge of the sport. We can’t wait to get started.”
PAUL Starke is joining Newcastle to become the fourth confirmed signing for 2022 at Brough Park.
Starke made several guest appearances for the Diamonds this year and now makes the move from Kent, whose future is currently uncertain.
Newcastle co-promoter Dave Tinning said: “Paul has turned out for us a good many times over the last few seasons covering our injured riders as a guest, and has always given us his best efforts, as he is that sort of racer, and that’s just the type of rider we need in our squad for the new season.
“His exciting style will only add a stack of excitement to our home meetings and give the fans even more raw entertainment for the admission.”
LEICESTER have recalled 2019 title winner Connor Mountain as their first confirmed signing for next season.
Mountain, a club asset, spent this year on loan to Newcastle but boss Stewart Dickson has wasted no time in bringing him back to the Beaumont Park club.
Said Mountain: “I’m thrilled to be back with the club and can’t wait for the new season to start.
“I was gutted when I wasn’t part of the team plans this season after having such a strong season in 2019 when we won the league, but that’s speedway.
“I have kept in touch with Stewart, and when he approached me to sign again I jumped at the chance.
“It’s a track I really enjoy riding. It’s always well prepared, and the fans are just brilliant and always turn up in numbers on a Saturday night.”
KENT Speedway have issued the following statement:
“As explained in Len Silver’s statement dated 1st. November, it is understood there remains at this point no agreement in place to allow Speedway to continue at Central Park.
“With professional riders eager to make their racing arrangements for next season, any idea of racing at Championship level in 2022 has had to be discarded.
“It was at that point that Len Silver announced his retirement, with the intention of finding a new younger person to take his place as Kent Speedway promoter.
“That search continues, but is unlikely to reach any conclusion until an agreement with the landlords is in place.
“It has been suggested by a representative of the stadium owners Arena Racing Company [ARC] that the local Council do not want Speedway at Central Park. However, as there is Full Planning Permission with no suggestion of any failure to uphold the tight restrictions in place, Len Silver considers this to be unlikely with there having been no complaints received by the club.
“As soon as news becomes clearer, another statement will be issued and the club apologise for the lack of clarity.”