Big night of action for Warriors and Wizards
The Wightlink Warriors and Wizards will finish their season with a flourish tomorrow at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde.
There will be a bumper 22 race programme that will be supported by the much hyped 57 ChallengeÂ between Warriors co-promoter Barry Bishop and '˜Cheeky Chappie' reserve rider Shaun Tedham.
All available Warriors and Wizards will be in action and they will be joined by a number of the most popular visiting riders.
The main event is the promoters face off as Martin Widman's select squad of Warriors take on Bishop's Warrior outfit in a full scale 13 heat fixture.
As so successfully trialled recently, the Wizards races will be integrated as part of the main meeting and there will a special moment for Island girl Steph Whitlock who, after many months of dedicated practice, will line-up in competitive action for the first time.
The main meeting reserves will also race against the Wizards top scores in a special short series for a trophy on the night, whileÂ the main meeting top scores will come together at the end of the evening for what is hoped will be another cracking final race to round off the season.
With a line-up that is likely to include home favourites Ben Morley, Scott Campos and Alfie Bowtell with top visitors Leon Flint and Danny Ayres, it's one not to be missed.
Island fans will also be keen to see what happens in the much talked about challenge between Bishop and Tedham. It is hard to believe that a passing comment about a size 57 rear sprocket could have developed into such an impassioned contest between two men reluctant to give way on technical knowledge with track time unanimously agreed as the best way of resolving the matter.
Although billed as a conventional speedway race, rumours persist that both men are preparing special tactics.
Tedham's workshop on Merseyside has seen to be fully illuminated into the small hours for nights on end as plans are being laid, whileÂ Bishop's recent crash diet and relentless fitness programme sees him achieve '˜fighting weight' just in time for the challenge. Gates openÂ at 5.30pm for a fun-packed evening, with pre-meeting demonstration races from 6.15pm, rider parade at 6.45pm and the first race will startÂ at 7pm.'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹
- Report by Rob Dyer