Meeting Preview - Wight Coast Holidays Challenge
Following the success of last year’s event, the speedway action this THURSDAY (15 August) at the Smallbrook Stadium sees the return of USA style racing where all the riders are graded and the those with the best grading have to chase and pass the lesser graded riders by starting further back from the tapes. This year the meeting will be known as the Wight Coast Holidays US Style Challenge.
In the past these meetings at Smallbrook have produced some amazing races as the lower grade riders battle to keep their opponents at
bay whilst those in the higher grades have to exhibit all the track craft and speed that earned them the higher grading in the first place.
Warrior’s co-promoter Barry Bishop has had no hesitation in running this meeting again. He said, “We love this style of meeting as it gives plenty of scope for close racing, plenty of passing, surprise results and lots of skill as the riders manoeuvre past their rivals. Last year was one of the best race nights of the season culminating in a pulsating Grand Final. I hope the riders can produce more of the same on Thursday especially as we will be welcoming first time sponsors Wight Coast Holidays to the Smallbrook Stadium”.
The format sees twelve riders taking part and they are graded by their current racing average. Riders with an average up to 3.00 start at the tapes, riders with an average between 3.01 and 6.00 start fifteen metres back, riders with an average of 6.01 or higher start thirty metres back. The meeting runs over twelve qualifying heats and the top eight scores on the night progress to two semi-finals from which the top three in each semi contest the Grand Final – yes, in a further twist it is planned to hold the Grand Final with six riders rather than the usual four!