Welcome to the official website of the Warriors Shale Track Racing Club, home of the 'Wightlink Warriors & Wizards' teams on the Isle of Wight. We race at the Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde from late June to early September on Thursday evenings. Please check our fixtures page for up-to-date race events and follow us on social media for the latest news and meeting coverage. We would like to welcome you on race nights, full details of admission prices can be found on our home page and for those travelling from the mainland, various transport options with special offers are available from our Travel section HERE.
The Island has been giving fans of motorcycle motorsport a home since 1996, albeit with a break from the 2014 & 2015 seasons. With a purpose built stadium on Ashey Road, Ryde, we host approximately 11 track racing meetings a year during the season.
After a successful 2016 re-launch of the sport on the Island, followed by five solid seasons on and off track, preparations are already in hand to bring the Warriors & Wizards back to the tapes in 2021.
BARRY BISHOP : CO-PROMOTER & COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Barry Bishop has a long association with the sport having been a rider, including for the Wight Wizards in 1996, owner of My First Skid Speedway School, and is a life time fan of speedway and grass track racing. Barry was a submariner for 14 years before leaving the military to start work in the City of London.
MARTIN WIDMAN : CO-PROMOTER & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Martin Widman has been involved in the sport for many years, starting out as a fan at Sheffield when in his youth. An occasional supporter while he moved around during his career in the Royal Air Force, later picking it back up seriously as a Leicester and Long Eaton supporter in the 80’s and 90’s. His middle son Chris is an established former speedway rider who rode for the Warriors for many seasons.
ROB DYER : PRESS OFFICER & ANNOUNCER
Rob Dyer has been attending speedway since 1968 and has an excellent knowledge of the sport at all levels. He has provided live commentary on various productions, and is a very accomplished interviewer. Rob came on board with the Warriors at the beginning of the 2017 season as race day announcer, and soon took on the role of press officer once the season began.
BRENDAN JOHNSON : COMMERCIAL MANAGER
Brendan is no stranger to the Island, having raced for the Isle of Wight for many seasons before retiring from the sport. A comeback was planned when signing for the Warriors is 2016, however a crash during practise before the season ended that hope. Brendan has now come on board in an off track role, putting his enthusiasm, skills and passion into commercial aspects promoting the club.
ANDY HAGUE : MEDIA MANAGER
A fan of track racing since his first meeting at Poole in 1990, Andy along with his brother Paul, created SPEEDWAY PORTAL. Providing the Warriors website within the Portal was his first step inside our sport and has now become a valued member of the Warriors off track team.
IAN GROVES : DESIGN & OFFICIAL TRACK PHOTOGRAPHER
Ian came on board with the Warriors as official track photographer from day 1 of speedway's return to the Island. Rarely missing a meeting, his images soon captured not only the action, but all the local and national press. He is also the 'go to' guy for all Warriors designs and promotional products.
Licensed Promoters: Barry Bishop & Martin Widman
Venue: The Smallbrook Stadium, Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4BH
Running late June to early September on Thursday evenings
5:30pm Entry : 6:45pm Rider Parade : 7pm Tapes Up
Club Telephone: 03335 774458
Sponsor & Hospitality Manager: Angie Cooper
Volunteer Coordinator: Sandra Hinchcliffe
Clerk of the Course: Kevin Shepherd
Recorder: Chris Golding
Track Curators: Martin Widman, Barry Bishop & Arthur Joy
Machine Examiners: Ricky Neale, Rob Snow & Andy Perring
Environmental Marshal: Colin Whitlock
Pit Marshal: Andy Perring
Start Marshal: Chris Cass
Medical Cover: British Red Cross
Health and Safety: Martin Widman and Colin Whitlock
Paramedic: Gareth Ward
DJ: Phil Lynch (Cloud 2 Entertainments)
Track Length: 385 Metres
Isle of Wight Track Record: Stefan Nielsen: 66.1 heat 1 on 13/04/2017: The Vince Mapley Memorial Trophy
Programme Printer: Willow Print & Design
Programme Designer: Ian Groves
THE PREMIER LOUNGE
THE WARRIORS RETREAT
Our facilities boast The Premier Lounge Bar which is situated on the first floor of the main building on the 2nd bend near the main entrance, serving soft and alcoholic drinks along with hot food. (The Premier Lounge bar is also available to hire for private functions). The Warriors Track Shop is situated on the grass banking on the 1st bend next to The Warriors Retreat food outlet. Along the home straight we have a 440 seater covered Grandstand with our sweet stall in front of the referee and announcers box. We have a fantastic viewing area with wheelchair access for our disabled fans situated on the 1st bend in front of The Warriors Retreat, along with reserved disabled parking if booked in advance by contacting the club.
First Meeting at Smallbrook: May 13th 1996: Island Individual Championship.
Leagues: Premier League 1997-2008 : National League 1996-97, 2009-13, 2016-20.
(In 1997 Skegness moved to complete their Premier League fixtures at Smallbrook and rode as the Isle of Wight)
1998: Young Shield Champions
2001: Young Shield Champions
2002: Premier League Riders Champion: Adam Shields
2002: Pairs Champions
2003: Knock Out Cup Champions
2007: Four Team Tournament Champions
2007: Pairs Champions
2013: National League Trophy Champions
2018: National League Rider Champion: Ben Morley
2018: WSRA Community Club of the Year
2019: BSPA Most Improved National League Club
2019: Cliff Peasley Cup Winners
2019: Silver Ski Fours Winners
2019: WSRA Community Club of the Year
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