It’s a change of race night this week for the Wightlink Warriors at the Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde as they switch to TUESDAY (24 August) for the climax of the three team tournament against Cradley Heathens and Oxford Cheetahs.
With two legs completed the Warriors hold a seven point lead over Oxford and a fourteen point advantage over Cradley. Warriors had the best of leg 1 but Oxford battled back strongly in leg 2 and the home side will need to be on their mettle as the Cheetahs retain their successful quartet again this week and include recent Handicap winner Charley Powell. Many are predicting that the overall outcome might even depend on the very final race so a tense and exciting night is very much on the cards.
Wightlink Warriors co-owner Barry Bishop, still buzzing after last week’s very enjoyable Handicap meeting said, “Here we go again! It’s a quick turnaround this time to get ready for Tuesday’s meeting that has all the hallmarks of a classic duel between the top two. The Cheetahs have put behind them the troubles they encountered in leg 1and the Warriors will also return to full strength as they try to defend the Cliff Peasley Trophy. Cradley provided a stronger challenge in leg 2 with the introduction of Chris Widman (pictured leading Warrior Danno Verge) and now with a few meetings under his saddle he joins Scott Campos and Luke Harris as riders perfectly capable of bettering previous scores whilst also spoiling the party for the other two sides.
As usual we will have the Pee Wee’s and 125’s on track from 6.15 pm before the main event and the final round of our Upright Challenge between Team Jawa and Team GM will feature in a six heat mini-match. Supporters have been telling me how much they have been enjoyed seeing and hearing the sounds and smells of these retro machines and that view is reflected back by the riders who have welcomed the opportunity to ride and entertain in race conditions in front of a meaningful crowd.
It’s bound to be another race night full of fun for all so come and join us. Gates open at 5.15 pm and remember this week racing is on Tuesday, not Thursday.”
Current aggregate scores: Warriors 67 Oxford 60 Cradley 53
The line-ups for the meeting are expected to be:
Warriors – Chad Wirtzfeld, Alex Spooner, Danno Verge, Morgan Williams.
Oxford – Ryan Terry-Daley, Charley Powell, Connor Coles, Jamie Sealey.
Cradley – Luke Harris, Chris Watts, Scott Campos, Chris Widman.