Rebels issue apology after match is abandoned
speedway side The Somerset Rebels have issued an apology after
Tuesday's Knockout Cup quarter-final against Workington Comets
was abandoned after just one heat.
meeting was called off due to a waterlogged track at the Oaktree
Arena, despite there being no rain during the day at the Highbridge
the Rebels had watered the track themselves and were then caught
out by surface water not evaporating as quickly as expected.
meeting was delayed after Somerset rider Stefan Nielsen suffered
a heavy fall in the second heat but, despite extensive work on
the track, the meeting was never restarted.
promoter Debbie Hancock was quick to issue a full apology to fans
on the promotion's official website, blaming a change in weather
forecast for the error.
would like to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone who
was at the Oaktree Arena," said Hancock.
track preparation leading up to the meeting had been based on
the Met Office weather forecast that had indicated we would be
getting a hot, sunny afternoon and evening.
contrary to the forecast, we experienced unexpected cloud cover
which meant that the water that had been laid down on the track
did not evaporate as anticipated, which left the track with a
wetter than usual surface."
Rebels were chasing a six-point deficit after losing 48-42 in
the first leg at Workington on Sunday evening.
had got off to the best start possible in heat one, gaining a
5-1 maximum through captain Jason Doyle and Kyle Newman.
Nielsen's big crash in the second outing, after a coming-together
with Ashley Morris, forced the premature stoppage for extensive
track grading. After a long wait, it was decided the Oaktree Arena
track was not fit for racing.
Hancock added: "Both personally and on behalf of the club,
I feel that we have let down the supporters who came along for
what all the makings of an exciting night of racing, and I cannot
apologise enough to those fans who were left disappointed at the
Rebels said tickets for the match will be valid for any Somerset
home match either this season or next season.