expected for TV speedway race fixture in Highbridge tonight
2,000 speedway fans are set to converge on Highbridge's Oaktree
Arena tonight (Friday) when Sky Sports broadcasts a top live meeting
from the track.
Premier League Pairs Championship fixture is widely acknowledged
in the sport as being one of the highlights on the British speedway
Oaktree's Bill Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're hoping
to see a big crowd of up to 2,000 speedway fans for this special
fixture - and we're honoured that it will be broadcast live to
millions of TV viewers."
like this is great for the Burnham and Highbridge area in terms
of publicity and the event is also bringing extra trade into the
area with many local guesthouses and B&Bs busier than normal."
The Premier League Pairs Championship brings together two
out of the top three riders from 10 of the 13 clubs which comprise
The Premier League.
team manager and co-promoter Garry May added: "We're honoured
to once again be asked by the British Speedway authorities to
stage the Premier League Pairs Championship and on top of it drawing
a big crowd to the Oaktree Arena, it will be broadcast live across
the globe by Sky, which is not only a big boost for the club,
but for the area as a whole."
"I know that it is said every year, but this years
Championship is wide open, with no real clear-cut favourites amongst
the 10 teams, so it should make for a most exciting meeting, not
only for the thousands who normally attend the event each year,
but for the countless numbers watching via Sky Sports."
The Somerset Rebels finally lifted the trophy for the first time
in the clubs history last season. On that occasion it was
riders Jason Doyle and Josh Grajczonek who made it a perfect night,
but with both of them having moved on to pastures new, Somerset
will be pinning their hopes of retaining the title through Olly
Allen and Nick Morris.
have been drawn in Group B for the preliminary stages of the meeting,
where they will come up against pairs representing Edinburgh,
Plymouth, Berwick and Sheffield, whilst Group A comprises Workington,
Peterborough, Redcar, Ipswich and Newcastle. The top two sides
from each of these groups will progress through to the 'sudden
death' semi-finals, the winners of which will then meet in the
Championship-deciding Grand Final.
Admission for tonight's event costs: Adults: £20.00, Concessions:
£15.00, Juniors (12-16): £5.00, Children (11 &
under): Free, Programmes: £4.00, Car Park: £1.00.
Turnstiles will open at 5pm and the action begins at 7.00 pm.