up for start of speedway season at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena
tapes go up on the opening match of the speedway season at the
Oaktree Arena in Highbridge tonight (Friday, March 27th).
Somerset Rebels will take on the 2014 Elite League Champions,
the Poole Pirates, in a special season-opening challenge match.
match will be the first occasion that the majority of the Somerset
fans will see the 2015 Rebels septet in action, with the team
going into Fridays match fresh from their stunning 47-43
League Cup group match win at Peterborough on Sunday afternoon.
will be at virtually full strength for today's visit to the Oaktree
Arena, the only exception will be Paul Starke who will be riding
for Somerset, Poole drafting in Scunthorpes Ellis Perks
as a guest replacement at reserve.
Pirates can boast two Individual World Champions in their line-up,
namely Australian Chris Holder, the 2012 World Champion and Pole
Maciej Janowski, the 2011 Under-21 World Champion, with Janowski
also being a member of the successful 2013 Polish World Cup winning
quartet, the pair are also amongst the 16 riders who will be contesting
this years Grand Prix World Championship Series.
addition, there will also be two familiar faces to Somerset fans
in the Poole line-up with ex-Rebels Dakota North and Kyle Newman
being members of the Pirates septet.
promoter Matt Ford said when we first arranged the fixture that
he would be bringing a full strength Poole side to the Oaktree
Arena, and he has been as good as his word," Somerset promoter
Debbie Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
only rider missing from their side is Paul Starke, who will be
riding for ourselves, and so Poole will bring in a guest replacement
will be making a slight increase to our admission prices for this
special challenge match with both the adult and concession prices
going up by £1, to £16 and £14 respectively,
with a reminder to fans that season tickets are not valid for
should be a really great occasion, and a chance for the Somerset
fans to see some of the Elite Leagues top riders such as
Chris Holder and Maciej Janowski flying around the Oaktree Arena,
a sight not to be missed!"