Somerset Rebels move up to speedway's top tier
speedway club the Somerset Rebels have taken the decision to move
up into UK speedways top tier, the newly named Premiership,
it has been announced this week.
Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock, based at the Oaktree Arena, explained
to Burnham-On-Sea.com the reason behind the decision.
"Although we are a relatively young club in speedway terms,
having only been formed in 2000, we would like to feel that we are
also a club with ambition, and after 15 seasons in the sports
second tier of racing, the last 5 years of which have been highly
successful by way of the titles won, we felt that the time was right
to move up into the sports highest level of racing in the
"Also, when you look at it, with Rye House also making the
move into the Premiership, geographically the move into top tier
made sense as, if we had stayed in the second tier of racing, our
nearest team would have been Peterborough, which is not exactly
local to ourselves."
by competing in the Premiership, we will have the attraction of
local derbies against the likes of Swindon and Poole, plus clubs
like Wolverhampton, Coventry and Leicester, who are not a million
miles away from the Oaktree Arena."
fact, the furthest we would have to travel would be to Belle Vue
(Manchester) in the North and Kings Lynn in the East."
She added: "This was not a decision the club have taken lightly,
and we would not have agreed to join the newly formed Premiership
if we didnt think that it was the right move for the club,
both on and off the track."
"I know that this news may come as somewhat of a shock to our
fans, and they will have many questions which they would like answered
regarding the decision to move up, but I ask that they be patient
on that front as we will be putting more meat on the bones
over the course of the forthcoming weeks, which, hopefully, will
answer their concerns."
"!I am sure that our main team sponsors, Cases Ltd, will be
more than pleased with our decision to be taking the club into the
highest level of speedway in the UK."
are very exciting times for the club and all concerned with the
Cases Somerset Rebels and I personally cannot wait for
the new season to get underway next March."