The 15 year-old mascot at Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway club has taken his first formal steps to becoming an official rider. 

Eli Meadows celebrated his 15th birthday at the Somerset Rebels Speedway’s Championship Shield match against Eastbourne Eagles by signing a Letter of Intent at the Oaktree Arena that lines him up to officially join the club when he turns 16. 

The present day mascot is following in the tyre-treads of his predecessor, Henry Atkins, whom Eli watched score a very impressive 7 points in only his fourth second-tier meeting and club officials believe that a good career awaits Eli.

Speaking of the signing, promoter Debbie Hancock said: “Like Henry, Eli is a great lad, very level-headed and making good strides.”

“Just as we were quick off the mark with Henry, we wanted to follow suit with Eli. Garry, the manager, and I spoke about it and we both felt it would be good for the club as we look to build for the future.”

“When he is old enough, it is planned for Eli to sign for us which offers him something to strive for. “

“He has been putting in some good pre-meeting displays and he enjoys very much in being part of the team, as we try to involve him as much as possible.”

Eli first started riding a bike at the tender age of 3, enjoying the experience in his Uncle’s field. 

Last season Eli scored 200 points as he dominated in the Formula Grasstrack Association (FGA) Junior Class .

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