Fab four ready for New Year classic
10:40am Tuesday 13th December 2011 in Sport
Newport Speedway have added four more names to the line-up for the New Year Classic at Queensway Meadows on Monday, January 2.
Defending champion Lee Smart, 2010 title holder Steve Boxall, double winner David Howe and multiple open meeting top man Kevin Doolan will be joined by another quartet of top quality riders.
Like reigning champion Smart, three of new names will also using the meeting to put themselves in the shop window for promoters.
So far without a 2012 team berth are 2010 Premier League riders champion Ricky Ashworth and former Wasps Carl Wilkinson and Chris Schramm.
The 2007 Premier league riders champion James Wright was waiting on news from his 2011 club Somerset who he joined mid-season after a team re-shuffle at Workington and the Rebels confirmed him as their final rider over the weekend.
Ashworth is still in talks with his parent club Sheffield and may end up back with the Tigers while the other two have, as yet, not been snapped up.
Meeting co-ordinator Laurence Rogers thinks the addition of these four makes for a great line-up, with more names yet to be confirmed.
"Added in to the four named who have all tasted success around Queensway Meadows this quartet are out and out racers and all have something to prove," said Rogers.
"The ones without teams yet will want to put in a good showing to attract clubs who have not completed their line-ups. In Ashworth and Wright we also have two former Premier Rider Champion," he added.
"We have four more spaces left to fill the line-up and Nick Mallett and I have spoken to a fair number of riders who want to do the meeting and we will make our final decisions over which four will complete the line-up soon.
"Additionally I have been talking to various speedway related business throughout the country about supporting the meeting with race sponsorships and hopefully we will get each race backed in addition to a meeting sponsor."
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