Tuesday April 02, 2019
PROFESSIONAL Speedway roars back into Perry Barr on Wednesday as Birmingham launch their 2019 season against local rivals Wolverhampton (7.30).

It promises to be a special occasion in the second city on a night where club co-owner David Mason will also officially retire from racing after 22 years in the saddle.

“As people know by now I actually stopped racing in 2017 but to finally have my farewellmeeting granted is a huge honour,” Mason said.

“This will be a meeting I’ll always remember for more reasons than one and I’ll be doing my final laps on a Speedway bike during the interval.

“But it’s not all about me because it’s a huge night for the club as well.

“We took the gamble to step back up into professional racing over the winter and now we need the public to come and get behind us.

“It promises to be a great night of entertainment from start to finish and the meeting itself should be cracking.

“The track has had a lot of work done to it recent weeks and I think it’s going to serve up some excellent racing.

“Wolverhampton are being tipped as the favourites for the league above us so we know it’s going to be tough, but if our boys can make some good starts and get out in front then you never know in meetings like this.”

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies hand debuts to Tobias Thomsen and Paco Castagna while Ulrich Ostergaard, Kyle Newman and Zach Wajtknecht return to Perry Barr having all ridden for the club previously.

Captain James Shanes is the only returning rider from last season while Steve Worrall now guests at No.1 with initial booking Adam Ellis now unavailable.

Another new signing will also be on display in Ashley Morris - but for one night only he’ll be on the opposite side of the pits with parent club Wolverhampton.

They also include seven-times British Champion Scott Nicholls, Australian International Sam Masters and former British Under-21 Champion Kyle Howarth.

American prospect Luke Becker will make his long awaited debut in the UK while Wolves have called upon fans’ favourite Nathan Greaves to stand in at reserve. Rider replacement will operate for Nick Morris who is recovering from a wrist problem.

Admission is £16.50 Adults, £14 Concessions/Students, £5 Juniors (12-16) while Under-11s go FREE.

Supporters should note that the point of entry for the 2019 season is now via the official turnstiles on the main Aldridge Road.

There will also be an official souvenir, limited edition raceday programme available for £3.50.

6.15 Turnstiles open
6.30-6.50 Autograph session with David Mason, Scott Nicholls and Luke Becker lower Main Grandstand
7.20 Parade

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