Davidsson delighted with Hammers return

PUBLISHED: 08:33 26 August 2011

Kauko Nieminen (red) and Rob Mear (blue) on their way to a 5-1 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Kauko Nieminen (red) and Rob Mear (blue) on their way to a 5-1 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Swede back in side for Birmingham clash

Jonas Davidsson returns to the Lakeside Hammers line-up for the crunch Elite League clash with Birmingham tonight (Friday, 8pm).

And Swedish asset Davidsson says he cannot wait to hit the Purfleet track once again as Hammers complete their campaign against the in-form Bruummies.

Davidsson raced in the club’s first home league match of the season against Wolverhampton, before spending the rest of the campaign racing only in his home and Poland.

But he said: “It feels like I am coming ‘home’ on Friday.

“It’s great to be able to answer the Hammers call for help and, hopefully, we can go on to claim a place in the play-offs and, of course, win the cup, which was a real highlight for everyone two seasons ago.

“The boys have done very well to have got into this position with all the injuries. It’s going to be great to be back in the team and be part of the set-up again.”

Davidsson will use his own engine for the meeting in a chassis kindly supplied to the club by Hagon Shocks. He is also going to the trouble of flying in his own personal mechanic as the rider and club leave nothing to chance in their hunt for play-off qualification.

The Hammers will continue to use rider replacement for injured Pole Piotr Swiderski, with Davidsson coming in to replace injured Australian Adam Shields.

Birmingham include former Hammers Krzysztof Kasprzak and Daniel King in their side, with Ulrich Ostergaard, Daniel Nermark and Ales Dryml also in their top five and Claus Vissing and Aaron Summers at reserve.

Lakeside: Jonas Davidsson, Peter Ljung, Robert Mear, Kauko Nieminen, Kim Nilsson, Lee Richardson.

Birmingham: Ales Dryml, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Daniel King, Daniel Nermark, Ulrich Ostergaard, Aaron Summers, Claus Vissing.

The action gets underway at 8pm at the Arena-Essex Raceway with the parade of riders at 7.45pm.

Admission prices are: Adults £16; Senior Citizens, Students and Disabled £12; Unemployed and Children aged 17 and 18 £10; Children aged 6 to 16 £1; children under 6 free if accompanied by an paying adult.

Proof of age or status may be asked for. Tickets will be available on the night or may be purchased in advance via the club’s website.

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