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Former Hammer set for farewell

PUBLISHED: 17:22 30 August 2011

- Lakeside Hammers Press & Practice Day at Arena Essex Raceway -  17/03/09 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

- Lakeside Hammers Press & Practice Day at Arena Essex Raceway - 17/03/09 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

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Morris to end career at Birmingham

Former Lakeside Hammers rider Phil Morris brings the curtain down on a 20-year career at Birmingham on Thursday.

Welshman Morris stages a Farewell meeting at Perry Barr Stadium, which sees a World All Stars team led by three-time world champion Jason Crump.

Current Hammers captain Lee Richardson lines up for a British side, alongside Grand Prix star Chris Harris and fellow World Cup teammates Tai Woffinden, Ben Barker and Lewis Bridger.

The teams will battle it out for honours over 14 heats of racing, with the top four scorers then contesting a Grand Final.

There will also be a Young Lions challenge between Birmingham Bulls and Stoke Potters and some 250cc under-16 demonstration races.

Morris will donate part of the proceeds from the night to the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund and British Youth Speedway and said: “It has been a hectic few weeks getting everything organised, but we’ve done it and all of our committee are really looking forward to the night. We can’t wait for it to start.

“I’m eternally grateful to everyone who’s helped organise things, but most of all I hope the supporters have a great night and enjoy themselves.

“With my involvement in the sport now I was always keen to have plenty of British representation in the line-up, so it’s very encouraging that so many of our nation’s top riders have agreed to ride for me. I’m simply knocked-out by their commitment.

“Jason (Crump) is also a very good friend of mine, so once again I’m grateful to him for taking time out from his heavy schedule to fly to England and lead the World All Stars team.

“And something that is very close to my heart is helping the young British riders, so it’s only correct that we also have some of them competing alongside the main event. I’m sure the crowd will get right behind them and give them plenty of encouragement.

“This is a big meeting for them all as most won’t have ridden in front of a big crowd before and certainly won’t have before shared a pit lane with such an array of high-calibre and high-profile riders.

“As well as the racing there will be plenty of other things going on. There will be an auction of signed race jackets after the meeting finishes, plus lots of other fun things during the evening, such as kids competitions. There’s something for everyone!

“I’d like to finish by saying a massive thanks to meeting sponsors BRC Roofing and also Grand Final sponsors Regina Chains, Wulfsport, GTS, Draper Tools, De Vere Hotels and Meridian Lifts.

“Finally, also a big thank-you to Chalfont Coaches and Ideal Video for their most generous support.”

Also available on the night is the Phil Morris Story DVD. This features a 3-hour extensive interview on Phil’s career and also includes lots of racing action highlights.

This exclusive item comes complete with a second DVD featuring all the action from Phil’s original Testimonial Meeting at Reading’s Smallmead Stadium in July 2000.

This specially produced double-DVD package costs just £4 and copies are also available to buy by post or online. Details at www.philmorris.info

Team GB: Chris Harris, Lewis Bridger, Tai Woffinden, Ben Barker, Lee Richardson, James Wright, Danny King. Team Manager: Ivan Shears.

World All Stars: Jason Crump, Richard Sweetman, Ty Proctor, Ulrich Ostergaard, Rory Schlein, David Bellego, Zdenek Simota. Team Manager: Graham Drury.

Referee: Dave Robinson

Young Lions Challenge (2 heats): Birmingham Bulls (Jack Hargreaves and Ben Taylor) v Stoke Potters (Tim Webster and Jaimie Pickard)

250cc Under-16 demonstration (2 heats) Nathan Greaves, Josh Bates, Connor Mountain, Adam Ellis.

Admission: Adults £16; OAPs, Students (with ID cards), Disabled £12; Children (aged 12-17) £5; Children (aged 6-11) £1.

Souvenir programme (32-page, full colour) £2.50.


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