Hammers gear up for play-off action
PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 September 2011
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Eastbourne visit for derby tonight
Lakeside Hammers are all set for this evening’s home leg of their Elite League play-off semi-final against local rivals Eastbourne Eagles.
Hammers have selected Stuart Robson over Kauko Nieminen for the No.3 slot, with rider replacement to be used to cover the absence of Tomasz Jedrzejak.
Co-promoter Jon Cook said: “Neil (Vatcher) and I have had a bit to think about and we have come up with a plan to get the most out of the rider replacement facility on the night.
“It was a tough choice between Robbo (Stuart Robson) and Kakke (Kauko Nieminen) and in the end it was Robbo’s slightly better ability to come from the back that swung us his way.
“Kakke took the decision like a true pro and at this moment in time it’s likely he will be in the second leg as his gating skills will be an advantage at Eastbourne.”
All Hammers riders came through their various weekend racing commitments and with the weather holding up for the Banger World Final, which was staged at the Arena-Essex Raceway yesterday, all preparations are all in place for tonight’s big clash.
All of the team, apart from Robert Mear, have been in action over the past two days.
Hammers captain, Lee Richardson, rode at Eastbourne on Saturday, while Jonas Davidsson, Peter Ljung and Kim Nilsson were involved in the Swedish Finals.
Nilsson finished third in the Under-21 final before joining his two fellow Hammers in the senior National Championships.
Davidsson reached the final but had to be content with fourth place in a meeting that saw former Hammers and Grand Prix star, Andreas Jonsson, take the title.
Robson rode in two meetings yesterday for Premier League side Newcastle in their home and away cup matches against leaders Glasgow.
Mear, although not involved in competitive racing over the weekend, has had practice sessions arranged by the club to ensure all the team are ready for tonight’s action.
Fans of both the Hammers and Eastbourne will miss none of the action from the other semi-final between Poole and Kings Lynn after club management confirmed they have hired a giant screen.
Co-promoter Jon Cook said: “Screens are not being provided to the clubs this year so, like King’s Lynn, we have made our own private arrangements to make sure fans of both teams miss out on none of the action.”
Hammers: Lee Richardson (Great Britain), Peter Ljung (Sweden), Stuart Robson (Great Britain), Jonas Davidsson (Sweden), Rider Replacement for Piotr Swiderski (Poland), Robert Mear (Great Britain), Kim Nilsson (Sweden).
Eastbourne: Bjarne Pedersen (Denmark), Simon Gustafsson (Sweden), Lewis Bridger (Great Britain), Rider Replacement for Lukas Dryml (Czech Republic), Joonas Kylmakorpi (Finland), Cameron Woodward (Australia), Timo Lahti (Finland).
Tonight’s action gets underway at 7.30pm and normal admission prices will apply.
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