Lakeside Hammers lose Jonsson to injury
PUBLISHED: 09:30 07 September 2016
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Number one rider suffers crash in Sweden
Lakeside Hammers have been rocked by the news that their Grand Prix star Andreas Jonsson will miss the rest of the season after a horrifying crash in Sweden last night.
The Vortex Hammers number one, who was a last-heat hero in picking up a valuable away point at King’s Lynn last week, suffered a broken collarbone, thumb and ribs when racing in the Swedish League play-offs.
It means the Purfleet club will need to find a guest replacement for next Friday’s vital showdown with Swindon at the Arena-Essex track.
Club chief Jon Cook said: “I spoke to AJ first thing this morning and of course it’s a massive blow to our hopes.
“However, given the rather sketchy reports initially coming out of Sweden with regard to a back injury, it’s a relief that although he’s in great pain at the moment all his injuries will heal.
“I know it’s been a worrying night for all concerned and the main thing is that he’s going to be okay. The effect on track is something I will sit down and discuss with Kelvin Tatum (club coach) and our senior riders later.”
A club statement added: “Everyone at Lakeside Vortex Hammers Speedway would like to wish Andreas all the very best and thank him for his sterling work this season as we still hold out hope of grabbing fourth spot and a play-off place.”