BRUMMIES vs COVENTRY, PREVIEW
BIRMINGHAM owner Tony Mole will bow out of the sport on Wednesday with a special Farewell meeting at Perry Barr (7.30pm). The Brummies will renew their rivalry with Coventry on what promises to be a special night in the second city as Mole retires after a 31-year career as a promoter. The Kidderminster businessman brought speedway back to Birmingham in 2007 and again saved the club in 2015.
But as he says his goodbyes on Wednesday, he will also unveil the club’s brand new owners to take them into 2018 and beyond.
Said Mole: “Of course it will be a very emotional night but most importantly it is going to be a fascinating night of speedway on the track. We’re delighted to be hosting local rivals Coventry and the line-ups Graham Drury (team manager) has assembled look very evenly balanced overall with the designated race format and it should be a very close meeting. It should prove to be a night to remember for myself and I am very proud of what I have achieved throughout my career, especially with the Birmingham Brummies. I really do hope we get a very big turn out to give the new owners a big Perry Barr welcome and I hope they get the reception they deserve when we unveil their identities for the very first time during the interval.”
Popular ex-Birmingham racers Martin Smolinski, Ben Barker, Paul Starke, Adam Skornicki and Simon Lambert all return to Perry Barr for the fixture while 2017 captain Jack Parkinson-Blackburn has declared himself fit alongside team-mates Layne Cupitt and Taylor Hampshire. Adam Ellis, Tom Bacon and Liam Carr were all due to line-up in the event, but have been forced to withdraw through injury and illness respectively. Newly crowned US National Champion Broc Nicol will line up for Coventry along with former Cradley Heathens favourites Ashley Morris and Dan Greenwood.
A special race format has been designed for the Tony Mole Farewell meeting and a bumper crowd is expected. Gates will open at 6.15pm where supporters will be able to meet and greet the competing riders in a special autograph and photo session between 6.30pm and 7.00pm in the main grandstand. Season tickets will NOT be valid for the meeting with admission set at Adults and Seniors £13, Children (6-16) £2, while kids five and under will be admitted for FREE.
A special 32-page souvenir brochure has been produced for the event which looks back on the career of Mole, with contributions from those who have worked closest to him down the years. Only a limited number are being printed and will be available at the track for just £3!
LINE-UPS (in alphabetical order):
BIRMINGHAM: Ben Barker, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Layne Cupitt, Taylor Hampshire, Simon Lambert, Adam Skornicki, Paul Starke.
COVENTRY: Mitchell Davey, Dan Greenwood, Ashley Morris, Broc Nicol, James Sarjeant, Martin Smolinski, David Wallinger.