A 'PAIR-FECT' START AT OTA FOR 2017

Thursday February 16, 2017
The first competitive speedway action at the Oaktree Arena in 2017 will take place on Friday 31st March and will see the club stage one of the major meetings of the domestic speedway calendar, the highly prestigious SGB Premiership Best Pairs Championship.

“The meeting was originally allocated to Rye House, but it since transpired that they were unable to accommodate the meeting within their fixture list,” explained club promoter Debbie Hancock, “and so we offered to stage the meeting at the Oaktree Arena, which has been accepted by the sport’s Management Committee.”

“With this being our first season of racing in the top flight of speedway in the UK, I was looking for a special meeting with which to open our season, and meetings don’t come much bigger than the SGB Premiership Best Pairs Championship!”

“As the meeting is at the start of the season, it should mean that the majority, if not all, of the top 2 riders from each of the 9 teams which comprise the SGB Premiership will be available for the meeting, so we could see the likes of Chris Holder, Freddie Lindgren and Krzysztof Kasprzak taking part, in addition it could also herald the return to the Oaktree Arena of ex-Rebel Jason Doyle, who now riders for Swindon.”

“I am sure that there will be a big crowd in attendance for this meeting, especially given the locality of the Oaktree Arena to the likes of Swindon, Poole and Wolverhampton, and so it promises to be a night to savour!”

In fact, the Oaktree Arena will be holding a ‘double-pair’ in 2017 with the SGB Championship Best Pairs meeting also being staged at the home of the Rebels on Friday 21 July, the night before the British Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

“The Oaktree Arena has become the traditional home of this particular competition, and although Somerset are no longer eligible to compete now that we have moved up into the top tier of UK Speedway, I am sure that the fans of those clubs who are taking part in the SGB Championship Best Pairs will flock to the Oaktree Arena to cheer on their own team before heading off to Cardiff for the following night’s British Speedway Grand Prix!”

BRITISH SPEEDWAY MAJOR EVENTS 2017

SGBP PAIRS: Somerset, March 31
BRITISH FINAL: Belle Vue, June 19
SGBC PAIRS: Somerset, July 21
SGBC FOURS: Peterborough, August 6
SGBP RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Belle Vue, September 16
SGBC RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Glasgow, September 24

OTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES

BRITISH UNDER-21 SEMI-FINAL: Peterborough, April 11
BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL: Poole, April 26
BRITISH SEMI-FINALS: Sheffield, May 4; Newcastle, Date TBC



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