Thursday February 16, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels first taste of competitive track action for the 2017 season will see them travel to Championship side Sheffield for an Inter-League Challenge match against the Tigers on Thursday March 30th, which will be a re-match of last season’s second-tier Play-Off Grand Final.

Since then, however, Somerset have taken the decision to move up into the sport’s top tier of racing in the UK, the newly rebranded SGB Premiership, while Sheffield will compete in the second tier racing, the SGB Championship.

“With Somerset winning both legs of last year’s Grand Final against Sheffield, the Tigers will be looking to exact some degree of revenge over ourselves, especially now that Somerset have moved up into British Speedway’s top tier of racing,” said Somerset promoter Debbie Hancock, “and we were more than happy to accept this challenge match as it will also give our riders additional track time before the serious business of our new season in the Premiership gets underway."

"As Rebels skipper Josh Grajczonek will be combining his Somerset duties with those of Sheffield in the Championship this year, we have agreed that Josh can ride for Sheffield on this particular occasion, though Somerset would normally have priority on his services in the event of any fixture clashes, and we will, therefore, be moving reserve Jake Allen up into the main body of the Somerset team, and we will bring in a guest replacement to ride at reserve alongside our other reserve rider, Jan Graversen.”

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