Monday May 15, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels management have reacted to a disappointing start to their debut season in British Speedway’s top-flight, which has seen them lose their last three home matches and culminated in their recent 34-point defeat at Wolverhampton, by making three team changes.

The Somerset promotion have signed Richard Lawson, Lewis Kerr and Cameron Heeps to replace the out-going trio of Rohan Tungate, Paul Starke and Jan Graversen, and, subject to BSPA approval, the changes will be effective in time for Somerset’s next match, at home to Rye House on Friday 19th May.

“It is never nice to tell riders that they are being released, but we had to do something quickly while we still had the chance in order to try and turn our season around,” said Somerset team manager Garry May.

“For whatever reason, things just haven’t happened for Rohan and Paul, and while Jan has steadily improved as the season has progressed I just felt that we needed greater consistency at reserve so that there was less pressure on Jake Allen.”

“Both Rohan and Paul have been great servants of the Rebels, none more so than last season when we won the league championship, but I have to do what I think is best for the club before it gets too late.”

Cumbrian Lawson is currently a member SGB Championship side Glasgow Tigers, with whom he won a KO Cup Winners’ medal last season, and has had experience of riding in the top-flight in the UK, mainly with Lakeside, while Kerr has recently completed a temporary spell with Poole as an injury replacement, and Heeps, who also rides for Ipswich in the SGB Championship, is a multi Western Australian State Champion, and is currently enjoying an excellent season with the Witches.

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