SPEEDWAY: COVENTRY Bees will be back in action next Friday, July 28, after Leicester Lions confirmed the East Midlands Bowl fixture will go ahead.
Members of the Save Coventry Speedway campaign group have been in touch with the Lions’ promotion in the last week – and they’ve assured Bees fans’ they are committed to the fixture which is expected to attract plenty of local interest.
The Bees were made homeless at the start of the current SGB Premiership season when it was announced their traditional Brandon home would not be available due to an ongoing dispute between several parties.
As a result, a series of challenge fixtures were arranged – with the first two against Wolverhampton and Poole taking place.
However further fixtures were postponed, causing doubts with regards to the sustainability of future challenge meetings.
But Leicester’s commitment has been made clear and Coventry fans can look forward to watching long-time Bees rider Chris Harris back in action.
A Save Coventry Speedway spokesperson said: “Our starting point for putting together a team for these meetings is to first go with the riders who would have been part of the 2017 Coventry team.
“But this will clearly be difficult for this fixture with three riders now racing for Leicester, and Lewis Kerr in action for Somerset in a home match on the same night.
“However, we are confident that we will be able to put together a team for the meeting which has plenty of Coventry connections, and one which hopefully will ensure an entertaining night of racing.”
While announcing Leicester’s intentions to host next Friday’s meeting, the group also provided an update on the ongoing situation regarding the immediate and long-term future of the Bees.
They said: “As far as wider issues are concerned, we want to assure supporters that the current lack of news in the public domain does not mean the Campaign Group has stopped its work.
“We are in constant contact with authorities and key personnel, often on a daily basis, and they are fully aware of our determination to find a viable solution that gets us racing again as soon as possible.
“Please be assured that when there is news to report, we will do so, and in addition members of the Campaign Group are often in attendance at Nuneaton Speedway Supporters’ Club meetings and are happy to talk there.”