Witches promoter in hospital after crash

IPSWICH Witches speedway promoter John Louis was in hospital last night after suffering serious injuries in an accident at the Foxhall Stadium track.It is believed Louis was at the track yesterday preparing for a meeting due to be staged there today when he came off a bike and was hurtled towards a safety fence.

By Mike Bacon

IPSWICH Witches speedway promoter John Louis was in hospital last night after suffering serious injuries in an accident at the Foxhall Stadium track.

It is believed Louis was at the track yesterday preparing for a meeting due to be staged there today when he came off a bike and was hurtled towards a safety fence.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where a spokeswoman last night described his condition as "satisfactory".


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It is understood Louis was riding a motorcycle around the track when he picked up too much grip and was thrown towards a fence.

Louis' side the Witches, who he co-promotes with wife Magda, are in action today in a home and away Elite League clash with the Peterborough Panthers.

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Now in his early 60s, he began his management at the Foxhall track in the late 1980s and has been at the forefront of the Ipswich side for more than a decade.

Before then, he rode with distinction for the Suffolk team throughout the 1970s and was once third in the world after a run-off at Wembley Stadium.

His son Chris, also a Witches favourite, received serious head injuries in a crash in Poland two years ago and then suffered a serious back injury a year later on his return to the track and he hasn't ridden since.

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