Witches set to widen the track

IPSWICH Witches are still looking to widen their Foxhall Stadium track before the start of the 2010 speedway season.Plans have been afoot for a number of months now and a proposed new inside line has been marked on the centre green for a number of weeks.

IPSWICH Witches are still looking to widen their Foxhall Stadium track before the start of the 2010 speedway season.

Plans have been afoot for a number of months now and a proposed new inside line has been marked on the centre green for a number of weeks.

If it goes ahead it is bound to improve racing on the heath giving more opportunities for riders to pass.

Witches rider/manager Chris Louis says that it is basically a matter of finding the finance and the work can start.


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"I have made some studies and it will cost in excess of �20,000", said Louis.

"We are looking towards sponsorship to provide this additional money and more information on this will be announced soon.

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"Ideally, we want to get it sorted by Christmas and if so the new track should be in use for the start of the new season."

Louis is expected to shortly announce his retirement from racing after a tremendously successful career that stretches back to 1988, and he is expected to be granted a farewell meeting next summer.

He is 40 and hasn't ridden since injuring his upper arm in a crash at Foxhall in April 2008having been a one-club man and ridden around 700 Witches meetings.

"At the moment I don't intend riding next year," said Louis, who confirmed that he will be carrying on with his successful TV work for Sky Sports.

He plans to attend next week's British Speedway Promoters' Association annual meeting in Bournemouth for a couple of days - but not as promoter.

His father John will continue to hold the reins for a Suffolk based clu that will be staying in the Elite League.

Louis junior was a member of a "think tank" that looked into ways of improving the lot of British clubs and introduced a three-year plan.

This has now expired, with Louis saying he doesn't want any more involvement.

"The ideas we came forward with were not put into practice," said Louis.

"I gave my views three years ago and will comment on the state of British speedway again after the annual meeting."

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