A change in order – a change of luck?
IPSWICH ‘Sackers’ Witches will be hoping a change in riding order can overcome their poor home form as they entertain Somerset tonight in a Premier League TV clash.
The Witches won three away meetings in the space of seven days recently, only to come crashing down to earth against Scunthorpe at home last Thursday.
With Taylor Poole almost ready to return, the Foxhall management have re-jigged the riders who currently hold the 1-7 race jackets, in the hope they can produce the form they have shown they are capable of – and leave Poole on the sidelines.
The biggest move in the team is that of Rohan Tungate to the heat leader No.5 position.
The talented young Aussie is in only his fifth month of racing in the UK, but has already shown why Chris Louis was desperate to get his signature.
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“I didn’t come to Ipswich to be a reserve all season,” Tungate said.
“I’m enjoying Ipswich. We need to sort ourselves out a bit because Somerset will be a difficult meeting.
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“We just need to get on a roll at home and win some meetings. The riders aren’t happy at losing at home and we know the fans aren’t either.”
While Tungate’s average has been heading upwards, experienced racers Kevin Doolan and Leigh Lanham have seen their averages head in the other direction. Indeed Doolan now finds himself riding at No.4, from the No.1 position he was given at the start of the campaign.
The popular Aussie has dropped almost a point-and-a-half off his average since he joined the club in 2011.
Tonight’s Sky-covered clash gives the Witches a chance to show a national audience what they can do of. However Somerset will prove tough opposition in a Premier League fixture the home side can hardly afford to lose, having already lost three times at home.
Director of Speedway, Chris Louis, said ““I expect this to be as closely fought as all the other meetings between the two teams this year and I hope that Witches supporters will turn out in force to cheer us on.”
Ipswich Witches: 1 L Lanham, 2 M Risager, 3 D North, 4 K Doolan, 5. Rohan Tungate, 6. Mathieu Tresarrieu, 7. Cameron Heeps.
Somerset Rebels: 1 Jason Doyle, 2 Alex Davies, 3 Sam Masters, 4. James Wright, 5. Claus Vissing, 6. Kyle Newman, 7. Tom Perry.
n IPSWICH v Somerset, Sky Sports 2, 7.30pm, tonight.