Good news for Witches fans as Manzares and Tungate get green light

Gino Manzares

Gino Manzares - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Witches stars Rohan Tungate and Gino Manzares WILL be lining up to race at Foxhall Stadium on opening night.

Both riders, who have endured a winter of worry over getting a visa in time for the coming season, have been told they can now start with the Witches on Thursday, March 19, in the Billy Sanders Memorial individual event.

For both riders and director of speedway Chris Louis, it’s a huge relief to have his full complement of riders ready from the off.

“There are still things to be put into place to ensure more efficiency in the future,” Louis said.

“But the UK Visa and Immigration Department have told me that Gino and Rohan are free to ride on their current visas and while there is a bit more paperwork to do, it’s coming to a satisfactory conclusion for everyone.

“It’s been a bit stressful but I’m glad in some ways it has happened, so we all know where we stand.”

Tungate and Manzares flew into England two weeks ago but it didn’t mean they were going to be able to ride.

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The news however has delighted both riders, who have been busy with fitness regimes ahead of the upcoming campaign.

“It’s a relief we now know what’s going on,” Tungate said.

“I just want to get going and get riding.”

Manzares meanwhile has set out his targets for the season. “I want to put a point on my average and I want Ipswich to win the league,” the Californian said.

With press and practice day on Monday, March 16 and opening night at Foxhall just three nights later, the season is suddenly upon Witches and speedway fans alike.

The Billy Sanders Memorial field includes all the Witches, plus exciting stars like Rory Schlein, Ben Barker and Craig Cook. Witches fans will be pleased to know their 1-7 are all in town and ready to go.

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