Ipswich Eagles gunning for fifth British cycle speedway title

Ipswich Eagles Cycle Speedway club members pose for a team photo on a practice night at Whitton Chur

Ipswich Eagles Cycle Speedway club members pose for a team photo on a practice night at Whitton Church Lane. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Stephen Waller

Ipswich Eagles cycle speedway club are gunning for a fifth British Club Championship this weekend.

The Whitton Sports Centre-based side look to defend the title they first won in 2012 in the midlands over the Bank Holiday weekend, with all their team, from U10s to Vets in action.

It’s a huge logistical operation by the Ipswich club who, along with Poole, are the only teams who have enough strength in depth to field so many riders.

Chairman Bryan Harvey is proud of what his club has achieved over the years – and is looking forward to retaining the title.

“It’s the biggest club title in the sport in this country,” he said.

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“A host of team finals, starting with the U19s and Women’s on Saturday, through to the U13s and Open on Monday.

“We are one of only two clubs who enter all age categories and that shows the strength of the club. It’s quite remarkable and we are really proud of what we have done.

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“Can we win in again? Of course we can, but it might be a close call.”

Meanwhile Kesgrave Panthers are looking to win a seventh successive U10 title, as well as retaining their U13 title.

Very much a junior club, Kesgrave have dominated the younger age groups in the past and although they also enter a Vets team, they don’t have enough team entrants to win the overall title.

“To win seven on the bounce would be a fantastic achievement,” chairman Robert Gifkins said.

“We are a club with a lot of talented juniors and what they have achieved, especially with groups of U10s over the years is fantastic.”

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