Ritchie insists his deal is short-term

Ritchie Hawkins

Ritchie Hawkins - Credit: Archant

RITCHIE Hawkins has made a solid start on his return to Ipswich Witches, but he still insists his short-term deal is just that.

RITCHIE Hawkins has made a solid start on his return to Ipswich Witches, but he still insists his short-term deal is just that.

The 29-year-old Peterborough-based rider is continuing to study to become a full-time fire fighter and as much as he loves his speedway, he can’t see his time at Ipswich being long-term.

“It’s not I don’t want to ride for Ipswich,” he said.

“I would love to. The team is great and there is a nice atmosphere among the riders.


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“The problem is I just won’t have the time to commit full-time – I simply can’t be at all the meetings.”

Hawkins has done a sound job since replacing Jari Makinen in the No.2 position at Foxhall, with some solid scores.

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He admits he is pretty pleased with his form.

“I don’t think things are going too badly really,” he said.

“The Star of Anglia individual came round at a good time for me because it allowed me to try some things out.

“The fact I have another job (retained fire fighter) means I don’t have to fully rely on speedway to pay the mortgage.”

Hawkins and the Witches travel to Leicester on Sunday, with a 6pm start for a Premier League clash.

MEANWHILE Ipswich Witches reserve Adam Ellis has gained a reprieve and returns to World U-21 action this weekend.

Sixteen-year-old Ellis, who was knocked-out of the competition after a disappointing performance at Plymouth in a qualifying round last month, has been handed a wildcard entry after Britain were granted another spot in the semi-final at Lonigo tomorrow..

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