Suffolk riders represent their countries at Ipswich

Ipswich's Pierce Bacon leads the field at Whitton Sports Centre in an Elite League clash with Poole.

Ipswich's Pierce Bacon leads the field at Whitton Sports Centre in an Elite League clash with Poole. - Credit: Archant

Home Nations and Celtic Cup being raced at Whitton Sports Centre on Saturday

Ipswich Cycle Speedway club play host to the Home Internationals, at their Whitton Sports Centre raceway, on Saturday, 1pm start.

A Junior and Senior competition sees many of the best riders from around Great Britain race for the Home Nations title and country bragging rights, in a four-team contest featuring England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

And Suffolk has plenty of representation among the squads.

Starring for England’s senior team is Great Blakenham’s Lewis Osborne, while Ipswich duo Charlie Rumbold and Lewis Roberts both race for Ireland in the same senior contest.


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That meeting follows the junior event which gets the long day of action underway and Ipswich are well-represented in the England ranks.

Richard Fellgett, who has already ridden for England last season, and the youngest rider in the England squad, Pierce Bacon, making his debut, will both be on show and hoping to steer England to victory.

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The event will see a hotly-contested meeting as national team managers look to assess riders ahead of the upcoming World Cup in August.

After the Home Nations junior and senior clashes, the racing moves onto the Celtic Cup.

And again there are junior and senior competitions.

This is a team event between Scotland, Wales and Ireland which will see team riding skills tested as Wales look to continue their recent domination of the event.

Whatever the outcome spectators are guaranteed a fast, frenetic, contact allowed, no-holds barred contest that is sure to be exciting.

It’s free entry at the Whitton Sports Centre track, with hot and cold food available.

Why not go along and support your local riders racing for their respective countries?

On Sunday Ipswich entertain Wednesfield in the Elite League at Whitton Sports Centre. Wednesfield are currently flying high at the top of the table, while Ipswich, who suffered a heavy defeat at Sheffield two weeks ago, will look to put in the type of performance that easily saw off Poole in their last home Elite League encounter. Ipswich are almost at full strength, while the midland Aces include multi-British champion Lee Aris among others. Racing starts at 2pm.

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