Witches will use rider replacement

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches will use the rider replacement facility for injured skipper Chris Louis against Poole at Foxhall Stadium on Monday.A summit meeting between promoter John Louis, rider manager Chris Louis, team manager Pete Simmons and general manager Mike Smillie decided that there was not any available riders around who could come into the team and score more than the rider replacement facility would accrue.

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IPSWICH Evening Star Witches will use the rider replacement facility for injured skipper Chris Louis against Poole at Foxhall Stadium on Monday.

A summit meeting between promoter John Louis, rider manager Chris Louis, team manager Pete Simmons and general manager Mike Smillie decided that there was not any available riders around who could come into the team and score more than the rider replacement facility would accrue.

Simmons said: “We will continue to actively seek a suitable rider, and if one becomes available we will re-declare our one to seven. But in the meanwhile we will give our riders an extra ride.”


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The Witches have to switch their riding order round against the Pirates with Jarek Hampel at one, Tobi Kroner two, Piotr Swiderski three, R/R at four, Robert Miskowiak five, and Steve Johnston and Chris Schramm in the reserve berths.

“Steve finished marginally below Tobi and Robert in the current averages,” confirmed Simmons. “He has said that he will willingly ride seven races a meeting for us if necessary, and he proved a trump card for Coventry at the back end of last season.”

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Ipswich's last meeting was on May 22 and unless they can find a team willing to visit Foxhall Stadium on Thursday, June 19, they will not ride after Monday for a further fortnight until they visit Belle Vue on June 23.

Wolverhampton have been approached to bring their visit to Suffolk forward.

With Johnston riding in Sweden last night all the Witches have been in continental action this week apart from Schramm who is planning to get some practice in at Sittingbourne this weekend.

Children aged 15 and under will be allowed in free for Monday's meeting against Poole whether accompanied by a paying adult or not.

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