Thursday July 13, 2017
'CASES' Somerset Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock is anticipating a thrilling battle in the SGB Championship Pairs at the Oaktree Arena on July 21.

Line-ups have been declared for the traditional pre-British Grand Prix major event, which always attracts a big crowd at the start of a massive speedway weekend.

All ten Championship clubs compete in the meeting, and several of Somerset’s regular SGB Premiership riders are involved as they represent their second-tier clubs; Sheffield’s Josh Grajczonek is a double previous winner of the event, having triumphed with Somerset in 2013 and 2016 prior to the Rebels’ elevation to SGB Premiership level.

Meanwhile Edinburgh’s Sam Masters and Danny King of Ipswich will be looking to repeat their victories of 2014 and 2015 respectively, although they will have different partners on this occasion.

Along with Grajczonek, other current Rebels riders in the line-up are Glasgow’s Richard Lawson, Scunthorpe duo Michael Palm Toft and Lewis Kerr, and Redcar’s Charles Wright.

Hancock said: “When Somerset went up a league and it was decided at the AGM that the Championship Pairs would continue its reign here at Somerset we could not be happier to host it, just a stone’s throw from Cardiff, and for me, it does seem right.

“The big concern was if the Somerset fans would still turn out. We need not worry as the line-up will actually have several Somerset team members within various pairs as they ride for their Championship clubs.

“The line-up for me is one of the best it has ever been. All ten clubs in the league are represented. We have three of the top British Finalists within this meeting and some of the pairings are mouth-watering.”

Group A:
GLASGOW: Richard Lawson & Aaron Summers
PETERBOROUGH: Chris Harris & Jack Holder
IPSWICH: Danny King & Rory Schlein
WORKINGTON: Thomas Jorgensen & Ty Proctor
SCUNTHORPE: Michael Palm Toft & Lewis Kerr

Group B:
EDINBURGH: Sam Masters & Erik Riss
NEWCASTLE: Robert Lambert & Steve Worrall
SHEFFIELD: Josh Grajczonek & Kyle Howarth
REDCAR: Charles Wright & Ben Barker
BERWICK: Nick Morris & David Howe

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