Speedway goes back to the future

Sheffield Tigers
Sheffield Tigers

Sheffield will roll back the years when they race at Scunthorpe in the first leg of the Retro Cup tomorrow (3pm).

The rivals will race under the old 13-heat format which was popular in the 70s when the sport was the second biggest spectator sport in the UK. And there will be no tactical rides where a racer can win double –points. The old tactical substitution, where a ride can come in when his team is six adrift, will apply.

Sheffield boss David Hoggart said: “It will be good to go back to the old system and see how it works out.

“It’s something of an added twist and there will be a second half after the 13 heats where the riders will battle for an old fashioned rider of the night trophy!

“Unfortunately we haven’t got a lot of racing left now and this could well be the penultimate time the Sheffield team comes together in what can only be described as a nightmare season.

“We have the return leg at Owlerton on September 26 and that may yet be our last action of the season.

“We want to go there and enjoy the day and I’m sure some of our supporters will be making the trip too. It was a massive disappointment on Thursday night when we raced Somerset, the weather ruined it so hopefully we will have better luck tomorrow.”

Former Tigers man Hugh Skidmore makes a guest appearance for the meeting and fellow Australian Damien Koppe will return in the reserve berth.

SCUNTHORPE: Josh Auty, David Howe R/R, Nicolai Klindt, Ashley Birks, Thomas Jørgensen, Ryan Douglas, Lewis Blackbird.

SHEFFIELD: Hugh Skidmore, Andre Compton, Ricky Wells, Danny Maassen, Adam Roynon R/R, Damien Koppe, Facundo Albin.