Eastbourne Speedway aim to beat the weather and the Kent Kings over the Easter weekend to get the club’s 2018 season under way. The Forman IT Eagles were scheduled to start racing last weekend but that meeting was called off because the track was unfit. The ‘Beast from the East’ brought snow and frost which came on top of a surface already churned up by winter stock car racing.

The home season is due to start on Saturday (March 31) with the Easter Chase against Kent. The first leg which was due to take place on Good Friday at Kent’s Central Park stadium at Sittingbourne is off because of the bad weather. Forman IT Eagles team manager, Connor Dugard, commented: “Everyone is champing at the bit to get racing. “We will be aiming to go one better than we have in the last three seasons and that’s to convert those second place league finishes in 2015, 2016, 2017 into the title this year.”

Dugard said any match against Kent was always fiercely contested. “There’s a lot of history between the Eagles and speedway clubs in Kent, going back decades. “They really are the ‘old enemy’ and fans of both clubs are desperate to see their team win. “Our riders want to make sure it is the Arlington Army who are smiling come Saturday night.”

Club chairman Martin Dugard said the stadium staff had done a “fantastic job” to get the track back and ready to race. “It wasn’t fit last Saturday, even though the weather was not as bad as forecast. “However, the work that has been going on over the last ten days has turned things around. “I was there early on Tuesday morning and was surprised to see how much rain there had been overnight. However, everything was draining nicely, which is what we need,” he said.

First race at Eastbourne on Saturday night will start at 7.30pm, with the parade at 7.20pm. Gates open at 6pm.

After the meeting, there will be a fans’ forum in the clubhouse for supporters to question the club’s riders and management.


Eastbourne: Mark Baseby, Kelsey Dugard, Tom Brennan, Charley Powell, Georgie Wood, Charlie Brooks, Jason Edwards.
Kent: Luke Bowen, Anders Rowe, Nathan Stoneman, Taylor Hampshire, Jack Thomas, Alex Spooner, Jacob Clouting.

Paul Watson