After a few seasons away, Ben Hopwood will return to the Wightlink Warriors in 2018 for his fifth season riding for the club.
Ben, who last year rode at Kent in the National League and for Newcastle in the Championship, joins the Warriors with a 7.44 average.
Talking of his new team place Ben has said:
“I just want to start off by saying how thrilled I am to be coming back to the Island. It’s somewhere I’ve spent four years of my career and this will be my fifth year at the club, so that speaks for itself as to my thoughts of the club.
“Obviously, I’m sad to be leaving Kent as I really enjoyed myself there last year with their fans, promotion and sponsors but sometimes the numbers just don’t fit. I’m really excited to be joining the Warriors under their new promotion. I have only guested for them in the past but have nothing but good words for them with the work they are doing.
“Smallbrook is a track I know well and have had plenty of heat wins around plus I’ve got my old mechanic (who’s based on the island) back, which just sweetens the deal as we work well together. There isn’t anyone in the team who I don’t get along with, so I can only see good things coming in 2018 and I can’t wait to see you all trackside.”
There’s more good news for fans of the Warriors… the extremely popular Jamie Sealey is back with the Warriors speedway team in 2018.
Jamie, who is based close to Newbury, came through the Island’s ‘My First Skid’ speedway school and filled 1 of the 2 reserve berths in 2017. He will continue in one of those positions in 2018.
Talking of his return Jamie has said:
“I’m over the moon to be back and can’t thank the promotion enough for giving me another opportunity. My equipment is coming together nicely and I will be spending the winter training and practicing hard ready for the new season. I’m expecting more points from myself to help the team and repay the faith put in me by the promotion.”
Wightlink Warriors Co-promoter Barry Bishop added:
“Jamie was an instant hit last year with the fans. Circumstances dictated that he got thrown in the deep end at reserve and during the early meetings he was riding seven races at every meeting, however his enthusiasm never wavered and now, with continued support from Adam Portwood and close guidance from the rest of the team, I am sure that he will pick up where he left off at the end of last season and increase his average.
“With the low team building points limit of 39 now confirmed, Jamie really should improve his average and this is what the management will be looking for. Martin, Jackie and I are confident that Jamie will rise to the task ahead of him and make a claim for a spot in the main body of the team in 2018. Jamie has what it takes to do it and a character that everyone loves, so I am sure that the fans and our team will get right behind him.”