Island speedway bosses Barry Bishop and Martin Widman have announced that they intend to enter a team in the Southern Development League (SDL) next season.
The team name will be Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Wizards and this venture will be in addition to the activities of the Wightlink Warriors in the National League.
Those who have been supporting speedway on the Isle of Wight since its launch in 1996 will recall the name of The Isle of Wight Wizards from the very first speedway season, so it probably comes as no surprise that Wizards is the name chosen for the Island’s latest speedway team.
The side will be made up of riders from the Isle of Wight who have come through the My First Skid Speedway (MFS) school. SDL teams consist of 4 riders with matches taking place over 6 heats. The Wizards matches will take place as part of the Warriors normal race night.
In 2017 a total of 5 teams contested the SDL – Plymouth, Kent, Reading (based at Eastbourne), Exeter (based at Somerset) and Weymouth (based at Plymouth).
Wightlink Warriors’ Co-Promoter Martin Widman says:
“This is going to be a new era for the club as we look to increase rider development and education as well as improving the product of race day. We watched last year’s SDL with interest and wanted to give our My First Skid students the next step in their development to hopefully taking a spot in the ‘Wightlink’ Warriors team. I cannot wait for this to start and to see the ‘Wightlink’ Wizards out on track.”
Fellow Co-promoter Barry Bishop adds:
“We are all so proud to use the name ‘Wightlink’ Wizards for our SDL team and probably even more so as it was the first team name used on the Island. In fact I was once a Wizard back in 1996, so I am extra proud to be part of it again.
“The ‘Wightlink’ Wizards will offer MFS students the chance to develop their race skills with a view to gaining a place in the Warriors line up. However, for me the most important thing of all is Martin and I have kept our promise to the Island. When we took on the Warriors, we made a commitment to the people of the Island to find riders from the island and the Wizards will enable us to watch Island riders develop as a team and as individuals with the aim of progressing to the National League standard of racing.
“It’s very exciting and I cannot wait to introduce you to them and for you to be part of their speedway development.
“Anyone who would like to get involved with the Wizards and help them progress or sponsor the side, please do get in touch via [email protected]“.