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ISLANDERS BATTLE AT UNDER-21 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Three of the new-look 2013 Wightlink Islanders are amongst the sixteen riders who’ll be vying for this year’s British Under 21 Speedway Championship tonight (Tuesday) in the final being staged at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green circuit, and each of them is very much in the ‘in it to win it’ frame of mind.

New Islanders No.1 Tom Perry was amongst those automatically seeded through to the final on the Monmore Green circuit and is joined by team mates Danny Stoneman and Darryl Ritchings, both of whom won through to it from last month’s rain curtailed semi-final at Plymouth.

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In that semi-final only sixteen of the scheduled twenty races were able to be staged and when a halt was called, our dynamic duo had joint top scored on ten points with Coventry’s Oliver Greenwood who’s ruled out of tonight’s event after breaking his wrist in a crash at Newcastle on Sunday.

That means a call up to one of the two reserve positions for a fourth Wightlink Islander Adam Ellis who, whilst not wishing bad fortune on any other rider, might yet find himself riding in the meeting too.

He’ll have to wait to see if that comes about but looking at the prospects of his Isle of Wight three team mates who are definitely riding, co-promoter Chris Hunt firmly believes that each of the trio are capable of winning on the night but refused to be drawn as to which of the three he really thinks has the best chance of all.

“Ideally I’d love to see them finish first, second and third in the meeting,” he quipped, “and I don’t really care in what order they do so but I suppose that might be a little too much to ask!

“There’s thirteen other of the UK’s top young riders also gunning for the prestigious Under 21 title in the sixteen rider line up so each of our trio know that they’re going to have to ride out of their skins on the night if they’re to come out on top but each of them wants to do just that so I’m wishing each of them well as, I’m sure, our fans are.

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“If one of our three does win on the night up there in the Black Country to become the new British Under 21 Champion, well what a brilliant start to our season that would be!”

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