In addition to a full programme of National League speedway, supporters of the sport on the Isle of Wight will be delighted to hear that the Wightlink Wizards are ‘good to go’ when the racing season starts in April.
In an unexpected change, the Midland and Southern Development Leagues have amalgamated to form one competition in 2019. Joining the Wizards as definite starters this year will be Birmingham Bulls, Carmarthen Dragons (based at Stoke), Milton Keynes Knights (based at Birmingham), Plymouth and Reading Racers (based at Eastbourne).
There is also the possibility of Weymouth Wildcats coming to tapes if they can secure a home base.
Clubs will be nominating squads of 6 riders and will meet once home and away over the traditional 6 heat format with the title being decided on league points.
Warriors co-promoter Barry Bishop said:
“Last year we introduced our fans to the Wizards and they were warmly welcomed by everybody. These mainly inexperienced riders gained valuable track time in a competitive racing environment and they were a credit to our club.
“Through My First Skid and the Development League I believe we have the building blocks to help young riders aspire to a place in the Warriors National League team. Whilst the restructure of the competition was unpredicted, it does make sense given the number of teams and the nomadic nature of some of them.
“We now have to sit down as a management team and decide on who will be in the Wizards squad – that will be no easy task as we have several contenders, many of whom have been practising and improving regularly throughout the winter”.