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Tapes go up on new speedway season

Stoke Potters finally get their season underway with the Pride of the Potteries individual meeting at Loomer Road on Saturday night, 7pm.

Sixteen riders will compete over 20-heats for the title with Championship riders Josh Bates and former Potter Ben Barker being amongst the favourites as will another former Stoke rider in Max Clegg, who has started his campaign well with the Newcastle Diamonds in the Championship.

Clegg was rider of the year for the Potters last season and was virtually unbeatable in the closing stages of the season and will be another contender along with the likes of Ellis Perks who rides the Loomer Road track well, as does late replacement Joe Lawlor who is currently unattached and looking for a team for the new season and can be a real spoiler on his day as can be Cheshire based Jack Smith.

New home skipper Tom Perry will also be a strong contender for the Potters as is new signing Connor Coles who on his last visit to the Chesterton circuit romped to a maximum while guesting for the club.

Riding order: Josh Bates (Leicester), Jack Smith (Redcar), Joe Lawlor (Unattached), Corban Pavitt (Stoke), Tom Woolley (Unattached), Max Clegg (Newcastle/Cradley), Ellis Perks (Leicester), Joe Alcock (Stoke), Arran Butcher (Unattached), Tom Perry (Stoke), Shelby Rutherford (Stoke), Connor Coles (Stoke), Ben Barker (Redcar), William O’Keefe (Unattached), David Walinger (Mildenhall), Luke Priest (Stoke).

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