Bordernapolis brings curtain down on season
The curtain will come down on the 2018 Berwick Speedway season this weekend with the staging of the Bordernapolis individual.
The event, which is being held at Shielfield on Saturday (September 29) is being sponsored by Kitson Windows of Berwick and Alnwick and starts at 7pm.
Five of the 2018 Bandits will be up for glory with only Dany Gappmaier and Theo Pijper missing out on the fun and games due to prior commitments.
Aaron Summers, skipper Kevin Doolan, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, David Howe and Jye Etheridge will all be in action, and they will be joined by a field which includes Australians Sam Masters and Josh Grajczonek, who now both ride in the Premiership, and will be among the favourites.
Also included in the line-up are three former Bandits – Matthew Wethers and Tero Arnion, now both with Newcastle, and Coty Garcia.
Jason Garrity, Kyle Howarth and Paul Starke, threee riders who all go well round Shielfield, will also be keen to make an impression,
Also included are Denmark’s Kasper Andersen, aged 20, who is in his debut British season with King’s Lynn and Sheffield, and Pole Rafal Konopka, who last rode in the UK with Redcar and Peterborough back in 2014/15.
There is also a new face to British racing in the shape of 19-year-old Lars Skupien, who lives in Fröndenberg, Germany, and races in Poland for Rybnik, with a match average of a little over five, and is pretty much an unknown quantity on these shores.
The event follows the current GP formula of 23 races but fans are asked to note that season tickets are not valid for this event.
Prices are £15 for adults, £11 concessions and, as ever, kids go free.
There’s also a wheelie competition, a mascot match-race, followed by the ‘wrap party’ at the Black and Gold to complete a full night’s entertainment.
Co-promoter Scott Courtney said: “The Bordernapolis is always a great way to close the season and from the field we have assembled this should be no exception.
“We have a mixture of youth and experience, a new face and, of course, some of the Berwick riders as well.
“All in all, 2018 has been a highly successful season for the club. We missed out on the play-offs by just one point and that represents great improvement on the previous year.
“If we had qualified for the play-offs it would have been a fairytale ending for us, but that’s the nature of sport, and not every team can be winners.
“However, that’s not to say I wasn’t disappointed, because I was – it was a bitter pull to swallow.
“We’ve made mega progress though, and everyone connected with the 2018 journey deserves to feel good about themselves.”
Courtney says it is now time to look to the future and says some changes may be on the horizon.
“Now it’s time to take stock and confer on how we move things forward,” he said.
“There’s no way possible I can keep up the same level of output as I have been doing since early 2016. The labour of love for our team in our home town takes its toll.
“My beautiful wife is scheduled to have back surgery for the second time and priorities need reined in for me. Shale will still fly, we’ll still be there, but it might look a little different.”