Youngsters to take centre stage at Shielfield

The attention will focus on youth at Berwick speedway this weekend when the club stages a Stars of Tomorrow meeting on Saturday.

Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 09:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 10:07 am

And as an added bonus, there will be a 125cc championship event, which has full ACU accreditation.

The Stars of Tomorrow is an event which dates back to the early days of the sport at Shielfield Park, with past winners including the likes of Rob Grant, who went on to become club captain.

This year it is being organised by Berwick team manager Scott Courtney, junior boss Gary Flint and club stalwart Dennis McCleary.

It is being sponsored by Minibike Champs, a brand owned by Courtney’s younger brother, Jamie.

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Riders taking part this year include:

Danny Ayres, Dan Bewley, Kevin Whelan, Luke Ruddick, Shelby Rutherford, Lee Payne, Mitch Davey, Rob Shuttleworth, Ryan Burton, Connor Coles, Jye Etheridge, Ryan McDonald, Stefan Farnaby Joe Lawlor, Chris Widman and Berwick’s own Liam Carr, who will start as one of the favourites.

The 125cc final will feature Joe Thompson , Dan Thompson, Harry McGurk, Jordan Palin, Mickie Simpson, Sam McGurk, Corbin Pavitt and (representing Berwick’s NJL Border Raiders) tiny nine-year-old Luke Harrison.

Neil Vatcher, the GB U21 coach, said: “In recent years we have run the event with 12 riders, but this year we have two extra rounds of the British Youth Championship of which the 125cc has been run as a support class, so there are plenty of meetings at which riders can compete.

“It would be fair to say the eight riders who will compete at Berwick for the British title are the top eight from the rounds that have been completed this year.

“The Young Lions would like to thank the Berwick promotion for agreeing to host the Final, and the BSPA for their support.”

With an extended programme of 27 races, it has been decided to start the meeting at 6.45pm, which is 15 minutes earlier than the normal 7pm.