Fans due back - Bandits on track

Berwick Speedway will welcome spectators back for the first time since 2019 when the Bandits and Bullets go racing this weekend.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 11:22 am
Updated Monday, 17th May 2021, 11:22 am
Bandits' skipper Aaron Summers.

The Bandits competing in the Championship, will take on Birmingham Brummies, with the Bullets, in the National League, facing Belle Vue Colts.

To enable the club to fit 30 races into the night before their regular 9.30pm curfew, racing will now start at 6.30pm for double header meetings.

“This is something we have been working towards for some time and it will be great to welcome the supporters back,” said co-owner and promoter Jamie Courtney.

But with new government restrictions in place due to COVID-19, there will be a number of new guidelines which supporters, and the club, must adhere to.

Tickets for the meeting are now on sale online via the club website at - there will be no admittance by paying at the gate.

Fans will be issued with an e-ticket which they can either print off or download to their mobile to present at the turnstile.

“This is something all clubs are having to adapt to,” said Courtney, “but we are confident the fans will accept this need for change and embrace the new system.”

Gates will open earlier - at 3.30pm - social distancing must be observed and face masks must be worn at all times in the stadium.

At the end of the meeting fans will also be asked to leave the stadium in a staggered formation.

“I know it’s a lot to take in,” said Courtney, “but the world has changed over the past year or so and if we want to see speedway then this is what we must do.”

Full details on all the guidelines, plus how to purchase e-tickets are now available on the club website.

The Bandits took to the track at Shielfield for their official press and practice on Saturday, but due to restrictions on international travel, Coty Garcia from Argentina and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen from Denmark were unavailable. The club will monitor the situation during the week before making a final decision on team selection for the match against Birmingham, which will be followed by the Bullets’ fixture.