Flint third in Euro U19's semi-final
It’s been a busy and progressive week in the career of Berwick’s own Leon Flint.
The teenager, who has made a good start to the season with the Bandits and the Bullets, and who has also picked up lots of guest bookings as well as riding in Poland, has agreed a deal to ride with Wolverhampton in the Premiership and was due to make his debut on Monday.
And on Saturday he rode in the Czech Republic in the European U19 Championship semi-finals where he finished third on the podium.
Flint joins Wolves as a replacement for Tom Bacon who last week announced his retirement from the sport.
He will still ride for the Bandits in the Championship but not be allowed to race for the Bullets in the National League as well - Berwick have now signed up Luke Crang as his replacement to race in the third tier.
Wolves boss Chris Van Straaten said: “Our club captain (Rory Schlein) has worked with Leon a lot over the past couple of years on various training programmes and he couldn’t have spoken more highly of him. We are looking forward to seeing how he develops his game further with us.”
Flint said: “I’m very excited and don’t think I could have landed myself a better spot.”
On Saturday Flint was one of four British riders who rode at Divisov in the Czech Republic in the Euro U19s semi-finals, where he finished third, qualifying for the Final alongside Drew Kemp, who was second and Jordan Palin, who was fourth. The Final will be held in Latvia.
Meanwhile, the Bandits’ home meeting against Championship leaders Glasgow Tigers on Saturday was postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The team now hope to get back on track this weekend when they take on local rivals Newcastle Diamonds at Shielfield on Saturday. Tickets for the match are available online.
Of Crang’s return to speedway with the Bullets, team manager Gary Flint said: “Luke has been working behind the scenes with us all season and has been getting plenty of track time. His talent is unquestionable and he has found his love for the sport once again. Like Greg Blair he was lost to the sport at a young age, but he is back and we can’t wait to see him fulfil his potential.”