Speedway young guns set for Arlington meet

Josh Bates
Josh Bates

Stars in the making will be riding on Sunday (July 27) at Eastbourne Speedway’s Arlington circuit.

The home of the Lifestyle Eagles hosts the fourth round of this year’s British Youth Championships which will feature 36 riders and 40 heats of racing, including four finals.

Eastbourne Speedway is giving free admission to spectators and there will be no charge for car parking.

Some riders in this competition from a few years ago are already making their mark in senior speedway.

The top two in this year’s British Under 21 final, Josh Bates and Adam Ellis, are both former youth championship riders as were the quartet who represented Great Britain in the Under 21 world team cup – Ellis, Kyle Howarth, Jason Garrity and Robert Lambert.

In this year’s 500cc class, the two leaders will be at Arlington – Luke Harris on 48 points and Reece Downes on 40.

Also taking part will be Kelsey Dugard, son of the Master of Arlington, Martin Dugard.

Kelsey is on 24 points having missed one round.

Riders in the competition drop one round when it comes to totalling points for the championship.

Lewis Whitmore leads the 250cc class on 50 points with Luke Woodhull second on 37.

The two championship classes are backed by the 150cc “box” races and the 125cc class. These are classed as “support” events.

In the 150cc, Eastbourne regulars will watch out for Tom Brennan, who has been a regular in the junior matches which have just been completed at Arlington.

Organisers of the meeting promise quick-fire action from the youngsters who are straight up to the tapes and ready to race.

The meeting begins at 3.30pm and remember it is free admission.

See Tuesday’s Gazette for all the latest action from Arlington Stadium with full match report and pictures of the British Youth Championships.