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Coventry Cycle Speedway Club set to apply to compete at Elite League level in 2016

Steve Carpenter 22nd Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY Cycle Speedway club will officially apply to compete in the 2016 Elite League, just days before the deadline of Friday (October 23).

The news comes after the club raced their final meeting of the 2015 season – suffering defeat at Wednesfield, ironically, the current Elite League Champions.

If successful, the move would be the biggest in Coventry’s history and would attract world class riders from across the globe – highlighting the boom the sport has seen in the city since the club was reformed, after six years in the unknown, in 2011.

The ‘Devlins Newsagents’ sponsored side conceded nine points to the Aces in each half of the meeting, however there were positives taken as youngster Ollie Morris secured his first Midland League Division 1 heat win.

Teenagers Josh Marsh, Daniel Drewett, Matt Hambidge and Mason Phillips also totaled double figure scores whilst girl racer Sammie Marsh made her first senior team apperance.

The absense of heat leader Myke Grimes certainly didn’t help Coventry as the much stronger Wednesfield side wrapped up victory with two races remaining.

2015 was the fourth year the club has been in operation and also the year where they welcomed Australia as they tackled Team GB in the third and final Ashes Test Match – eventually won by GB in sensational style.

Over 1,500 people crammed around the Hearsall Common ‘Bowl’ to witness a free night of fast paced, brakeless and full contact racing action.

Team GB and Coventry racer, Myke Grimes, said: “It’s been a fantastic season and our youngsters have improved a tremendous amount – the club has took a massive step forward this year.

“From March they’ve improved week by week and some of them have even competed in their respective British Championships.”

For more information on the club, including on how to get involved, visit www.coventrycyclespeedway.co.uk

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