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Wednesday 16th October 2013
by Mike Hunter
Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund secretary Paul Ackroyd is delighted to announce that the sixth Ben Fund Bonanza meeting will be held at Leicester on Sunday 9th March 2014.
He is also announcing a change in format for the meeting. He said “It’s an excellent venue and location and we’ve been welcomed by the promoters.

“I also felt that the meeting needed a revamp after five seasons as a purely individual meeting, so this year influenced slightly by the ice events at Telford, I’m pleased to say that we will be presenting a team match between Team GB and the Rest of the World, followed by an individual competition.

“Phil Morris will be looking after the British lads, with full support from Neil Middleditch, and as we do every year we will be looking for sponsorship for the meeting over the winter.

“As well as the usual sponsorships of the meeting, the heats and riders I’m hoping that someone will fancy the chance to back Team GB on the night.”

Ackroyd added “It’s been another very busy year for the Ben Fund. Regrettably quite a few riders running into problems again, with Ricky Ashworth and Ashley Birks the most serious.

“The track collections have been really excellent this season and I’m confident the event at Leicester will also be well supported.”

Phil Morris, officially the assistant team manager of the British Team, is very happy to be helping the Ben Fund.

“The riders who have had help from the Ben Fund, it’s obviously a massive benefit for them, especially the seriously injured riders, but also those with lesser injuries. Over their career most riders will probably have some help from the Ben Fund. It’s a massive thing to have there behind you.”

Regarding the meeting format, Morris said “Paul rang me up and asked me what I thought of the idea of a team GB v Rest of the World match – did I think the riders would want it, would the fans go for it?

“I thought if we could get the event inscribed as a full Team GB match, then it would be great to give them a run out against the best opposition, good for team spirit and team bonding. It will definitely be a good part of the build up for the season.

“As far as the team on the day goes, we will be planning to pick the same team that we would if it was a Test match against Poland for example. Obviously Tai will be number one, then we pick the strongest team we can put out.

“Paul tells me that the opposition will be a very strong team and our side will be very keen to get a win against them.

“I think it’s a great choice of venue, I’ve been there a few times. We had a Leicester v Birmingham challenge at one time. It’s a lovely setup, a good part of the country and a purpose built stadium. It’s a good stage to put the event on. It’s clean and smart, what you would call a modern stadium.”
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