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First riders announced for Glasgow
Wednesday 25th January 2017
by Mike Hunter
Ben Fund Bonanza organiser Paul Ackroyd has revealed the first of the names for the ninth staging of the Ben Fund Bonanza at Glasgow on Sunday 12th March.
They represent the best of talent from nearby clubs so should ensure a good turnout of travelling fans from these teams.

Glasgow's heat leader trio of Richard Lawson, Aaron Summers and Richie Worrall will all be competing, and Nike Lunna is likely to line up as reserve.

Former Tigers Ben Barker and James Sarjeant will be there, and of course in the case of Barker, he is the only rider to have competed in all eight of the previous events (winning it at Birmingham in 2012).

Berwick Bandits will be represented by Kevin Doolan, Claus Vissing and Lewis Bridger, Newcastle by Stevie Worrall and Workington have two so far - Thomas Jorgensen and Ty Proctor.

Edinburgh will have someone in the field for sure, their men have still to be contacted, and it is certainly the intention that at least a couple of Grand Prix riders will be racing.

Ackroyd said "I've invited several of the top riders and I'm hoping to have their answers very soon. They tend to have more commitments to work around."

Tigers' Richie Worrall will be competing in his fourth Bonanza, having raced in 2013, 2014 and 2016. He was quick to volunteer his services for what will be a home event this time.

Richie said "As soon as I saw it was at Glasgow I asked to be in the meeting.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for Glasgow. In my opinion it's a brilliant race track, and spectator-wise it's well laid out for watching. So I think it will be a good event.

"It's for a good cause - for a couple of years now I've not had to call on the Ben Fund though it did help me out a few years ago. I think I've only missed one of the Bonanza meetings since I started riding in them. I'm more than happy to help out the Ben Fund whenever I can.

"The GP guys have a really busy schedule and I definitely wouldn't hold it against them if they can't make it, and I hope no-one else would because their schedules are hectic. But if one or two can make an appearance, especially those based in the UK, then it will help bring more through that door."

Not surprisingly Richie is looking forward to a successful campaign with his Championship team. "I'd like to hope so, in my eyes we have a fantastic team but you look across the board at others and they are good too. We've again used a lot of the numbers at the top of the team and not left much for the tail end, but we do have riders at the tail who are more than capable. So it's going to be exciting."

For travelling fans, there will be two local hotels offering deals in association with the event, at £60 for a room for two.

They are the Premier Inns at 279 Milngavie Road, Bearsden G61 3DQ (0141 931 9100) and 103 Main Street, Milngavie G62 6JQ (0141 611 7944).

Colin Mackie is hoping to organise a social event the night before the meeting.

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