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Bank Holiday Joust for The Racers

Reading race the first of 3 matches inside a week on Monday when they take on Milton Keynes at their adopted home Swindon.

The Midland and Southern Development League match will be followed on Thursday by another league encounter against Carmarthen, again at the Abbey Stadium. Then on Sunday the Racers will take a team to Mildenhall for a challenge match after the Tigers' National League meeting with Belle Vue Colts.

The Bank Holiday Monday affair is also Swindon's 70th anniversary meeting as they race against Ipswich in the Premier League. There's going to be a party atmosphere with the Robins' bosses allowing the Racers to join in their celebrations. Riders from both teams will be available before the racing for autographs and photos, and there will be Racers merchandise available to buy or order.

Also there is a guest of honour on Monday as Sam Norris makes his first visit since his horrific crash at Glasgow in June, when he suffered life threatening brain injuries. The 15 year old has confounded doctors and experts in the field with the speed of his recovery and he is already planning to race again some time next year.

On the team front Reading's three regulars Nick Laurence, William O'keefe and Rhys Laker are joined by 15 year old Eli Meadows as he makes his 3rd appearance for the team, after showing an impressive attitude and keenness to race.

MK Knights scored their first win of the season last week against Weymouth but the Racers will be hoping to claim another 2 points in what has been a disappointing season results wise, but has seen the discovery of Norris, and the chance to give the likes of Meadows some valuable race experience.

Monday's teams:

Reading Racers; 1. Nick Laurence (c), 2. Rhys Laker, 3. William O'keefe, 4. Eli Meadows.

Milton Keynes "Martin Dickens Racing" Knights; 1. Luke Muff, 2. Craig Osborne, 3. Stephen Whitehouse, 4. James Spencer.

📸 Monday's Racers team and Nick Laurence.

Report and pics by Gene Carter.

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