One Out One In For Racers.
Reading Racers Speedway team have moved to increase their options after struggling to track a full team so far this season. Kent rider Jamie Couzins hasn’t featured in the first four matches and has admitted that he is struggling to make any of the coming dates, after the Racers’ last minute switch to racing at Swindon meant a complete change in their fixture list. The team bosses have therefore jumped at the chance to add 18 year old Lewis Whitmore to the squad after he was released by National League team Cradley Heath last week. Whitmore, from Kings Lynn, has struggled for the Heathens although being programmed in their top five will not have made things easy for him. He is though determined to get back into the third tier and sees the Development League as the way to keep race fit while also putting himself in the shop window. Lewis took his first rides at the age of 12 at Scunthorpe and has been British 250cc Youth Champion as well as having experience racing Grass Track. He also rode NL for Buxton Hitmen last season, again spending much of the season in the top five. Emma Stevens and the rest of the Reading management team are now hoping to have more riders available from their squad of six, as so far they have used pool riders – riders who aren’t in a squad and are available to be used by teams who are short of riders - in each match. They wished Couzins the best of luck for the season – aside from struggling with dates, he has also been hampered by a wrist injury. The Racers are next in action on June 27th in a home match at Swindon’s Abbey Stadium against the Exeter Falcons, who sit level with them in the current Midland & Southern Development League table with two matches in hand, although they will have raced again before the teams meet on the 27th. 📷 Lewis Whitmore in action. By Ian Charles Photography.