• Gene Carter

Racers Head Into Their Next Away Match.

Reading Racers head into their next Midland and Southern Development League match with a line up that is somewhat unfamiliar - although more familiar than it looks on first sight.

They head to Pymouth's renamed Coliseum to face the Exeter Falcons with just one squad member available. And in a league where riders are not even covering expenses and only race in the hope of making it big in the future, it's a venue that is notoriously difficult to find riders to travel to owing to the long journey for just about everyone.

With 2 of the Reading team abroad, 2 committed to work and Sam Norris so badly injured, William O'Keefe is the lone official Racer to take his place in the team. Ironically, after being dropped from the squad just a couple of weeks ago due to his continued unavailability, ex Racer Jamie Bursill has agreed to ride as he is at the venue already, being a member of the Plymouth team and racing in the preceding meeting against Kent Kings. Pool rider Russell Barnett also rides, having been in regular contact with the Racers bosses over the the last two years, always stressing his willingness to step in for them.

And after finding nobody else willing to make the trip solely for 3 rides, the Racers contacted Jacob Clouting, who will also be in the main match as Kent's reserve. The 19 year old readily agreed to save the day, and in fact he was almost in the Racers squad this season after talks earlier in the year before deciding Weymouth's racenights suited him better.

The assembled team will go into the match with Emma Stevens in charge, hoping to avenge the defeat inflicted by Exeter just last week, with the Falcons vying to go back to the top of the league.

Exeter: 1. Adam Sheppard, 2. Kris Andrews, 3. Saul Bulley, 4. Kai Ward.

Reading: 1. Jamie Bursill, 2. Russell Barnett, 3. William O'keefe, 4. Jacob Clouting.

Report by Gene Carter Pics: William O'Keefe at the start line by Andy Griffin and Jamie Bursill by Tony Bursill.

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