• Gene Carter

Racers Make Second Change.

Reading Racers have moved to make another change to their squad, bringing in William O'Keefe, who was a part of their league winning team in 2017, in place of Jamie Bursill.

Bursill, who was a 2018 regular for the Racers, is in the Plymouth Gladiators NL team this season, but has admitted to Racers chief Emma Stevens that he is unlikely to be able to ride for them despite being desperate to help out the team.

At the start of the year Jamie felt that he would be able to fit in appearances for Reading alongside his other commitments but the fixture list has dictated otherwise with the majority of the club's dates falling either side of a Plymouth match, making the combined travelling and machine maintenance an awkward proposition.

With the recent injuries suffered by Racers' young star Sam Norris, some might expect that O'Keefe would replace the 15 year old but Ms Stevens and colleague Andy Griffin revealed that after discussions with their team managers, it was decided that the Cambridge teenager would remain in the squad, at least in the short term.

18 year old O'Keefe has National League experience with Plymouth, Stoke and Kent over the last 2 years but has found himself without 3rd tier racing this season. After a few guest bookings he decided to accept Reading's offer of a squad place, and becomes another Racer looking for a return to the upper leagues.

He will make his first official appearance for his new team on Thursday when the Racers face Exeter Falcons at Swindon, after the Robins' Premier League match against King's Lynn.

Report: Gene Carter. Pics: Andy Griffin.






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