• Gene Carter


Reading Racers roar back into action this Bank Holiday Monday when they entertain the Weymouth Wildcats at Swindon's Abbey Stadium.

Both teams look for their first win of the season, although the visiting team have a draw under their belts from their only outing while the Racers have lost both of their matches.

Reading captain Nick Laurence will be looking for a return to form after struggling at Birmingham almost a month ago. He is joined by the impressive 15 year old Sam Norris, fresh from a win in the latest round of the British Lions 250cc class at Ipswich, while Rhys Laker looks for some further improvement as he strives to make his mark in the Development League.

The Racers' issues with rider availability continue with Jamie Bursill on the injured list and both Kieran Douglas and Jamie Couzins unavailable. Couzins particularly has admitted that he is struggling to fit in the team's revised fixture list after they switched from Eastbourne to Swindon. Reading therefore dip into the unattached rider pool and bring in former Racer William O'keefe once again, as he looks to reverse his recent struggles and impress any National League team bosses that may be looking on.

The Wildcats are led by the in form James Laker, while James Jessop make his first appearance of 2019. 15 year old Sam Peters and Weymouth's first female rider Cesca Kirtley-Paine make up the team.

The Racers v Wildcats match will take place after the Premiership contest between Swindon and League Champions Poole Pirates, with the Reading management hoping that a high percentage of fans will stay on and support them as they did for their first match last month.

Monday's teams;

Reading Racers 1. Nick Laurence (c), 2. Sam Norris, 3. William O'keefe, 4. Rhys Laker.

Weymouth Wildcats

1. James Laker, 2 Sam Peters, 3 James Jessop, 4. Cesca Kirtley-Paine.

Pics. Sam Norris and Rhys Laker.

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