Quantock splash the cash to land GP
Reward for increasing the capacity of their Coleridge Way stadium from under 15,000 to 33,250 in just a year is the hosting of the SL18 British Grand Prix, Quantock named the venue for this years showpiece after a massive investment made by their promoter Nick Howard paid it’s first divided. It’s the second time the Rangers will host the event, home track rider Espen Berntsen the winner of the inaugural meeting back in SL14, this year world number two Wlod Szczpanski will be hoping that his knowledge of the circuit will provide a boost to his World Championship ambitions. Last years GP hosts Merseyside have to settle for the Division One Championship this time around, while Don Valley’s DVSA Arena—the biggest purpose built speedway venue in the country—will host one of the final two qualifying rounds for this years GP series. Other big winners in the allocation made this week include Altricham (World Championship 2nd round) and Southampton (British Final). The first piece of club silverware will be awarded at California, hosts of the Pairs final next month, their own Luke Miller and Marko Weckstrom could spring a surprise in that, if they can qualify. On the track this week there was a Don Valley 1-2 in the British Under 19 Final, 17 year old Jacob Brady topping the standings at Exeter with a maximum 15, he finishing a point clear of Joseph Williamson, with the pair—signed from Manor last season for a combined £300,000 fee—now going on to represent the UK in next months WU19 Final. Don Valley were also one of three teams—along with Southampton and Sankey—to go through pre-season with a 100% winning record.