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Speedway: Late change for Lakeside Hammers

PUBLISHED: 18:31 26 January 2018

Alfie Bowtell of Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell/CameraSport)

Alfie Bowtell of Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell/CameraSport)

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Lakeside Hammers have announced that they have been forced into a late team change on the eve of the 2018 speedway season.

Max Clegg has been released from their original line-up, with Alfie Bowtell brought back into the side after impressing last season.

A club statement said: “The club have been advised that the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB) have deleted regulations which allowed Ben Morley and Zach Wajtknecht to ride on their 2016 averages.

“This is a bitterly disappointing situation as the club secured approval for the use of these averages in writing from the British Speedway Promoters’ Association in November.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have now released Max Clegg and we sincerely hope he secures a team place elsewhere as soon as possible.

“In the meantime we have invited Max to our pre-season training and he will also ride in the Lee Richardson memorial meeting to launch our season.

“After much consideration the Hammers will now include local lad Alfie Bowtell, a firm favourite with supporters who went close to securing the Rider of the Year award in 2017.”

The inclusion of Bowtell means that three of the team from the National League side will now be riding at the higher level in the Championship.

Lakeside Hammers have said they will be making no further comment about the changes at this time and will pursue the matter behind the closed doors of the ACU.

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