Richard Hudson’s Speedway World: Eagles reach top gear in move to bring in new rider

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Moves to bring in a new rider to the Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles team slipped into top gear this week.

The recruiting ground appears to be Poland but club officials have not ruled out bringing in a suitable Scandinavian, if available.

At the moment, there is no word on who would make way but speculation seems to be centre on Adam Shields. The Australian has not made the impact expected and although Eastbourne were prepared to give him time to ‘get it right’, the end of the line appears to be fast approaching.

However, finding a replacement is not that easy. The club has already been turned down by Pole Tomasz Jedrzejak, who was not prepared to change his calendar to ride in England.

Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said: “It is difficult to find riders at this stage of the season, particularly for Eastbourne as we are a Saturday track.

“Riders have their programmes fixed and do not wish to disturb their arrangements. However, we will continue to work hard this week to explore all options available to us.”

I put together a long list of potential recruits together earlier this week and you can come up with

come up with some impressive names, considering that the Eagles have around seven points to play with.

That figure could bring in a real top-flight rider who would transform the Arlington outfit. But, as always we go back to the problem of whether the rider wants to come to the UK and whether they (and their Polish club) can fit it all in.

It may be – thinking in the long term – better for Eagles to take a punt on something of an unknown rider in the hope of unearthing a real find. I had one or two of those on my list.

Saturday saw the Eagles secured a thrilling win over Coventry at Arlington. The match was finely balanced until the final three races when the Eagles hit the front in impressive style. The track was ‘tricky’ but boy did it make for some exciting racing; just the job on a cool spring evening.

The 51-39 win near enough reversed the scoreline from the reverse fixture the night before, when Eastbourne went down 52-38 at Coventry. Fortunes in Saturday’s match swung both ways until heat 12 with both teams taking turns to be in front.

The decisive moment came in heat 13 when Bjarne Pedersen and Cameron Woodward defeated the Coventry top two. That put clear water between the teams and when Simon Gustafsson and Lukas Dryml repeated the 5-1 medicine in heat 14 the match was won.