Saturday May 30, 2020
WOLVERHAMPTON owner Chris Van Straaten has thrown his weight behind suggestions Premiership clubs will be allowed to name an unchanged team next year.

Clubs have been in regular dialogue over the prospects for racing this season and several bosses would like to have the option of tracking the same 1-7 in 2021 with a shortened season at best this year.

Plans are in place with a new fixture list from August in British Speedway’s own version of ‘Project Restart’ – but it is reliant on crowds of some sort being allowed into venues.

“To a lot of people some of the suggestions may sound simple,” Van Straaten said.

“But in the sport of Speedway a lot of things have to be taken into consideration before a decision is reached.

“I remain hopeful that we will see some league racing from August and if necessary and required then an extension into November has been granted.

“Obviously that’s not ideal because we know what the British weather can be like in November but it’s a plus to have that extension in place should we need it.

“I was very encouraged and impressed actually to hear that rider averages wouldn’t change should we get on track this year.

“That would enable all clubs to start the 2021 season with the same seven riders and to me that would make perfect sense to do that.”

Meanwhile plans will be announced this weekend for Parrys International Wolves to produce a fortnightly souvenir programme through June and July to give fans some reading material. It will be on sale from curtis-sport.com and will include rider interviews, boss Peter Adams, historian Mark Sawbridge and several columns from leading writers.

The club are also showcasing their 90th anniversary meeting against Poole from 2018 on facebook and youtube tonight (Saturday).

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