Sunday May 16, 2021
WOLVERHAMPTON will open their doors to speedway for the first time in over 500 days on Monday – with a restricted attendance.

The club are hosting an individual event thanking the NHS for their work during the pandemic with every member of the 2021 side in action.

And they have also added British Final runner-up Richard Lawson of Eastbourne to the field alongside Birmingham duo Chris Harris and Ashley Morris, Peterborough’s Michael Palm Toft and former Cradley favourite Nathan Greaves.

Parrys International Wolves owner Chris Van Straaten has been working overtime to make the event possible with less than 1,000 fans able to attend.

And he admits it will be a different experience and is urging every supporter to be patient and understanding in the new situation.

“It will feel different at first I’m sure about that,” he said. “It may take a little longer to get into the stadium and there are bound to be teething troubles, but we’ll get there.

“It may need a bit of patience but when the tapes go up on that first race it’s going to be a pretty special feeling I’m certain of that.

“It’s a great opportunity for our boys to get some vital laps in before we start the Premiership and we have a massive meeting with Belle Vue here next week.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our new American rider Broc Nicol settle in around Monmore and our new reserve rider Tom Bacon who is our designated rider under the Rising Star scheme.

“Ryan Douglas has had a great season in Australia and comes back to us in fine form. It will also be good to see Ashley Morris and Nathan Greaves back at Monmore.”

The event features 15 heats plus a Grand Final along with four junior races and starts at 7.30.

THANK YOU NHS TROPHY LINE-UP: (Not in riding order) Rory Schlein, Sam Masters, Nick Morris, Ryan Douglas, Luke Becker, Broc Nicol, Tom Bacon, Richard Lawson, Chris Harris, Ashley Morris, Michael Palm Toft, Nathan Greaves.

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