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Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 21 April 2021

keith chapman.pngPETERBOROUGH have been handed a big boost ahead of the new season with a donation towards essential track work.

The 100 Club have handed over £6,000 towards replacement air bags and fence work down the home straight and coming out of turn four.

Panthers owner Keith Chapman said: “It really is an amazing gesture and we cannot thank the 100 Club members enough.

“Peterborough are very fortunate to have such loyal fans and a wonderful Supporters Club organisation as well as the 100 Club.

“The work had to be done ahead of the new season and for us to receive a boost like this is so pleasing. Speedway is for the fans and I will continue to provide entertainment for them at Peterborough.”

KENT promoter Len Silver has moved to reassure supporters following a change of administration at Central Park.

Arena Racing Company, who own several horse and greyhound racing tracks, have agreed to take over Cearnsport Ltd, the established operators at the stadium.

Silver said: “Speedway will remain under the existing management and, for the time being, Roger Cearns will continue to administer greyhound racing six times a week. 

“This is excellent news for us because it has cemented the long-term future for the stadium. 

“This is rare in the world of stadiums these days, so personally with speedway assured, I am delighted with the changes.”

BIRMINGHAM have been handed a potentially crippling blow just over a month before the start of their season.

Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium has been victim of three break-ins in as many weeks before vandals caused further serious damage to the speedway side of the venue in the early hours of Monday morning.

Essential equipment was set alight and burnt out, including several vehicles, whilst storage containers were broken into and security gates were battered down.

Co-owner Peter Mason said: “I just don’t understand what people get out of doing things like this – one thing I do know is that they don’t think about the after-effects it has on other people.

“Especially so close to the beginning of a brand-new season, it can throw a lot of things in the air. It’s all stuff that we will need, so it’s all stuff that’s got to be replaced.

“Speaking here and now, our intention is still to come to the tapes as planned and go racing on that first Wednesday night in June, and we are determined to make that happen.

“But the reality is we need to raise some much-needed funds pretty quickly, or who knows how far we can take it in the current climate especially?”




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