NEWS 2012  - from South Africa  and the wider speedway world.

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10.12.2012    Bekker confirmed an Islander
Taken from from the Isle of Wight website:
"25 years old Byron Bekker, born in Johannesburg, comes to us on loan from parent club Scunthorpe having ridden for Dudley this year, and is the eldest in our septet who is somewhat keen that his affectionate well known nickname of "Boris" doesn't get changed to "Grandad" by his younger Isle of Wight team mates! And he, having been given the green light by doctors to resume riding after suffering knee ligament damage in a crash at Mildenhall that ended his 2012 season early, is relishing the challenge of leading them to success.:-
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Personally I'm very happy indeed to have signed for the Wightlink Islanders as it's a track I've always liked to ride at and I'm very keen to put last season and the way it ended prematurely behind me. I had an operation on the knee in which the docs did a really good job, so I am now back in training earlier than I expected and really eager to make up for lost time and looking at the side Chris Hunt and Kevin Shepherd have put together, my message to the rest of the league is 'Watch us go !"
At 385m, (421yds) the Smallbrook Stadium track on the Isle of Wight, which surrounds a soccer pitch, is the largest present-day UK track, c.f. Walkerville at 315m (344yds.)

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10.12.2012.   S.African National Final Rained Off .
In spite of the efforts of all the riders taking buckets onto the track to try and clear the small dam in corner 1, - see Gallery - , the Walkerville track was judged still not safe enough for the speedway bikes and sidecars yesterday for what was to have been the 3rd and Final Round of the South African National Championship event. The event will be re-staged SATURDAY 12th JANUARY 2013. 
Thank you to all the riders (who got very muddy in the process) – the team work was brilliant! A big THANK YOU goes to all the supporters and spectators who stayed to watch the peewees and pitbikes finish their national championship. To all the people who bought raffle tickets and the riders who donated dog food for the Irwins fund raiser – Thank You!
Thanks go to all our usual sponsors of Walkerville Raceway – Dot Engineering, Fourways Motorcylces, Ansley Racing, Mibern Medical. To the sponsors who donated cash and prizes towards the Irwins Fund Raiser – Thank you: Amtec Lubricants, Olivia’s Bakery in Walkerville, Johnny Walker Pub & Grill, Tricia Fisher, Fritz from Audio Touch, Buffs Biltong. Please support all our sponsors.
There will be a re-run of this race meeting which will be held on SATURDAY 12th JANUARY 2013 starting at 1pm. SABC2 will be back to record some footage of the racing.
The Annual Prize Giving will follow directly thereafter at 6pm. Everybody is welcome to attend the prize giving which is R50-00 per person and includes a braai pack, salads and rolls. Camping facilities are available if you want to camp over after the prize giving party.
   Pat Pettit, WSRC.

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8.12.2012,  Byron Bekker to Join I.o.W.  for 2013
No official announcement yet, but media tweeting has it that Byron Bekker, still getting around on crutches following knee surgery in Jo'burg, will be joining his team-mates of last season Tom Perry and Darryl Ritching on the Isle of Wight in the 2013 UK National League. BB and Perry rode as a pair for the Dudley Heathens this past season and both will be pleased to be linking up again. Since leaving Scunthorpe mid-season in 2009 Byron has had the wanderlust, with a change of team each season, viz. Edinburgh, Weymouth, Belle Vue and Dudley, and now to become an Islander.

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25.11.2012, Walkerville, SA: “Legends of the Past”
  
WSRC riders raced to the memory of great South African heroes on Sunday. After 3 heats each the top 4 riders competed for the Buddy Fuller Trophy and unbeaten Neil Pettit duly completed the day undefeated with young Robin Brill pushing Gio Nunes into 3rd place. The follow-up point scorers challenged for the Dudleigh Long Trophies, - Premier and Junior. Dudleigh was a nephew of Henry Long, the first (of only 2) South African to reach the speedway World Final at Wembley, London. His cups were taken by Jason Cole and by Ashley Brill, who were pushed respectively by runners-up Lyle Kotze and Grant Frank.
Full Results.
The final meeting of the Walkerville year takes place on Sunday Dec. 9th, being the 3rd and final round of the S.African National Championship, sponsored once more by Dot Engineering, racing starting at 1pm.
The Country Kitchen & Deep South Pub will look after all your catering needs.
The track GPS co-ordinates are: S26º24min17sec / E27º57min48sec.
Contact details: Pat – 0825785941 or Hansie (for Vaal areas ) – 0832925355.

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7.11.2012.  Update on Dennis Newton.
(Rec'd yesterday from best pal Jim Chalkley. - 83yr old Dennis, 6x SA Champ, suffered a stroke at his home in Spain in July.)  "Dennis recently had a brain scan, there has been no change from his last scan & things seem to be settling down. There are no signs of a brain tumor. He is having physio every day & is making good progress, he can now stand up & walk a little, he can now use his left leg & arm but his right arm still needs a little bit more work done on it. Dennis is much happier now he is back in his own home. He sends a big thank you to all the people who have wished him well."
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3.11.2012, SYNDICATE SIDEWINDERS BASH, Walkerville S.A.

The Walkerville Oval Track was once again the venue for the Syndicate Motorcycle Club’s Annual Day Jol. This well organised, well attended event had Speedway racing, Aussie Sidecars as well as Flat Track Bikes to keep the crowds entertained.
The speedway heats were close resulting in the top 4 riders racing against each other in the final. The final was run as 4 individual laps with the winner of each lap being scored separately. The end result was 1st Neil Pettit, 2nd Mac Magill, 3rd Jason Cole and 4th Lyle Kotze.  The Consolation Final result was Ashley Brill 1st, Gio Nunes 2nd, Bobby Devine 3rd and Hansie Kleynhans 4th.
Racing was tight between the Aussie sidecars with the Welkom outfit of Alfie Kotze and jockey Juan Kotze on bike No.11 winning the first three heats. Unfortunately bike problems in the final heat put an end to their winning streak and in the overall points they were pipped to the post by Johannesburg outfit Derrick (2Dogs) Hilliar and jockey Gordan Raath. Kallie & Konrad Britz from Lichtenberg took the 3rd place spot, with husband and wife team from Klerksdorp, Edwin & Estelle Butler in 4th place.
The Flat Track class was won by Hugh Britz with Barney van der Merwe in 2nd place and Hamish Harvey in 3rd place.
During the interval between the speedway racing, the club arranged pit bikes for three members of three different clubs to race against each other. This was great fun and the overall end result was the Road Hogs from Sasolburg taking 1st place with the Monarchs in 2nd and Satan Saints in 3rd place spot.
 - Forthcoming race meetings at Walkerville – Spectator entry fee only R20-00 per person:-
        - Sunday 25th November:  "Legends of the Past",
        - Sunday 9th December: Dot Engineering S.A. National Final
Charity Race. 

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"Speedway League Racing in South Africa,  -  1947 - 1959."

A short article, "Speedway League Racing in South Africa, -  1947 - 1959",
together with an accompanying summary table of pertinent data, has been added to the website's History page.
A number of corresponding league team photographs have been added to Gallery p.3. 
  

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29.10.2012, Walkerville S.Africa,
Golden Helmet & Silver Sash

   Eleven solo riders lined up to contest the prestigious Golden Helmet event at Walkerville Raceway on Sunday, with the programme complemented by Sidecar and Flat Track racers.  Racing to a new format this year with all contestants meeting one another, the top 4 scorers met in the Helmet Final, with the next 4 scorers competing for the Silver Sash, the junior trophy. After 2 rides each Mac Magill and Brad Devine were unbeaten, but 17 year old Ashley Brill, the 2008 Silver Sash winner had to withdraw from the meeting after suffering engine failure in his initial outing. In the third round of rides Magill was beaten into second place by Lyle Kotze, and Devine succumbed to Kotze and Pettit. In the final round of Solo heats both Brad Devine and Jason Cole won their heats, the latter pipping Magill, so that the line for for the Golden Helmet Final saw these 3, each with 10 points, joined by Robin Brill on 9pts, the unfortunate Lyle Kotze missing out because of a poor first heat when in this one race he met the top scorers and current champ Neil Pettit, who seemed not to be on top form for this meeting after earlier events of the weekend. These two met up in the next solo race, the Silver Sash Final, in which Kotze kept up his form to score his third consecutive race win and pip Pettit in the fastest time of the day, 67.75s for the 315m. Raceway. 
In a considerably limited field the Sidecar pairing of Hilliar & Wiggill took the three-wheeler charioteers' trophy, and Hugh Britz topped the score chart in the Flat Track category, the first occasion that these racers have been seen on the Walkerville programme.  Culmination of the day's programme was the Golden Helmet final, in which Cole, like Kotze in the Sash final, made it a third-in-a-row win to capture the Helmet, first won by James Bruins way back in 1977. Mac Magill was second, followed home by Brad Devine in third place.
(See category winners on Gallery page.)

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STOP PRESS,  25.10.2012:  Heathens prepare protest.
Mildenhall promoter entered refs box and coerced a decision change.

Taken from the official Dudley Heathens website:
"DUDLEY Heathens are preparing an official complaint to be made to the Speedway Control Bureau regarding the circumstances behind the last heat decider in the National League Grand Final against Mildenhall at King's Lynn last night.
Club co-owner Gary Patchett has revealed how Fen Tigers co-promoter Chris Louis entered the officials box and discussed replays of the incident  alongside SCB Referee Dave Robinson in the room next door.
Heathens skipper Adam Roynon, who suffered a broken leg and broken shoulder, was excluded after a clash with Mildenhall's Stefan Nielsen in a meeting which saw the Fen Tigers clinch the title against a badly depleted Heathens side by a point.
A clip of the discussion - which is illegal under the sport's rules - can be heard by clicking on the BBC iplayer as BBC WM covered the meeting - the link is at the end of this article.
Said Patchett: "Chris Louis entered the referee's box, which he is not allowed to do. The referee changed his decision and excluded our skipper Adam Roynon after earlier telling the Mildenhall manager he thought it was Stefan Nielsen's fault.
"Quite how the referee and Chris Louis can justify themselves I don't know. You've got a referee being coerced into changing his mind by a staging promoter in the race which decides the league title."
Speaking in tonight's Express & Star, Chris Louis said: "When Rob Henry (Mildenhall team manager) got on the phone to ask if a decision had been made, he (Robinson) said he thought it was Stefan's fault.
"There was a discussion; it was pretty brief."
You can hear the moment when Louis clearly influences the referee's decision in a face-to-face conversation by going to 2:50:00 and listening for approximately two minutes on the following programme:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00zhkjc   - a longer version than included below - .
Dudley Heathens are preparing all evidence - including a witness statement - before submitting their protest.
The club acknowledge it is highly unlikely the outcome of the meeting will be changed but cannot ignore the fact that a serious breach of regulations occurred leading to the decision which, ultimately, decided the league title. We also owe it to our wonderful supporters to defend our position."
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Heathens Fans, - “We Wuz Robbed
: Another rider on the injury list.
24.10.2012, Nat'l Lge P-Off Final 2nd Leg, Mildenhall v Dudley Heathens ( @ Kings Lynn)
Mildenhall 51-36 Heathens,    Aggr. 91-90.   Mildenhall are National League Champions.

     After 29 heats in the foregoing 26hrs, despite loosing local hero Tom Perry in Leg 1 on the previous  evening and without the already-injured Byron Bekker, Dudley Heathens battled hard with barely half a team and forced to track another junior to make up the number, were just 1 point down going into the last nominated riders heat against Mildenhall last night. Needing at least a 4-2 to secure the National League Championship title,  and with shades of the never-to-be-forgotten Elite League Final of 2006, (when in a similar situation Peterborough Panthers needed a 5-1 against World No.2 Greg Hancock of Reading, only for Hans Andersen and Ryan Sullivan to do just that,) Adam Roynon and Ashley Morris made it into the back straight and the Heathens supporters went ecstatic. But it was short lived. Tigers' Stefan Nielsen tried to squeeze between the Heathens pair and clipped Roynon's back wheel and was flung into the side of the solid safety fence near the Start-Finish line. His riderless bike took to the air and fetched down Roynon in front of it in an horrific looking double crash. After 10 minutes delay for medical attention Nielsen walked away but Roynon was stretchered off in the ambulance. To the amazement of all, including the BBC.WM Radio commentator, ( listen in, below,) Roynon was the excluded rider, meaning the best Heathens' result could only be a 3-3, so the title was lost before the last wheels were to turn. Live BBC commentary all along felt that Nielsen was to be the excluded rider.
The meeting start was delayed almost an hour so that the track could be bladed and relaid because of earlier rain, and with the first 3 heats each drawn the expectations were good, for it was all that was required for the 14pt lead of the first leg to be upheld.  But as Morris, given a nudge by  Nielsen, fell in Ht.4 it all started going off in the pits as the Tigers took the heat 5-1. That position was held over the next 3 heats but then three 5-1s by Mildenhall seemed to spell the end for the Heathens. But no: with a Tactical Ride win for Roynon in Ht.11 after Nielsen had e.f, and with Dan Greenwood following him in, the 8-1 result brought the West Midlands club back into the frame. The score was 39-30, aggr. 76-81. With Nielsen winning the 1-&-5s heat, Ht.13, Mildenhall entered the last race  one point in the lead with one heat remaining.
Adam Roynon has surgery on a broken lower leg today (25th.) and he also has a broken shoulder blade. He joins Byron Bekker and Tom Perry on the Heathens' injury list.  Roynon has suffered exceptional back luck with a string of injuries each season except 2007, including a broken femur last season and crushed vertebrae earlier this year. In 2009 he was on a life support machine for a week having suffered a broken bone in his neck and a blood clot on the brain. Every speedway follower wishes him well for a speedy recovery.

Mildenhall = 54 (91)
1. Jason Garrity       1', 3, 2', 1 = 7+2
2. Lewis Blackbird   2, 1, 3, 3 = 9
3. Joe Jacobs          1', 3, 2', 3, 2= 11+2
4. Daniel Halsey      2, 0, 3, 3 = 8
5. Stefan Nielsen    3, 2, R, 3, 1' = 9+1
6. R. Terry-Daley    1', 0, 1 = 2+1
7. Josh Bates         2, 2', 2', 0, 2' = 8+3
Dudley = 39 (90)
1. Adam Roynon      3, 3, 2, 6!, 2, X = 16
2. Dan Greenwood  0, 1', 1, 2', 2 = 6+2
3. Tom Perry           R/R
4. Adam Kirby         Fx, 0, 1 = 1
5. Ashley Morris      Fx, 2, 3, F, 0, 3 = 8
6. Darryl Ritchings  3, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1', 0 = 7+1
7. J.White-Williams 0, 1, 0 = 1
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Two of the Heathens' injury squad, both now awaiting surgery:
   -  Adam Roynon and Byron Bekker,
(- photographed at King Lynn earlier this year.)


 

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23.10.2012 Heathens v Mildenhall, NL Play-off Final 1st leg. 51-37
23.10.2012 Heathens v Mildenhall, NL KO Cup Final 2nd leg. 41-32
24.10.2012 Mildenhall v Heathens (@ Kings Lynn,) NL P.Off Final 2nd leg.
    (SEE ABOVE)

From weeks of inactivity to a further ratcheting up of  pressure and pace for Dudley Heathens, with 3 matches in 2 days as they took on Mildenhall Fen Tigers for the UK's National Lge. titles of League Champions and Knock-Out Cup winners, - but without Byron Bekker, now waiting for an operation on his torn knee ligament. 
LEAGUE FINAL: The double header at Monmore Green, Wolverhampton, - the former Cradley team's shared home since their return to racing in 2010 - , started with the 1st leg of the League Play-off Final in miserable conditions, the fog and mist throughout the day having turned to drizzle an hour or so prior to the start of racing, making for extremely difficult conditions on a wet and slippery track and  the undoing of riders from both teams.  Tigers No.1 Jason Garrity fell while leading by a mile in Ht.1, - the same happened 2hrs. latter in the following match - , then their sole rider in Ht.2, Bates, falls likewise to give the Heathens a 5-0, quickly negated when Tom Perry does likewise in the following heat. 2 re-runs of Ht.5 and 3 more falls as Garrity and Perry clash and take down Halsey in a tight bend 1 entry, and deflating the entire 1st & 2nd bend air-fence. In the eventual rerun Garrity slows to a crawl in frustration to team-ride Halsey to a Tigers 5-1 while Perry is taken off to hospital with a suspected broken scaphoid, reducing Heathens to 5 men. In the next heat the Heathens' skipper Adam Roynon rides his slowest ever ride inside partner Dan Greenwood for a Heathens 5-1. Score: 20-15.
Ht.8 saw an abysmal piece of refereeing as first Greenwood falls, then on the next lap round, with no red light activated, - is the ref thinking too much about the second match this night? - ,  Bates falls trying to avoid Greenwood. Still no red light and the other 2 riders continue while the first 2 try to clear the track ! Ht.9, and Bates is nudged off at bend 1 but its bend 3 before the red light comes on, probably only because White-Williams slowed on the back straight: all 4 back, can you believe ?  Three more 3-3s until Roynon and Morris (after a fall at the first attempt,) take a 5-1 with excellent team-riding by the skipper. Ht 14 was the race of the night as Darryl Ritching  tried every line to close in and catch Halsey, - he went outside turn 1/2 lap 4 then lined up as if to go outside on the last turn but turned sharp back coming off the turn and stole it on the line by half a wheel. Brilliant ride! A 3-3 in the final heat gives Heathens a 14pt lead for tomorrow's 2nd leg, which will now be staged at Kings Lynn, the recent weather having made the Mildenhall track unrideable.  This neutral venue could have been just enough for the Heathens to clinch the League championship, (they won there earlier in the season against the Young Stars,) had Perry not been injured. Should be a tight match.
Match finished 9:30pm, - tea & comfort break for track staff, riders, medics etc. before commencement of the next 15 heats. Mist is now fog, and worsening.
Dudley = 51
1. Adam Roynon      2, 3, 3, 2', 2 = 12+1
2. Dan Greenwood   1', 2, 2', F, 0 = 5+2
3. Tom Perry            Fx, ns  = 0 Withdrawn
4. Byron Bekker       R/R
5. Ashley Morris       3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 1' = 15+1
6. Darryl Ritchings   3, 1, 3, 2, 1', 2, 2' = 14+2
7. J. White-Williams 2', 1, 0, 0, 1', 1' = 5+3
Mildenhall = 37
1. Jason Garrity       F.rm, 2', 3, 0, 3 = 8+1
2. Lewis Blackbird    R/R
3. Joe Jacobs           3, 3, 2, 2, 3, 0 = 13
4. Daniel Halsey       1, 3, 1', 1', 1 = 7+2
5. Stefan Nielsen     2, 1, 3, 1 = 7
6. Josh Bates           Fx, 0, F, Fx, 0 = 0
7. R.Terry-Daley      x2m, 0, 2, 0, 0 = 2
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KO CUP FINAL: Without Tom Perry the Heathens found an unattached East Anglian, Sean Phillips, at the meeting and drafted him in for Byron Bekker's position and are using Rider Replacement for Perry. (It is subsequently confirmed that Perry has a broken thumb and a broken Scaphoid.)  This second match commenced approx. 9:45pm with the track and the weather no better.
Ht.1 and Garrity, the 2011 NL champion, again drops it while miles out in front, followed by Greenwood. (Both remount to finish.) Ht.2 and again the ref, apparently more concerned with the time than safety, lets the race continue too far when Bates comes off on the first bend and the other riders have to take avoiding action: Heathens take a 5-1 in the rerun. In Ht.4 Nielsen fell first when 3rd. He got up to continue, then Ryan fell. The race is not stopped as Nielsen comes round. Ryan was about to push his bike to the inside as would be a rider's instinct, but realising Nielsen is coming he turns briefly towards the fence to stay safe there, and then clears the track to the inside. Refereeing tonight is past a joke and is considering the wrong priorities! (- finish time v. safety.) There were more falls in each of the next 5 heats with the Heathens failing to gain further headway, and the score after Ht.9 is 32-24, agg. 85-65., with the clock dragging slowly on because of the number of rerun heats. Roynon and Greenwood look set for a 5-1 in Ht.10 when the latter again falls and is hit by Jacobs but excluded. In this rerun Halsey's engine seizes and so its a 3-2. Only 5-1s in every one of the next  5 heats can now save the home side, but after two 3-3s the clock strikes the metaphorical midnight, (actually ~11pm,) and the meeting is terminated by the local curfew.       
Final score 41-32, aggregate 74-93 to Mildenhall who retain the NL KO Cup.
Dudley = 41 (74)
1. Adam Roynon       3, 3, 3, 3 = 12
2. Dan Greenwood    F.rm, 0, F.rm0, Fx, 1' = 1+1
3. Tom Perry             R/R
4. Sean Phillips        0, 1, 0 = 1
5. Ashley Morris      3, 3, 3, 2 = 11
6. Darryl Ritchings  2', 3, 1, 1' = 7+2
7. J.White-Williams 3, 2', 2, 2 = 9+1
Mildenhall = 32 (93)
1. Jason Garrity         F.rm1', F, 3 = 4+1
2. Lewis Blackbird    R/R
3. Joe Jacobs             2, 2, 4!, 2, 3 = 13
4. Daniel Halsey       1', 2, F, ef = 3+1
5. Stefan Nielsen      F.rm1, 1', 2 = 4+1
6. Josh Bates            Fx, 2, 3, 1', 0 = 6+1
7. R. Terry-Daley      1, F, 1, 0 = 2 
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LGE FINAL, 2nd LEG:    See next report, above.

Dudley riders (those left walking !)  acknowledge the support of their devoted Heathens fans at the end of a long wet, evening:-
Lt. to rt: Team coach and 1991 World Champ Jan O Pedersen, late sub Sean Phillips, James White-Williams, Darryl Ritching, Adam Roynon, Byron Bekker.  (See further pics on Gallery page.)


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20.10.2012: 'Finals' between Dudley Heathens and Mildenhall conclude the season.

The UK National League protagonists Dudley Heathens and Mildenhall Fen Tigers, whose both meetings in Suffolk over the last month or so have produced excitement and clashes both on and off the track, have agreed arrangements for their final 3 encounters of the season, - which have to be concluded no later than October 31st, the official UK season-end.
The former Cradley club have reluctantly accepted the BSPA ruling about Mildenhall's use of Josh Bates for the first leg of the KO Cup Final in which Byron Bekker was so badly injured, - so the 61-33 result stands - , and while happy that Heathens have progressed through the League Play-off Semis (despite a shock first leg result,) to make that Final, having sat at the top of the table all season, have now to cram in 2 home matches against the Tigers plus a third Suffolk visit, - all this as speedway matches across the country, like both legs of the Heathens' NL PO-SFs against Stoke and 3 attempts before the IoW/M'hall Semi, are  being lost to rain. (In the Elite Lge, P'boro and Swindon agreed to resort to the toss of a coin when they were unable to run the KO Quarter Finals; Workington's proposal to the BSPA to accept an aggregate score after just 9 heats of their abandoned Lge. Cup 2nd leg was conceded.) 
It has therefore been deemed necessary to stage both of Heathens' home legs, - of the KO Cup Final and of the Lge Championship Play-off Final - , as a double-header on the same night of Tues. October 23rd, and the last meeting of the 2 teams, - the 2nd away leg of the Lge Play-offs - , on the following night, Wed.24th. 
With Mildenhall's 28 point lead in the KO Cup the Heathens' chances of an aggregate win seem slight at a time when their opponents are flushed with success: such form by the Tigers make even this long-time avid Heathens' follower doubt their chances of taking the league title, such is the consequence of deciding a League Championship by a knock-out mini-competition at the tail-end of a season. Is not the intention of a league, in contrast to a KO competition, to identify the team that has sustained a superiority throughout the duration of a season ?

NATIONAL LEAGUE  
uti Wednesday, October 17, 2012
M 3W 2W D L 4W 3W D 1L L F A Pts 1 Dudley 14 7 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 783 468 42 2 Mildenhall 14 6 0 0 1 4 0 2 0 1 717 552 38 3 I. of Wight 14 3 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 5 595 684 21 4 Stoke 14 4 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 4 647 631 20 5 Rye House 14 5 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 5 596 659 20 6 Scunthorpe 14 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 5 584 683 17 7 Buxton 14 3 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 6 586 686 11 8 K. Lynn 14 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 6 567 712 9

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7.10.2010, KO Cup Final, 1st Leg: Mildenhall v. Heathens 61-33
9.10.2012, Lge-PO Semi.1:           Heathens v. Stoke 44-43
10.10.2012, Lge-PO Semi.2:         Stoke v. Heathens 41-54 (Agg. 93-85 to Heathens.)

    Speedway-SA's UK scribe is back from sunnier climes and can now summarise events of the last 2 weeks, - 2 crucial weeks for Dudley Heathens who, after 5 weeks of inaction raced 3 matches in 4 days battling for both League and Cup success, - and a disastrous time for acting skipper Byron Bekker as he once more finds himself on the injury list at the end of the UK racing season.
Mildenhall, Sun. Oct 7th: Heathens went into this meeting without Adam Roynon (injured,) and Ashley Morris (in PL action,) and by Ht.3 lost one more rider as BB collided with team-mate Dan Greenwood and was thrown into the safety fence. The meeting was delayed as Byron was given extensive medical treatment out on the track. His kevlars had to be cut from him to access injuries to his thigh and back, and it was feared he may have sustained a broken femur. He was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge where this turned out to be not broken but severe bruising from a rupture in the thigh, though with back and knee injuries, - a wedge fracture to the L1 vertebrae and a clot on the knee. The incident had its effect on Byron's already rusty team-mates, particular Greenwood who had to be persuaded to continue, and the Heathens slipped gradually behind with only Joe Haines, (an interim signing for the injured Roynon,) gaining a race win and no heat successes other than a double-point tactical ride for Tom Perry in Ht.8.
MILDENHALL 61: Joe Jacobs 14+1, Jason Garrity 14, Danny Halsey 11+2, Josh Bates 10+2, Stefan Nielsen 7+1, Ryan Terry-Daley 5+2, Lewis Blackbird r/r.
DUDLEY 33: Joe Haines 13+1, Tom Perry 10, Darryl Ritchings 5+1, Dan Greenwood 3, James White-Williams 2+1, Byron Bekker 0, Ashley Morris r/r.
Heathens now have a mountain to climb in the 2nd leg if they are to take the KO Cup !

Dudley, Tues. Oct.9th:  For this first leg of the Play-off SemiFinal for League championship title Morris was back but with Byron Bekker out it was R/R (rider replacement) for the South African. Both he and Roynon, skipper and Acting skipper turned up to give encouragement to their colleges: Perry and Morris delivered the goods, (but for an ef. from the latter in Ht8,) but lower orders riders Greenwood and White-Williams had more mechanic troubles such that the Heathens just could not pull away from the Potters and 0-5s in Hts. 10 & 14 seemed likely to seal Dudley fate in the 2nd leg as they ended the night with merely a solitary point advantage to take to Stoke 24hrs latter.
HEATHENS 44: Tom Perry 14, Ashley Morris 11, Darryl Ritchings 10+2, Joe Haines 6+1, Dan Greenwood 2+1, James White Williams 1, Byron Bekker R/R.
STOKE 43: Ashley Birks 14, James Cockle 9, Ben Reade 7+3, Lee Geary 7+2, Tony Atkin 5, Liam Carr 1, L. Rumsey 0.


Stoke, Wed. Oct.10th:  What a turn-around !
Heathens lost another rider last night as it transpires that  James White-Williams had incurred an ankle ligament injury in his Ht.4 fall, so unknown junior Fenwick was drafted in.  In the first heat Potters star and Nat'l Lge Match Race Champion Ashley Birks fell whilst leading and Heathens took a 5-1. There then followed 5 drawn heats (Dudley having 4 of the 5 race winners,) before Heathens again took another 5-1 and a hence a 9pt. aggregate lead.  Birks then had a tactical-ride win over Perry; Ritching blew his motor into a thousand bits in Ht.12 which was Potters 2nd TR, giving them a 5-3, but Heathen lead continued to increase overall to 11 on the night, 12 on aggregate. Ht.13, - unlucky for some! Birks chasing Haines hard throughout the race drops it on turn 3 of the last lap: Haines gets his max, - the real difference between last night and this night;  6 v/v 15 - , and Dudley Heathens are through to the Play-off  Finals against all expectations. Byron was again present, saying he wants to ride in the Finals !
STOKE 41: James Cockle 9+1, Ashley Birks 9, Ben Reade 8+1, Tony Atkin 7, Lee Geary 4+2, Liam Rumsey 2+1, Liam Carrr 2.
DUDLEY 54: Joe Haines 15, Tom Perry 12, Ashley Morris 11+1, Darryl Ritchings 10+2, Dan Greenwood 6+2, Tommy Fenwick 0, Byron Bekker r/r.  
   Dudley win 98-84 on aggregate. 
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3.10.2012 WALKERVILLE: Northern Regions Championship
     The Northern Regions Championship Final was held at Walkerville Raceway on 30th September 2012. The Premier speedway class started out with Neil Pettit on 10 points from the Round 1 with Mac Magill only 2 points behind on 8 points. Pettit managed to get into the lead in heat 1 when Magill fell and failed to score, leaving Pettit to take the 1st three points. He did not look back from there and although he fell in his 2nd & 3rd heats, he managed to win the race as well as the Premier Class Regional trophy.
Jason Cole from the Under 21 class, who had 10 points from Round 1, only managed to finish on 9 points after his 4 race heats. His main competitor, Lyle Kotze, who had bike problems in Round 1 and only managed to score 2 points, rode a superb 4 heats in this final round. He only dropped 1 point, finishing on 11 points, winning the meeting, but it was Jason Cole who won the Under 21 Regional trophy.
Speedway Stars newcomer Grant Frank and veteran rider Hansie Kleynhans both came into the final round meeting on 10 points. Frank had a good 4 heats ending the meeting on 10 points, winning the final meeting as well as the overall Regional trophy after Kleynhans had bike problems in his 2nd heat.
The Aussie sidecar outfit from Welkom, Alfie Kotze and Juan Kotze, won the race meeting on maximum points of 15 with Johannesburg team, Derrick “2 Dogs” Hilliar and jockey Terrence Wiggill, finishing in second place on 11 points. Third place spot went to Edwin Butler and his jockey, – wife Estelle Butler. The overall Sidecars Regional trophy went to bike number 68 rider Derrick Hilliar who had 15 points accumulated from Round 1.
The next race meeting at Walkerville will feature the Golden Helmet & Silver Sash events, to be held on the 28th October 2012 with racing starting at 1pm.
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2.10.2012, Stoke Potters v. Dudley Heathens; NL. PO-SF.

The Dudley Heathens and Byron Bekker have been without any matches, home or away, for a month now since their massive home win against Isle of Wight on Sept 4th. Tonight's away leg of the National League Play-off  Semi-finals against Stoke, (bizarrely, topping the league table doesn't make you League Champions, - 4 more matches have to be raced before the champion team can be crowned,) has, like the home leg last week, been victim of the rainy weather that's returned to the UK and is affecting many clubs again, so the forthcoming weeks are going to be very busy, particularly if, as expected, the Heathens get thru their Semi and into the H&A  Lge. Final. BB has been fortunate to have had a few Open and guest bookings in between, at Somerset and at Sheffield; for Ipswich, and for his former PL team Edinburgh, that have yielded a few Rand, but 6 more Heathens matches in the last 3 weeks of the season, plus the chance of a bonus for a KO Cup and/or the League Championship, if successful, should compensate for an otherwise barren time.
Heathens' remaining fixtures:
Sun.  Oct.  7:     Away  v. Mildenhall     KOC Final Leg 1,
Tues. Oct.  9*:   Home v. Stoke            Lge.PO.SF Leg 1,
Wed. Oct .10:    Away v. Stoke             -  ditto -     “   2,
Tues. Oct. 23:   Home v. Mildenhall       KOC Final Leg 2,
t.b.a. (hopefully)  H. v (Mldhll or IoW)  Lge.PO Final  Leg 1,
t.b.a. (hopefully)  A. v (Mldhll or IoW)     -  ditto -     Leg 2.    
* Also on 9th, IoW entertain Mildenhall in the 2nd leg of the other PO.SF.    (Mldhll won the 1st leg 58-36.) 
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Fog Stops Play !  - Isle of Wight, 9.8.2012
Dudley Heathens had increased their lead over the IoW Islanders in the 2nd leg of this KO Cup match to 34pts after 6 heats but what started as a sunny evening so rapidly turned to mist then fog once the sun had disappeared and the meeting had to be stopped for safety reasons, ( e.g. ability of the riders and the ref to see the next bend, and the  consequence of not applying a red light in the event of a fall.) The match will be rerun: some riders had 3 rides, others, incl'g BB, just one.   Isle of Wight 15: Paul Starke 5, Ben Hopwood 3+1, Kyle Hughes 3, Adam Ellis 2, Brendan Johnson 2, Kyle Hughes 1. Mark Baseby R/R    Dudley 21: Adam Roynon 6, Ashley Morris 5, Tom Perry 3+1, James White Williams 3, Darryl Ritchings 3, Byron Bekker 1+1, Dan Greenwood R/R
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 4.9.2012 Dudley Heathens v. Isle of Wight, 68-22.
In their final league match of the season prior to the Play-offs the Heathens ensured themselves the top-of-the-table position by trouncing IoW Islanders 68-22, and thereby allowing themselves the luxury of choosing their opponents, (i.e. the easier competitor,) in the home-&-away Play-off Semis.  After his paid max last week Byron Bekker was at the other end of the scorechart last night. He followed his partner home in their first ride but was excluded from the rerun of Ht.5 when charging hard into lap 2 after a poor gate the Islander's Hopwood came down. BB then collected 3 more points from his remaining 2 rides for a total of 5 paid 7. Mssrs Birks, (guesting for the injured Adam Roynon,) Perry and Ritchings all scored paid maximums, the latter's second on the trot, while Islanders only achieved one heat win, a 4-2 in Ht.4.
Dudley 68: Tom Perry 14+1, Ashley Morris 13+1, Ashley Birks 11+1, Darryl Ritchings 9+3, Dan Greenwood 9+1, James White Williams 7+2, Byron Bekker 5+2
Isle of Wight 22: Paul Starke 8, Danny Warwick 5, Steve Jones 3, Ben Hopwood 2+1, Ross Walter 2, Danny Stoneman 2, Aaron Baseby R/R
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28.8.2012 Dudley Heathens v. Rye House Raiders, 55-16
Another walk-over by Dudley Heathens, and a paid max. from Byron Bekker, his first this season, as he continued his recent good form and top-scored for the former Cradley side. Had the rain not brought a sudden halt to this meeting at Ht.12 it's possible the Heathens could have gone on to a record 70pts, for 5 riders all got maximums or paid max's, Raiders not once taking a race win or a heat win: even their two tactical rides failed to realise points as each time they were put in against BB and his partner Dan Greenwood, who proceeded to take two 5-1s ! In the first, Ht.5, the Rye pair fled out of the start on a potential 8-1. Both Heathens passed Morley down the back straight, Bekker passed Chessell off bend 2, lap 2, who then fell on bends 3&4, same lap. Greenwood hesitated a little to see where he would land which gave Morley an inside run. Greenwood was busy seeing him off when a remounted Chessell fell again on bends 3 and 4, so with the red lights having been activated, the race was awarded. The next heat saw an excellent display of team riding. It was Heathens from the gate, but skipper Adam Roynon did some kerb crawling to slow and block Sarjeant, who Ritchings gets round. But Ritchings wasn't looking too secure on the outside so, going into lap 3, Roynon waves to Ritchings to indicate they should switch. Going into bend 1, lap 3 they execute the perfect switch and pull away to another heat max. Brilliant, - and the pair ably and easily do something similar when out again in Ht.10, the skipper sitting with his team-mate for a couple of laps to see him secure before pulling away. With his first ever maximum, (paid), Darryl Ritchings is nominate 'Rider of the Night'.
DUDLEY 55: Byron Bekker 11+1, Darryl Ritchings 9+3, Adam Roynon 9, Ashley Morris 8+1, Tom Perry 8+1, Dan Greenwood 5+1, James White Williams 5+1.
RYE HOUSE 16: Ben Morley 6, James Sarjeant 4, Shane Hazelden 3+1, Connor Coles 3, Luke Chessell 0, Brad Tokley 0, Jason Garrity R/R.
Abandoned after 12 heats – Waterlogged track - RESULT STANDS
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26.8.2012  WALKERVILLE:  Boet Strydom Best Pairs
   Walkerville Raceway in Johannesburg was once again alive with Speedway and Aussie Sidecar action at the Boet Strydom Speedway Best Pairs held on Sunday 26th August. The speedway racing being a tactical race gives all riders the chance of getting in the top 3, with bonus points being awarded to the first/second and second/third placed pair.  In the 1st heat Lyle Kotze beat Mac Magill to the finish line and secured 3 points for Team Quickloader Trailers with Kotze’s team mate  DJ Devine finishing 3rd with 1 point. In heat 2 Neil Pettit kept the pressure on Jason Cole and won the heat scoring 3 points, with Pettit’s partner Gio Nunes scoring 1 point in 3rd place for Team Dot Engineering. In Round 2 each team scored bonus points, but with Team Dot Engineering getting a 1st & 2nd and a bonus point in their  heat, they shot into the lead and went on to win the day on 19 points, a convincing 6 points lead ahead of Team Old Ouens who came 2nd for the day.
   The 7 sidecar outfits kept the racing tight as they battled it out in 2 separate heats. In the end it was the 3 outfits from Klerksdorp/Orkney who streaked ahead of the pack and had only one point between them in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The final results were Riaan Kruger & Johan Herbst in 1st place on 9 points, with Renier le Roux & Gordon Butler in 2nd with 8 points and 3rd place went to Deon Kruger & Dean Todd on 7 points.  
Many thanks to all the day's sponsors.    
FULL RESULTS 
The next race meeting at the Walkerville Showgrounds will be the Walkerville Regional Final and will be held on 30th September 2012, racing starting at 1pm.
The Country Kitchen & Deep South Pub, will look after all your catering needs.
The track GPS co-ordinates are: S26º24min17sec / E27º57min48sec.
Contact details: Pat –  0825785941 or Hansie (for Vaal areas ) –  0832925355.

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Clash of the Nat'l Lge. Table-toppers:
19.8.2012 Mildenhall v Heathens, 53-36
21.8.2012 Heathens v Mildenhall, 54-40
Much emotion had been built up prior to the first of these two meetings between the National Lge table toppers Dudley Heathens and Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the light of a fixture clash with a Premier Lge match involving heat-leaders from both teams, when a change to the Mildenhall start times thought to have been agreed was reneged on despite an official Control Board ruling. Heathens were without their 3 top riders and the loss of their unbeaten record was a foregone conclusion. And so it turned out to be. There was confrontation on the terraces as well as on the track, - the first 2 races were both awarded after falls and exclusions, with only one rider finishing Ht.2, for the only “win” by a Heathen, (plus one win by their guest Gary Irving.) Best race of the night was Ht.13, between the guests of both sides, Irving and Garrity, ending when frustration got the better of the former and he pushed thru for the chequered flag too hard, both hitting the fence near the line and tumbling, and was justifiably excluded. SEE VIDEO. Acting skipper Byron Bekker was the top Heathens' scorer after the guest, with 10pts from 6 rides, and his acknowledging gesture of stopping to applaud the travelling Heathens fans on bends 1 & 2 after Ht.15 was much appreciated by them all.
MILDENHALL 53: Danny Halsey 13+1, Stefan Nielsen 13, Joe Jacobs 11+3, Jason Garrity 9+1, Josh Bates 7, Ryan Terry-Daley 0, Lewis Blackbird r/r. DUDLEY 36: Gary Irving 11, Byron Bekker 10, Darryl Ritchings 6+3, James White-Williams 5+2, Dan Greenwood 4+1, Conor Dwyer 0, Ashley Morris r/r.

In the return match at Monmore, with Heathens at full strength but on a track with pools from an early shower Byron Bekker gave his best performance yet, if not his highest score, as he took the flag 3 times and looked all set for his first Dudley maximum. But it was not to be, as his bike failed on him in his final ride and he had to be content with a 9pts total. Perry returned to the team to score 16+1, but the surprise of the night was Roynon's first home defeats of the season, being beaten twice, by Jacobs and by Blackbird. Tension on the terraces had subdued from 2 days earlier, and as the latter and his machine were removed from the track when he understandably objected to his, rather than Greenwood's exclusion from Ht.9, 1000 Heathens fans sang him off with the old 1920s classic !
HEATHENS 54: Tom Perry 16+1, Adam Roynon 13, Byron Bekker 9, Ashley Morris 6+1, Dan Greenwood 4+2, James White Williams 3, Darryl Ritchings 3.  MILDENHALL 40: Joe Jacobs 13, Stefan Nielsen 9+1, Lewis Blackbird 7, Josh Bates 5, Ryan Terry-Daley 2+1, Lewis Kerr 2+1, Daniel Halsey 2+1.
These 2 teams look set to meet again in the NL Play-Offs, and perhaps in the KO Cup Final too, when the enthusiasm will be stoked even higher.
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14.8.2012:  Heathens into KO Cup Final.
Following the fogged-off meeting at IoW last week, and in the light of fixture congestion, the Islanders have conceded their Cup match against Dudley Heathens, acknowledging the unlikelyhood of overcoming the Heathens' massive first leg lead. Heathens will meet the winners of the Mildenhall-Stoke semi-final.
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11.8.2012:  "Byron Bekker - Early Days"
An article, "Byron Bekker - Early Days in SA", published in the August edition of BB's UK Fanzine, can be read here.
 





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7.8.2012, Heathens v Stoke Potters 58-35
Byron Bekker was voted Rider of the Night as Dudley Heathens continued their winning streak with another big win over Stoke Potters last night. Having inflicted a home defeat on Heathens'  league rivals Mildenhall 2 days earlier, and tracking Simon Lambert and the Nat'l Lge Match Race Champion Ashley Birks, both of whom finished on the podium of the Golden Hammer just a week earlier a close match was expected from the Staffordshire side, but once again it was all too easy. Tom Perry, riding at reserve because of a quirk in the Regs, topped the score chart with 15+1 from 7 rides, skipper Roynon an unbeaten 15pts, and BB scored 12+1 from 6 rides. Byron is presently on great form, - he's staying on the bike, he's getting the extra Ht.15 rides and guest bookings (see below,) and  his forth bend dashes tonight  in Hts. 12 & 15 to snatch points from the opposition were classic and brought great cheers from the home fans. (Turn out last night exceeded the gate of the previous evening for the Wolves' Elite Lge match, such is the following of the devoted Cradley fans, desperately waiting for a home track of their own.) Heathens remain unbeaten, home and away, but it will all depend on the Play-offs: two years ago they were in a similar position topping the table in their first season back on a borrowed track after a 15 year absence but ended up with nothing!DUDLEY 58: Tom Perry 15+1, Adam Roynon 15, Byron Bekker 12+1, Ashley Morris 6, Darryl Ritchings 5+2, James White-Williams 5+1, Dan Greenwood R/R.
STOKE 35: Ashley Birks 12, Simon Lambert 10+1, Ben Reade 10, Tony Atkin 3+1, Adam Wrathall 0, Ross Walter 0, Liam Carr 0.
Highlight of the night: Having crossed the line for his max in the final heat and coming round for the crowds' cheers on the straight, Adam Roynon pulls out a hugh inflatable hammer from somewhere under his jacket, waving it to the delight of the fans.   "Ommer 'um Heathens ! " 
On Sunday last Byron guested for Buxton Hitmen but his 8+2 pts were not enough to prevent them loosing by the narrow margin of 43-46 to Scunthorpe Saints.  
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 29.7.2012, Walkerville: WSRC Dot Engineering S.A.National Championship, Rd.2
 The second round of the WSRC's S.African National championship sponsored by Dot Engineering was held on Sunday and with both Pettit and Magill taking the chequered flag twice each the 2011 champion holds his lead in the current title stakes. But both were given a shot across their bows as young Jason Cole, who started racing only last year, showed them both the way home in Ht.7 with a foretaste of things to come, no doubt. Cole had an excellent day: his 11 pts in the U21 National competition sees him pull ahead of last year's U21 Champ Lyle Kotze with an aggregate 20pts to Kotze's 18 in the 2 rounds so far, and his performance resulted in him receiving the 'Rider of the Day' award from sponsors SBK Eyewear.  
In the Sidecars section Alfie & Juan Kotze had a clean sweep of a restricted field, depleted further by the withdrawl of Riaan v.d.Merve & Barry Horne after they suffered engine failure in their second ride and were unable to continue in the meeting.  The WSRC thanks also its other sponsors Slipstream Irrigation and ED Hi-Tech Electrical for their support at this month's meeting.  
FULL RESULTS
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24.7.2012, Isle of Wight v Heathens, 29-61
Another good night for Dudley Heathens and Byron Bekker's best meeting this year. BB and partner Tom Perry topped the scorechart with paid 14 & 14 points  respectively from five rides each. Only when not out together did each forfeit a point, and they led the Heathens to another big win, for a score of 61-29, Islanders' biggest ever home defeat. Skipper Adam Roynon got a full  max plus the track record in Ht.11 on this, the UK largest track at 385m, - and only once did a Heathen come in last. It was also a good night for all riders as there were no falls and only the scoreline made it a downer for Wighters and their fans. The Heathens riders take a break from team matches for a couple of weeks as Dudley stages the Golden Hammer individual event next Tuesday at Monmore Green.
ISLE OF WIGHT 29: Kyle Hughes 10, Ben Hopwood 6, Paul Starke 4+1, Mark Baseby 4, Adam Ellis 2, Danny Warwick 2, Aaron Baseby 1. DUDLEY 61: Tom Perry 14, Adam Roynon 12, Byron Bekker 10+4, James White Williams 9+1, Ashley Morris 7+1, Darryl Ritchings 5+3, Dan Greenwood 4+1.

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FORTHCOMING RACE MEETING, WALKERVILLE, GAUTENG.
The next race meeting at the Walkerville Showgrounds will be the Best Pairs competition and will be held on Sunday 26
August 2012 starting at 1pm. 
 The Country Kitchen & Deep South Pub will be open to look after all your catering needs.
 Track GPS co-ordinates are: S26º24min17sec / E27º57min48sec

Contact details: Pat – 0825785941    or Hansie (for Vaal areas,) – 0832925355

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6.8.2012: Dennis Newton Progress Report
Dennis was visited by his old rider chum Jim Chalkley in Marbella today who he readily recognised and gave a smile. He is paralysed down his right side and will be having a metalic scan on Tuesday morning, then is being transfered to the physio block for a month for special treatment. So things are looking a little better for Dennis now, but it'll be a long haul for an 83 year old.  (See Gallery p2.)
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30.7.2012: British Championship, Wolverhampton.
Scott Nicholls became the British Champion for a record 7th time last night and as such takes the Wild Card for the British Grand Prix at Cardiff at the end of the month.  After coming in 3rd behind Robson and Woffinden in his first ride he was subsequently unbeaten, and the rostrum placing were otherwise predictably filled, - Chris Harris in 2nd place and Tai Woffinden 3rd.        See full scores, heat details and race comments HERE
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29.7.2012, Walkerville, S.Africa:
WSRC Dot Engineering S.A.National Championship, Rd.2

 The second round of the WSRC's S.African National championship sponsored by Dot Engineering was held on Sunday and with both Pettit and Magill taking the chequered flag twice each the 2011 champion holds his lead in the current title stakes. But both were given a shot across their bows as young Jason Cole, who started racing only last year, showed them both the way home in Ht.7 with a foretaste of things to come, no doubt. Cole had an excellent day: his 11 pts in the U21 National competition sees him pull ahead of last year's U21 Champ Lyle Kotze with an aggregate 20pts to Kotze's 18 in the 2 rounds so far, and his performance resulted in him receiving the 'Rider of the Day' award from sponsors SBK Eyewear.  
In the Sidecars section Alfie & Juan Kotze had a clean sweep of a restricted field, depleted further by the withdrawl of Riaan v.d.Merve & Barry Horne after they suffered engine failure in their second ride and were unable to continue in the meeting.  The WSRC thanks also its other sponsors Slipstream Irrigation and ED Hi-Tech Electrical for their support at this month's meeting.  
FULL RESULTS
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29.7.2012: Dennis Newton admitted to Hospital. 
Multi S.African champion and sometime promoter Dennis Newton, now 83, has been admitted to the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella, Spain after suffering a stroke. The right side of his body has been affected and doctors are continuing to do tests. Dennis was born in London, rode for several UK National Lge tracks in the 'fifties including Oxford and Norwich alongside Ove Fundin, before taking up residence and citizenship in the new Republic in the 1960s when he took 5 national titles plus an S.A. Open between '62 and '73.  I'm sure everyone who rode with or knew Dennis wishes him a speedy recovery.
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24.7.2012, Isle of Wight v Heathens, 29-61
Another good night for Dudley Heathens and Byron Bekker's best meeting this year. BB and partner Tom Perry topped the scorechart with paid 14 & 14 points  respectively from five rides each. Only when not out together did each forfeit a point, and they led the Heathens to another big win, for a score of 61-29, Islanders' biggest ever home defeat. Skipper Adam Roynon got a full  max plus the track record in Ht.11 on this, the UK largest track at 385m, - and only once did a Heathen come in last. It was also a good night for all riders as there were no falls and only the scoreline made it a downer for Wighters and their fans. The Heathens riders take a break from team matches for a couple of weeks as Dudley stages the Golden Hammer individual event next Tuesday at Monmore Green.
ISLE OF WIGHT 29: Kyle Hughes 10, Ben Hopwood 6, Paul Starke 4+1, Mark Baseby 4, Adam Ellis 2, Danny Warwick 2, Aaron Baseby 1. DUDLEY 61: Tom Perry 14, Adam Roynon 12, Byron Bekker 10+4, James White Williams 9+1, Ashley Morris 7+1, Darryl Ritchings 5+3, Dan Greenwood 4+1.
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21.7.2012,  Stoke v Heathens, 43-47;
22.7.2012,  Nat'l Lge Pairs, Mildenhall.
Once again the Heathens overcame the absence of missing heat-leaders, (both Roynan and Morris were on duty with Workington in the P.Lge,) and at Stoke last night took 3 more league points to consolidate their position at the top of the National League. The evening started with disappointment in the race for the NL Match Race Championship for the Bronze Helmet when Tom Perry fell on the first lap when challenging Stoke's Ashley Birks. After then winning his first ride in the meeting proper Birks had to withdraw with food poisoning and so Heathens fans were denied the opportunity to see the pair in a real head-to-head. But Birks absence was hardly missed as their reserve Ben Reade stepped up to the line and became Potters top scorer with 17+1 points. Dudley's Dan Greenwood and Byron Bekker fell and were each excluded in turn in reruns of their first races, but the visitors were never trailing. However things looked like going against them in the last three heats. In Ht.13 Heathens' guest Steve Worrall fell, and on the last bend Byron's motor gave out on him but he managed to hang on to second place. In the next heat Perry's bike gave out again on the last bend when he was leading, and this time a Potter snook pass for the 3 points. Score, 40-44: Heathens can't loose but Stoke can make it a draw with a 5-1 ! Heathens line up with their top 2 riders against Potters' unbeaten No.1 Lambert, - but Perry loops at the gate ! Worrall flies from the gate to inflict on Lambert his only defeat of the night and we're home and dry!
STOKE 43: Ben Reade 17+1, Simon Lambert 14, Tony Atkin 6+2, Ashley Birks 3, Jack Kingston 2+1, Adam Wrathall 1, Ross Walter 0. DUDLEY 47: Steve Worrall 13+1, Tom Perry 12, Darryl Ritchings 8+2, Byron Bekker 7+2, Dan Greenwood 4+1, James White-Williams 3+1, Ashley Morris r/r.
MILDENHALL, Nat'l Lge Pairs:
Format: 2 sets of 4 pairs compete in 2 Semi's, each pair having 3 rides. Top 2 from each set meet in the 6-heat Final and another 3 rides each. Total programme of 18 heats. Scoring: 4,3,2,0.
In the first round home team riders Heeps and Blackbird of Mildenhall Fen Tigers dropped only one place in their 3 rides and Scunthorpe, (in the Heathens set,)  totted up the same 20pts with Gary Irving scoring a full max. Heathens score of 13 was sufficient to get them to the Final round, Byron Bekker holding 3 consistent second places in front of his partner Tom Perry, other than when Perry got "f.ex" in their first ride.  Form turned for BB & TP in the Final heats, as Byron got sent back 15m for touching the tapes. Perry won that heat then took 2 second places: - total 12pts and third place on the rostrum. Home side Mildenhall, with an obvious track advantage, took the trophy with 17pts.
SEMI's  
GROUP A
Buxton Hitmen:17 (Robert Branford 3',0,4 = 7+1;  Charles Wright 4,3,3' = 10+1)
Isle of Wight Islanders: 11 (Kyle Hughes 0,3',2 = 5+1;  Danny Warwick 2,4,0 = 6)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers: 20 (Cameron Heeps 4,2,3' = 9+1;  Lewis Blackbird 3',4,4 = 11+1)
Rye House Raiders: 06 (Ben Morley 2,0,2 = 4;  James Sarjeant 0,2,0 = 2)
GROUP B
Dudley Heathens: 13 (Tom Perry Fx,2',2' = 4+2;  Byron Bekker 3,3,3 = 9)
Kings Lynn Young Stars: 12  (James Cockle 2,R,0 = 2;  Lewis Kerr 4,2,4 = 10)
Scunthorpe Saints: 20 (Gary Irving 4,4,4 = 12;  Tom Young 2,3',3' = 8+2)
Stoke Potters: 09 (Ben Reade 0,0,0 = 0;  Simon Lambert 3,4,2 = 9)
FINAL
WINNERS - Mildenhall Fen Tigers: 17
(Cameron Heeps 3',4,4 = 11+1;  Lewis Blackbird 4,2,0 = 6)
SECOND - Buxton Hitmen: 14 (Robert Branford Fx,4,4 = 8;  Charles Wright 2,2,2 = 6)
THIRD  - Dudley Heathens: 12 (Tom Perry 4,3,3 = 10;  Byron Bekker 0,0,2' = 2+1.)
FOURTH - Scunthorpe Saints: 11 (Gary Irving 2',3,3 = 8+1;  Tom Young 3,0,0 = 3)
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17.7.2012: Dudley Heathens v. Scunthorpe Saints 58-33

Heathens rode to another massive score last night and returned to the top of the National Lge. table. Byron Bekker topped the score chart with 13+1 pts from 6  rides despite having fallen in his second heat when he seemed determined to stop Steve Worrall from maximising his tactical ride: Worrall stayed on and Bekker went down: (Hear Byron's explanation in a BBC interview, below.) Worrall and partner took a 8-1 for the Saints, one of only their 2 heat successes, both courtesy of Worrall who top-scored for the visitors with 14 pts. There were falls all around as several of the Heathens, rusty without action for the last 3 weeks because of the weather, tried too hard to keep the score maximised after starting with four 5-1s even though they were without Tom Perry, who was riding elsewhere for Somerset in the Premier Lge. Roynon, who has been kept match fit by his rides for Workington and Coventry in the PL and EL, lowered the track record once more in heat 6. Saints tried another Tactical ride in Ht.9 but this time to no avail as Bekker & partner took a 5-1 for the Heathens.  Skipper Adam Roynon was unbeaten with 12 pts, as was Ashley Morris (11+1) until his last ride when he fell wildly chasing Worrall. Ditto Darryl Ritching: 10+2 +a fall !  
DUDLEY 58: Byron Bekker 13+1, Adam Roynon 12, Ashley Morris 11+1, Darryl Ritchings 10+2, Dan Greenwood 6+3, James White-Williams 6+1, Tom Perry R/R.  SCUNTHORPE 33: Steve Worrall 14+1, Oliver Greenwood 6+1, Max Clegg 4+1, Danny Phillips 3+1, Tommy Fenwick 3+1, Tom Young 3, Gary Irving R/R.
After 3 weeks without any racing because of downpours across the UK the Heathens get busier in the next 7 days with meetings at Stoke on Saturday, NL Pairs Chmpshp on Sun. at Mildenhall, (Heathens tracking Byron and Tom Perry,) and Isle of Wight away next Tuesday. Small beer to their skipper Adam Roynon, riding in all three  leagues (for Coventry, Workington & Heathens respectively,) - he has a meeting every night for 8 consecutive nights, including guest appearances as well as for his own clubs.
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26.6.2012, Dudley Heathens v. Buxton Hitmen 69-23.
Another record-breaking win for the Heathens as their 3 heat-leaders all scored max's, every rider got at least one heat win, none came last, and the opposition failed to provide one single race-winner. That may sound like a boring meeting but couldn't be farther from the truth as so many heats provided great racing with plenty of passing and re-passing, on a night when we saw a new more forceful Byron Bekker. In Ht.3 he and Luke Priest went side-by side down the back straight for the first time. Into bend 3 with BB inside, still together, so close that someone had to go but it was Priest who couldn't hold it and fell away, untouched. A number of the visiting riders took a fall, and even Heathens' reserve Dan Greenwiood did almost a 360° doughnut and rode into the airfence, still upright, backed out and rode away ½ lap behind, to pick up a point when the visitors' No.7 fell on the last lap !
In Ht.14 whilst his team mate got away Byron had a ding-dong with Dean Felton for 2nd place, the Hitman leading him for 3½ laps with BB trying at every bend to get around him. On the last turn he turned inside and just kept it on and forced a way thru somehow to take the chequered flag behind his team-mate for another Heathens 5-1 and a final score for himself of 8 paid 10.  In the nominated Ht.15 Ashley Morris passed and repassed the Buxton skipper on practically ever turn as the latter with an apparently faster motor pulled away down each straight, but the local lad found something on the final lap to come in behind Perry for the home team's 9th 5-1 and a record Home score.

HEATHENS 69: Tom Perry 14+1, Ashley Morris 13+2, Adam Roynon 12, Byron Bekker 8+2, Darryl Ritchings 8+2, Dan Greenwood 8+2, James White-Williams 6. BUXTON 23: Robert Branford 10, Luke Priest 4, Adam McKinna 4, Dean Felton 3, Chris Widman 1, Ryan Blacklock 1, Richard Andrews 0.
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24.6.2012:  Boet's Golden Boot, Walkerville.
Mac Magill returned to the track to take the Golden Boot trophy after a race-off when he and Neil Pettit drew on 10 pts from their scheduled rides in the 4x 1-lap Final of the day.   Pettit had been unbeaten in the earlier heats, and continued his form for the first two single laps, but Magill had a turn of speed when it began to matter in the last 2 laps and ultimately in the race-off.   ACTION PHOTOS     FULL RESULTS 

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16.6.2012, Rye House v. Heathens 38-53

17.6.2012,   Buxton  v.  Heathens 27-65
Biggest ever away win, - Heathens go to the top of the table.
 

           Rt: 3-on-a-bike "Victors' Lap of Honour" @ Buxton; JWW,DG,BB.

Heathens score their biggest ever away win and go to the top of the table.
Dudley Heathens had a great week-end on their travels to Rye House and Buxton, and Byron Bekker had an equally satisfying time with paid 11 pts on both occasion, beaten only once by the opposition yesterday as his team went 5 pts clear at the top of the Nat'l Lge table. Heathens are unbeaten in the league even though that has involved only one home match so far.
At Rye House the Heathens, second on the bill after the RH v Somerset match, were never behind after the first heat, romping way to a 53-38 away win. 6 of their 7 riders had at least one heat win, and Byron had his best night to date topping the score chart with Adam Roynon with a paid 11 points having been accorded the honour of a nominated ride in Ht.15 where each team's top 2 riders meet.
20 hours later I watched the Heathens back in action in the Derbyshire hills, taking on Buxton Hitmen, and they started by reeling off 3 5-1s to start the meeting. It could have been 4 had not Ashley Morris almost dropped it on the first bend of Ht.4. Ashley Birks, guesting in place of skipper Roynon, (riding for his P.Lge club Workington,) scored a max 12 points, Ashley M. and Tom Perry were both paid 14 and Byron Bekker paid 11 from 4 rides. The 38 pt margin constitutes Heathens' biggest every away win, - Cradley or Dudley - , and only twice in 30 rides yesterday were they last man across the line. The boys were making the gate and had the power into the straights, (even on borrowed engines: they've great camaraderie.) The outcome is that they now top the table and look on course to add more silverware as the season progresses. Their next meeting is the re-arranged 'National League Fours' title at Stoke on Sat. 23rd June.      
ADDENDUM: For the second time this season the NL4s were rained off on 23rd.

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RYE HOUSE 38:
Jason Garrity 12, Ben Morley 12, James Sarjeant 7, Shane Hazelden 4+1, Luke Chessell 1+1, Nick Lawrence 1, Rikki Mullins 1. 
DUDLEY 53: Adam Roynon 11, Byron Bekker 10+1, Dan Greenwood 9+1, Ashley Morris 8+1, Tom Perry 6+2, Darryl Ritchings 5+2, James White-Williams 4.
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BUXTON 27
: Robert Branford 9, Adam McKinna 6, Luke Priest 5+1, Dean Felton 4, Ryan Blacklock 2+1, Richard Andrews 1, Michael Neale 0. 
DUDLEY 65: Tom Perry 13+1, Ashley Birks 12, Ashley Morris 11+3, Dan Greenwood 10+1, Byron Bekker 8+3, Darryl Ritchings 7+1, James White-Williams 4+2.
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12.6.2012, Dudley Heathens v. Isle of Wight  KOC SF, 60-32.
Despite a number of falls by Heathens riders which cost them points the Dudley team nonetheless produced a good lead in their first leg of this Knock-Out Cup Semi-Final last night. The Islanders produced only one heat winner all night when their No.1 got the better of Tom Perry and Byron Bekker  but Hughes failed to deliver when he took a tactical ride in his next race. The track seemed somewhat deeper and less smooth than usual and Morris, Greenwood, (twice) and Byron took falls, BB's being the most costly as both forks and the frame diamond were badly damaged depite it being an air fence collision. At half-way the score was 29-21 and Heathens went better  taking 5  5-1s in the last 6 heats for a 28pt lead for the return. The return leg on the Island is in 3 weeks time on July 3rd. Byron has made a few PR appearances for his sponsors  in Halesowen and Dudley recently and now has a Fanzine which can be subscribed to via slwalker1972@live.co.uk 
HEATHENS 60: Tom Perry 13+1, Ashley Morris 12, Adam Roynon 11+1, Darryl Ritchings 7+3, Byron Bekker 6+2, Dan Greenwood 6, James White-Williams 5+1. ISLE OF WIGHT 32: Kyle Hughes 7+1, Danny Stoneman 6+3, Danny Warwick 6, Gary Cottham 5+1, Paul Starke 4, Ben Hopwood 3+1, Aaron Baseby 1.
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2.6.2012,  Rustenberg Raceway
On Saturday 2nd June, 9 sidecars and 8 speedway riders went to the North West province town of Rustenberg to race at the Rustenberg Raceway.
The solo speedway “A” section was won by Lyle Kotze who was one point ahead of Jason Cole in second place. Neil Pettit came third, after breaking a chain in the last lap of the last heat and being unable to finish the race. Hansie Kleynhans took first place in the speedway “B” section riders section with Grant Frank on 5 points in second place. Peter Buck also on 5 points got third place.
The sidecars was won by Alfie and Juan Pierre Kotze on 11 points, with Renier le Roux & jockey Gordon Butler hot on their heels finishing 2nd on 10 points. Third place slot went to Deon Kruger & Donovan Butler who ended on 9 points.
 
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27.5.2012,  Team Monarchs vs Team Wild Bunch.
The Monarchs vs Wild Bunch team racing held on 27th May 2012 at Walkerville Raceway proved to be nail biting with only 2 points deciding the winning team. At the end of the day, it was Team Wild Bunch who took the trophy for the 2nd year in a row with a total of 84 points to 82 points, which were made up of points from the Solo Speedway heats plus the points from the Sidecar heats.
The Wild Bunch Solo team, captained by Damien Devine, scored 42 points including 4 bonus points, but could not catch the Monarchs Solo team, who were led to victory by captain, Neil Pettit, with a 5 point lead ending on a total of 48 points.
The Wild Bunch Sidecar team was on top form with rider Renier le Roux & jockey Gordon Butler scoring 12 points before a blown engine, in the final, robbed them of the maximum of 16 points. Deon Kruger & Donovan Butler scored 12 points, with Johannesburg outfit Sean & Dean Todd scoring 11 points. The team scored a total of 42 points including 2 bonus points.
The Monarchs sidecar team had bad luck with John Allsop having to withdraw from the race in the 3rd heat after blowing an engine. Riaan van der Merwe encountered engine problems and had to forfeit the 2nd heat. Riaan Kruger & Johan Herbst scored 15 points while team mates Derrick “2 dogs” Hilliar & jockey Gordan Raath got 10 points. The team only managed to score a total of 34 points.
 
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27.5.2012: Scunthorpe Saints v Dudley Heathens, Nat'l Lge. 43-46
29.5.2012: Dudley Heathens v. Mildenhall Fen Tigers, NL Shield. 52-41; Aggr. score 98-88.

There were mixed fortunes for Byron Bekker as Heathens continued their winning run over the last few days despite BB's bike troubles. At his old club Scunny where he might have expected to bag points he suffered first a loose throttle and then a thrown chain in his first 2 rides before taking 5 paid 6 pts from his next 3 rides. In a close match throughout the Heathens, without Tom Perry on UK U21 duty, never lead but were just 2 points behind entering the final heat so needed a 5-1 for a win. With the travelling Heathens fans far outnumbering the combined Scunny and Kings Lynn followers, (their match having been  second on a double-header bill with KL,)  luck was on their side as both Saints riders suffered ef's to see the former Cradley team win the match 46-43 and their fans go home very happy.
SCUNTHORPE 43: Tom Young 12, Jerran Hart 10, Gary Irving 8, Max Clegg 7, Danny Phillips 4+2, Tommy Fenwick 2+2, Steve Worrall r/r. DUDLEY 46: Adam Roynon 14, Ashley Morris 11+1, Dan Greenwood 8+4, Byron Bekker 5+1, James White-Williams 5, Darryl Ritchings 3, Tom Perry r/r.

Last night's home meeting against Mildenhall was the second leg of the NL Shield, Dudley having lost by just 1pt. in the first leg in Suffolk, but on the eve Byron blew the plug thread of his motor and had to make a hectic drive North to collect another for the Tuesday meeting. On this engine he seemed to fly and took a win and a paid win, his joy with these clearly demonstrated as he and Tom Perry, returning from UK U21 duty, did their winners' laps.  The 2 wins with TP were part of 3 consecutive Heathens 5-1s  that saw them leading 23-7 by Ht.5 and a walk-over seemed on the cards. But with a successful Tactical Ride result in Ht.8, Byron making another close inspection of the track surface in Ht.9 and then skipper Roynan also falling in Ht.10 the Tigers pulled back and we wondered if a repeat of Sunday's reversal for a visiting team was about to recur as next Ashley Morris took a fall in Ht.13 !  But another 5-1 from Byron and his team-mate Darryl Ritching in the penultimate race settled the match in Dudley's favour, - fortunately, as Roynan again almost dropped it and Tigers took a 4-2. Result on the night, 52-41; overall aggregate score 98-88 and Heathens take the NL Shield for a second consecutive year, (where BB had also guested in the Heathens' 2011 win.)  At the presentation after the match management and the team dedicated their National Shield win to their loyal supporters, who number the largest in the NL, if not the 3 leagues, and certainly the greatest in travelling 'away' support.  Heathens have now won their last 6 matches, - 3 home and 3 away - , and in terms of events have not been beaten this season, having drawn with Stoke the 2-leg Staffordshire Cup.

DUDLEY 52 (98): Adam Roynon 11, Tom Perry 10+1, Ashley Morris 9, Byron Bekker 8+1, Darryl Ritchings 6+1, Dan Greenwood 5+1, James White-Williams 3+1.
MILDENHALL 41 (88): Nathan Stoneman 13, Cameron Heeps 10, Stefan Nielsen 10, Lewis Blackbird 4+3, Daniel Halsey 4+2, Joe Jacobs 0, Tom Woolley 0.

 
Heathens' supporters, - incl'g Bekker fans - , at Monmore Green last night.      

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23.5.2012: Bekker back into double figures as Heathens take biggest win.
   With a score of 11+2 from 5 rides Byron Bekker was back to something like his true form last night as Dudley Heathens raced to their biggest ever win, - 66-24 against Kings Lynn Young Stars. Riding at No.3 in the absence of regular partner Tom Perry who was racing for Somerset in the Premier Lge, BB didn´t initially look too comfortable as he slipped from 2nd to 4th but he recovered the position to come in behind KL´s Lewis Kerr,  one of the Stars only 2 race wins. The two were out again in Ht.5 as both teams were using R/R ( Rider Replacement rule.) Kerr at the back fell but this time clears the track to allow the Heathens to continue for a 5-1, (unlike last week at KL when his lack of action caused the race to be stopped and Heathens fans´ reactions to receive adverse critism!) BB content to sit behind his team-mate and take a paid win. Another 5-1 with reserve Dan Greenwood in Ht.8 and another paid win for Byron. He´s out again in Ht.9 for 2 on the trot: this time a 3-3 and second place behind KL´s only other race winner Jake Knight. In BB´s fifth and final ride team-mate Dan Greenwood causes a panic as first his bike fails on the way to the tapes and Ashley Morris has to step up with a bike, only for DG to end up under the airbag as its a tight first corner for the Heathens´two. Byron hangs on and takes the chequered flag to end the night with a heat win.  Best-ever result for Heathens; ten 5-1s, and maximums, (actual and paid,) for skipper Adam Roynon and Ashley Morris.
HEATHENS 66: Adam Roynon 15, Ashley Morris 13+2, Byron Bekker 11+2, Darryl Ritchings 9+4, James White Williams 9+2, Dan Greenwood 9+1, Tom Perry r/r.  KING’S LYNN 24: Lewis Kerr 8, Brendan Johnson 6, Jake Knight 5, Tom Stokes 2+1, Adam Lowe 2, Scott Campos 1, James Cockle r/r. 
  
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PREVIEW: Walkerville Sun.27th May 2012 – Monarchs vs The Wild Bunch
Team success in any sport is all down to commitment and desire of the players, or the riders in the case of Speedway racing. When it comes to the TEAM MONARCHS vs TEAM WILD BUNCH race meeting, the action that will follow will be thick and fast. With the MONARCHS having lost the trophy to the WILD BUNCH for the first time since 2008, they will be wanting to get it back in 2012 !
With plenty of Sidecar & Speedway action, which team is going to win the day? Be sure to get to the Walkerville Raceway at the Walkerville Showgrounds on SUNDAY 27th May 2012, racing starts at 1pm.
The entrance fee is R20-00 per person and free parking is available. The Country Kitchen as well as the Deep South Pub & Grill will look after all your catering needs. For further information or if you would like to sponsor a race, please contact Pat on 082 578 5941 or Hansie 083 292 5355. 
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16.5.2012: Heathens win first league match but Byron's run of bad luck continues.
In their first National League match of the season away to Kings Lynn Young Stars last night the Dudley Heathens pulled off a late but convincing win with three 5-1s in the last 4 heats for a 47-42 win. But the joy was tempered by another fall for Byron Bekker in his first ride, injuring his left hand and the knee damaged last season and causing his withdrawl from the match which may also mean his absence from next Tuesday’s return at Monmore unless he can convince medics to rescind last night’s opinion. Just 10 days ago Byron had a hectic May holiday schedule with 4 meetings in 5 days  and took a battering at Stoke which also caused his withdrawl, followed by another fall at home in his second ride but he battled on to take 6pts that evening.
Byron’s Ht.3 fall last night had been preceded by falls by both his team-mates Ritching and Greenwood when the latter had been leading, and that 5-0 and a 5-1 to the Stars in Ht.6 saw the home team with a 9pt. lead and the Heathens supporters present foresaw possible defeat. But a 5-1 from Greenwood and Perry, and further faultless rides by skipper Adam Roynon who went on to score a 15pt max kept the difference to 5pts for the next 4 heats until the 5-1s started coming in, - and this despite the loss of another blown motor for Tom Perry, his third in 3 weeks, who then had to loan a bike thanks to Byron’s team spirit.
 KING’S LYNN 42: Tom Stokes 10, Scott Campos 9+2, James Cockle 8+1, Adam Lowe 8+1, Lewis Kerr 6+1, Jake Knight 1+1, Brendan Johnson R/R.
DUDLEY 47: Adam Roynon 15, Ashley Morris 10+2, Tom Perry 9+1, Dan Greenwood 7+1, Darryl Ritchings 5+1, James White-Williams 1+1, Byron Bekker 0.       Photos

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British U21 Championship,  Dudley(W'ton)  24.4.2012
After a long night of falls, exclusions, re-runs and ultimately not just broken tapes but a broken starting gate too, - the deciding Final was started with an elastic band - , Sheffield's 20 year old Joe Haines emerged victorious to take his second British U21 championship at Monmore Green last night.  Favourite Ritchie Worrall was unbeaten in the rides he completed, but with 2 exclusions he had to be content with securing a place in the World U21 qualifiers also with the other 3 finalists, Haines, second-place local Heathen Tom Perry, the current British U21 Grass Track champion, and Kyle Howarth of Workington. Full point scorers, heat details and brief notes of the dramas can be found  here.

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7.4.2012  George Oval, Western Cape.
      On a cool evening at the George Oval our cub reporter joined a good-sized crowd to welcome the WSRC and the roar of speedway bikes back to the Southern Cape yesterday.  In the first leg of the National Speedway Revival Tour three speedway classes and Aussie style sidecars from the WSRC were presented along with flat-track and quad bike races in a professional and slickly-run programme. On a well prepared track the racing was keen and closely contested with the winners of the speedway classes not decided until after the final set of races. In the Premier class Neil Pettit, the current SA Champion, and Mac Magill, the 2010 winner, battled hard for the victory laurels and after three heats Pettit had a narrow one point lead. In his final race Pettit was last out of the gate but made up the leeway with thrilling passes over Damien Devine and Magill to end the night on 11 points. Magill finished on 9 points, Damien Devine on 6 whilst Bobby Devine failed to score after engine problems in his first race meant an early retirement from the meeting.      
       The U-21 class was the closest of all with three riders on 5 points after the first three races and everything to ride for in the final heat. Unfortunately, Lyle Kotze was unable to contest this race after experiencing engine problems so it was a head to head between Jason Cole and Justin Steyn with Cole emerging a comfortable winner.  In the Support class, honours went to Grant Frank from Hansie Kleynhans. Frank’s win was notable as it was his first in speedway after only having taken up the sport in October last year. He was given the traditional 'bumps' by his fellow riders in recognition of this achievement. The Aussie-type sidecars thrilled the crowd with their skillful and gravity defying riding and the father and son team from Welkom, Alfie and Juan Kotze, emerged comfortable victors having won three of the four races. The programme left the crowd wanting more with the locals hoping for a repeat show in 2013.  
SCORERS:  Team Olivetti 30 (Neil Pettit 11, Bobby Devine 0, Jason Cole 8+1, Gio Nunes (ns,-ef.), Hansie Kleynhans 8, Peter Buck 1+1).  Team Allied 50 (Mac Magill 9, Damien Devine 6+4, Lyle Kotze 5, Justin Steyn 7+2, Grant Frank 10+1, Brandon Devine 5+1).                                                                                                          

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4.4.2012 Dudley, UK:  Heathens 47, Stoke Potters 43.
WSRC's webmaster was at Monmore green yesterday to see Dudley Heathens, Byron Bekker's new UK team, take on last year's National Lge. table-toppers Stoke Potters in their season-opener Challenge match. With a final score of 47-43 it was a close match throughout, but Bekker's score of 8 plus 3 bonus points was more than satisfying, being beaten only once by an opposition rider to total paid 11 from a possible maximum of 12 pts.
Paired with new team-mate Tom Perry, British U21 Grass Track Champion, Byron won his fourth ride in the penultimate heat of the night to see Heathens enter the final Ht.15 just ahead by 2pts and so needing no more than a a split heat result to ensure a win. No.1 Adam Roynon duly obliged with a win, and with Perry taking third place a positive result was safeguarded for the large crowd of faithful supporters to go home happy.
Skipper Roynon was beaten only once all evening, - by Potters' top scorer Ritchie Worrall - ,  to run up a score of 14pts from 5 rides, but the Heathen had the better of the two's first and last encounters in Ht's 6 & 15.  It was also Worrall that denied both Bekker and Perry an unbeaten score, when he headed them over the line in Ht.9.
For the return leg of the Staffordshire Cup challenge in 10 days time Heathens will be expecting 17 year old Ashley Morris to produce the form expected of him if they are to win on aggregate: Morris took 2 simple early falls in both his first 2 rides and gave Potters their only 5-1s. Potters drew level at 24-24 at Ht.8 and for the rest of the match until the final heat the 2 teams were never more than 2pts adrift keeping the fans on the edge of their seats with suspense. Bekker's Ht.14 win took Heathens in front once more, to leave his skipper to do what was expected of him, - and which he duly obliged.
The South African has relocated his UK based from Yorkshire to the Black Country where he's receiving local dialect coaching from his sponsor/mechanic/employer John Tibbetts as he takes up a new vocation in interior decorating !

SCORERS: Dudley 47: Adam Roynon 14, Tom Perry 12, Byron Bekker 8+3, Darryl Ritchings 6+1, Dan Greenwood 3, Ashley Morris 2, James White Williams 2
Stoke 43: Richie Worrall 12+1, Ben Reade 10+1, Tony Atkin 7+1, Ashley Birks 6, Oliver Greenwood 4+1, Jaimie Pickard 4+1,Dan Berwick 0                                                                                                    
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22.3.2012, Walkerville:  1st Round of SA National this Weekend.
The next speedway meeting at the Walkerville race track will be the Dot Engineering National Championship 1st Round, which will be held on Sunday the 25th March with racing starting at 1pm.
Get your friends and families together and come for some great racing action.
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 15.3.2012,  George Herald:    "Speedway Revival Promises Fun"   
  Racing enthusiasts around the Garden Route can look forward to some spectacular local racing to be held in George on Fri. April 6th. Allied Speedway in association with the Walkerville Speedway Club are staging an Oval Track Extravaganza, featuring the very best South African speedway riders. They will be showing their skills and daring at the George Oval near the Showgrounds and everyone is welcome to attend this first leg of the speedway tour – the riders are ready to race ! Gate entrance will be kept low at R50 for adults and R20 for school-going kids. Apart from the main attraction of the Speedway Stars there will be local riders taking part in the bike and quad oval racing and a few novelty events to add to the evening entertainment.                                                                                                                  

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10.3.2012, Dudley, UK:   Byron meets new team-mates at Heathens Press Day.
Byron Bekker met his new Dudley Heathens team-mates at their Press Day yesterday when the speedway club's new race jacket was also revealed. Having guested for them in previous seasons both the rider and the club were keen to make the South African a permanent Heathen for 2012.  The club, which produced a record 8 World Speedway Championships in its heyday as Cradley Heath Heathens until they lost their Dudley Wood home to redevelopment now race at Monmore Green, Wolverhampton, sharing the track with the Elite league speedway club to stage their National League fixtures. Dudley Heathens have their first fixture on Tuesday 3rd April against visiting Stoke Potters in a local derby Challenge match for the Staffordshire Cup, the return leg being on Sat. 14 April. But between those dates the Heathens first away fixture is at Mildenhall, Suffolk, against the Fen Tigers in the NL Shield competition. 
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  28.2.2012,  WSRC  1st REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Rd.1, Walkerville.
The 1st Northern Regions race meeting was held at Walkerville Raceway on Sunday 26th February. In the Premier speedway division Mac Magill and Neil Pettit fought it out from the first heat with Magill leading Pettit for the first three laps. In the last lap Pettit surprised Magill by overtaking in corner four and taking the chequered flag. The next heat was also taken by Pettit after Magill fell in the third lap and did not finish. In heat three and four, although Magill managed to a win in each heat, the final points were Neil Pettit first on 10 points, Mac Magill second on 8 points and  DJ Devine, after having bike problems, came third with 5 points.
The Under 21 class saw some excellent speedway from Jason Cole who has only been racing since the beginning of 2011. He was untouchable in the first three heats leading the other riders in the class and winning the first three races. In the last heat he fell and although he lost the lead, he managed to finish third in the heat. The final results were Jason Cole on 10 points, Justin Steyn on 7 points and Ashley Brill on 5 points. The speedway stars had newcomer, Grant Frank, giving veteran rider, Hansie Kleynhans, a good challenge. Frank won two of the heats by crossing the winning tape just ahead of Kleynhans, with both riders finishing on a total of 10 points. The Mascot Speedway class was won by Robin Brill on 11 points.
The Australian sidecars had four riders all edging to get into the lead, but it was Derrick “2 Dogs” Hilliar with jockey Gordan Raath, winning the first three heats and a second in the fourth heat, who were the overall winners in the end. Second place went to Riaan van der Merwe and jockey Richard Sharp from Lichtenberg and in third place was Deon Kruger and jockey Donovan Butler from Klerksdorp.        
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WALKERVILLE,  29 Jan. 2012.  SA National Championship, 3rd/Final Round - rerun results
WALKERVILLE,  11 Dec. 2011.  SA National Championship, 3rd/Final Round:

The Dot Engineering National Final was held on Sunday11th December 2011 at the Walkerville Raceway.
The speedway classes each got to ride their first heat and then, unfortunately due to a serious accident with the four sidecars in their first heat the rest of the days racing was marred. Shortly after the accident there was a rainstorm, which resulted in the track being too wet and not safe to continue the race meeting. Most of the few riders did, however, use the opportunity to have a practice once the rain had stopped.
The following results were recorded for the first heat: Premier Speedway Mac Magill came 2nd after Neil Pettit won the gate and managed to keep ahead of Magill for all four laps. The Under 21 Speedway first heat with three riders Justin Steyn,  Ashley Brill & Jason Cole gave the crowd some thrilling racing action with Jason Cole taking the lead from Ashley Brill in the third lap and claiming the win. The Speedway Stars was convincingly won by Hansie Kleynhans. The programme will be rerun in January 2012.
This race meeting was also a fund raising event in aid of cancer baby Reef Carneson, for which an amount of R5, 000 was raised. Thanks goes to all spectators, supporters and riders who were there and bought tickets for the raffle. A special thanks goes to the sponsors for their contributions towards “The Reef Fund” –  Walkerville SPAR for the hamper, Mibern for sponsoring the medical services, Fourways Motorcycles, Trevor Ansley of the Walkerville track, Walkerville Speedway Riders Club, A & P Properties and all other spectators and riders for their contributions.                                                                
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5.12.2011,  WALKERVILLE:     CHARITY RACE MEETING AT WALKERVILLE SPEEDWAY
The Dot Engineering National Final will be held be on Sunday 11th December 2011 at the Walkerville Showgrounds, old Vereeniging/Jhb road, Walkerville. This is the final round of 3 race meetings to determine the National Champ for 2011. The spedway sidecars will be there in full force with at least 6 sidecars coming from Orkney/Klerksdorp/Welkom as well as the 3 outfits from Johannesburg. This race meeting will incorporate a fund raising event in aid of cancer baby Reef Carneson, who has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. Entry for this special race meeting is R30-00 per person which includes 1 ticket into a lucky draw, sponsored by Walkerville SPAR. For further information or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Mac 0721863495 or Pat 0825785941.   
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 21.11.2011,   WALKERVILLE:      FUTURE DATES
Mark the dates in your calendar for the last 2 speedway race meetings for this year at the Walkerville oval track. The memorial meeting is dedicated to the late “Mr Speedway” Buddy Fuller and Dudleigh Long another late speedway rider. This meeting will be held on Sunday 27th November 2011 starting at 1-00pm.  In addition to the Speedway racing, there will be 3 local Australian sidecar outfits, plus 2 sidecars from Welkom and the peewees and quads. The National Final will be held be on Sunday 11th December 2011 with racing starting at 1-00pm. This is the final round of 3 race meetings to determine the National Champ for 2011. The sidecars will be there in full force with at least 6 sidecars coming from Orkney/Klerksdorp/Welkom as well as the 3 outfits from Johannesburg.
This race meeting will incorporate a fund raising event in aid of cancer baby Reef Carneson, who has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. Entry for this special race meeting is R30-00 per person which includes 1 ticket into a lucky draw, sponsored by Walkerville SPAR. For further information or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Mac 0721863495 or Pat 0825785941.     
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 8.10.2011, Walkerville:    BEST PAIRS;  GOLDEN BOOT;  GOLDEN HELMET.

The oval track at Walkerville saw superb solo speedway racing in the past few weeks. The Best Pairs race meeting held on 30th August saw the experience of Speedway rider Bobby Devine come through. Devine, riding for team Cambrian Sports Bar, was paired with Under 21 youngster Ashley Brill. The pair had a great tactical ride winning the day ahead of Damien Devine and Lyle Kotze. The Dot Engineering team of Neil Pettit and Jason Cole came 3rd.

The final of the Sidecars speedway kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with seven sidecars on the track racing together, running five laps instead of the usual four. The winning outfit on a total of 15 points was Renier le Roux & Gordon Butler from Orkney. The 2nd place was taken by father & son Johannesburg based outfit, Sean Todd and jockey Dean Todd with 12 points.

The Boet Strydom Golden boot was held on 4th September with Neil Pettit winning the coveted Golden Boot trophy with the maximum of 12 points. The under 21 class was won by Justin Steyn with Jason Cole in 2nd place and Lyle Kotze 3rd. Newcomer and 1st time Speedway rider, Shane Whyte surprised the crowd by winning three out of his four races and taking 1st place in the Speedway stars class with Hansie Kleynhans in 2nd place.

The quads put on good racing with the Brandt family stealing the show. Pieter Brandt won the PRO class with Johan Nortje in 2nd place and Kobus Brandt taking 3rd place. Annatjie Brandt once again took the podium position in the ladies class with Chantel Brandt in 2nd place and Vicky Enslin in 3rd.

On the 2nd October the Golden Helmet/Silver Sash race meeting was held at the Walkerville track. The Golden Helmet for the premier speedway class was won by Mac Magill who went into the final just one point behind last years winner, Neil Pettit. Unfortunately Pettit encountered engine problems at the start and did not finish the race. The under 21 trophy & Silver Sash went to Justin Steyn who dropped only one point over his four races with eleven points. The speedway stars class was won by Shane Whyte who finished one point ahead of Hansie Kleyhans. Robin Brill took 1st place in the speedway mascot class. Sean Todd and jockey Dean Todd once again showed the crowd how sidecar racing is done when they took 1st place. Orkney outfit Renier le Roux and Gordon Butler came second and Johannesburg based John Allsop and Stef took 3rd place. Johan Nortje won the quads PRO class.

The next race meeting at the Walkerville speedway track will be the Regional Final on SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER, with racing starting at 12-30. There will be the usual Speedway classes as well as a few local sidecars, peewees and quads.

Get your friends and families together and come out for a great day’s racing.
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