Sunday July 15, 2012
It was a new team line-up and a new start for the Buxton Hitmen on Sunday as they triumphed over the Rye House Raiders 60 – 33 in their first home meeting since the 17th of June.

The Buxton team have struggled so far this season with fixtures being postponed due to the weather and injuries within the team with both Michael Neale and Richard Andrews out with broken bones. So the promoters have used the time to find two other riders, bringing in Ex Hitmen favourite Charles Wright to take the number one spot and Chris Widman in at reserve and it seems to have boosted the moral within the team. “Charles Wright is back and he’s been the one rider we’ve been missing all year. We’ve been saying we feel like we are a rider short in the top five all season and now we’ve got him and it’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves again, its really boosted the team knowing they have another top scoring rider and now we can look at racing and winning matches and if we can hang on to Charles for the rest of the season without him being picked up by a higher league, and keep winning like this I can’t see any reason why we won’t shoot back up the league” said Team Manger Jack Lee who celebrated his 71st birthday on Sunday “winning today like this has been a great birthday present, just what I wanted the lads have done really well for me today and made my birthday really great”

But Jack says there is still a long way to go “We can’t rest on our laurels now thinking we’ve got loads of meetings left to get up the league, so we could do with winning some away meetings now. We have a hard one coming up away at Mildenhall on Saturday but if the boys do what they did today and really get into it, we could run them close or even beat them.”

Next Sunday sees the annual staging of Short Track Racing up at the Buxton Speedway track with ex Hitmen rider Adam Allott keen to make an impression. Practice starts at 11.30am and racing from 1pm. The Hitmen’s next home meeting is on July 29th against title favourites Mildenhall.