Sunday June 09, 2013
THE Buxton Hitmen were narrowly defeated 43-47on Sunday in the return leg of the National Trophy against Mildenhall.

However the team were in high spirits as they have gained a vitally important team sponsor; Addison Engineering Services.

The company from Swadlincote started in 1996 by Allan and Diane Bird works in the business of design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair of industrial hydraulic cylinders for customers all over the UK and Western Europe. Allan is a keen speedway fan and has been watching the sport since the 1970’s “When I started watching speedway it was during the days when you were lucky to park within a mile of Coventry’s Brandon Stadium for the British final and we had one off world finals in a packed Wembley stadium.” Speedways mainstream popularity has changed over the last few years which is why Allan started watching the smaller teams in the National League “Nowadays I prefer the grass roots end of the sport, it's good to watch riders progress from National league reserve’s to greater achievements.” Hitmen ex rider Craig Cook is one such rider, who helped the team win the triple in 2010 and is now racing in the Elite league and last week was seen as a grand prix reserve.

Tom Woolley, from Burton is one of this season’s new signings and latest face to Speedway, Sunday saw him win his first race and speaking afterwards said his move from short track to speedway is going well “Every meeting I seem to be improving and I’m getting better at bike set ups, today I’ve had my first heat win so things can only get better from here on and I’m really enjoying myself.” Tom’s inclusion in this year’s team led Allan to becoming involved with the Buxton Hitmen “Teams like the Buxton Hitmen provide great opportunities for youngsters to get into the sport and they benefit greatly from riding with the more experienced riders in the team. I think the National league is a good product and if we can help in a small way we are more than happy to do so and hope this is the start of a long term association with the Buxton club.”

The Buxton Hitmen speedway team race most Sundays from 3pm.

The Speedway track also provides opportunities for training with two speedway schools using the track as their home. www.rideandskidit.com and the Andy Meredith Speedway Academy both take people from their first ride on a speedway bike to racing standard. Visit the Buxton Speedway website for more information www.buxtonhitmen.co

BUXTON 43: Charles Wright 13+1, Adam McKinna 9+1, Robert Branford 9, Matt Williamson 8+2, Tom Woolley 4+1, Tyler Govier 0, Ryan Blacklock R/R.

MILDENHALL 47: Stefan Nielsen 13, Josh Bates 10, Danny Halsey 9+1, Liam Rumsey 5, Jon Armstrong 4+3, Nathan Stoneman 3+1, Aaron Baseby 3+1.