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Arena Essex Raceway set to close at the end of the season

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:34 02 August 2018

Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Lakeside Hammers remain hopeful of running speedway despite the news breaking that the Arena Essex Raceway landlors are opting not to continue into 2019.

The club released a statement saying they’re heartened, nevertheless, by our ongoing talks with the new landowners and considerable support for Speedway to continue in the area.

While the track is still in site we will talk to them about the continuation of Speedway at Arena, given the success of this season, the increased attendances from 2017, and the exciting plans formulated by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association for season 2019.

In the meantime it’s business as usual with a local derby at the Raceway against Ipswich Witches on Friday - and the next three months with our terrific young team of 2018 to enjoy while we continue to work steadfastly on securing our long term future.

Landlord Lesley Wootten said: “Our 40th celebration year has been challenging to say the least and with deep sadness we regret to announce it will be our last.

“Contending with our great British weather with the first two months of the season seeing both opening events for the Rolling Thunder Show and King of the Ring events being cancelled due to freezing weather conditions and our own season opener being held in minus 11 degrees followed by a cold and miserable Easter weekend didn’t make for a great start to the year.

“The Lakeside Hammers on a continuing downward spiral in terms of spectator support as well as having meetings cancelled not just due to weather conditions but ongoing issues with the BSPA to contend with also heavily impacted the Raceway’s income.

“The above along with the amount of investment needed to just maintain the stadium plus the continued increasing costs for compliance, insurance and health and safety has led to the Raceway no longer being financially sustainable and therefore with great sadness and a heavy heart we have to advise 2018 will be the last racing season for the Woodroffe family.”

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