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Lakeside Hammers announce Lee Richardson Spring Classic line-up

PUBLISHED: 09:30 08 March 2018

The late Lee Richardson salutes the Lakeside Hammers supporters in 2012 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The late Lee Richardson salutes the Lakeside Hammers supporters in 2012 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Lakeside Hammers have assembled an exciting field for their opening meeting of the season and hope it help bring the crowd in ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The club will once again remember one of their favourite riders with the Lee Richardson #RICO Spring Classic at the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday, March 23 (8pm).

It will be the first chance fans have to see the new-look Hammers, including Australian World Cup star Nick Morris and the returning Richard Lawson, in competitive action ahead of their new Championship season.

And the club have brought in Great Britain international Steve Worrall, who impressed in last year’s World Cup Final, Rye House men Edward Kennett and Max Clegg, American ace Gino Manzares, showman Jason Garrity and former Hammers favourite Paul Hurry.

Hammers boss Will Pottinger said: “Steve Worrall, Edward Kennett, Gino Manzares, Jason Garrity and Paul Hurry will all fancy their chances.

“We’ve also invited Max Clegg; obviously he’s someone who was originally included in the Hammers line-up so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

“It would be nice to see one of the Lakeside riders win it but it is a good chance for our lads to get some competitive laps under their belt.

“I’m expecting a good night of racing and I’m sure the fans will enjoy it in memory of a fabulous rider.”

Lee Richardson lost his life when riding in Poland back in 2012 but will always be in the history books as one of Lakeside’s all-time great riders.

He remains close to the hearts of every Hammers fan and the club feel this is the perfect way to let the tapes up in 2018.

Co-promoter Jon Cook said: “Time moves on but we never forget Lee, he is a true club legend and a Hammers icon.

“Think of Lakeside Hammers and you think of Lee Richardson.

“He was a class act, very professional and always had the best machinery to ensure he could score as many points as possible for the club.

“We believe this is a great way to launch the season.”

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