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Lakeside Hammers boss Pottinger predicts close contest in spring classic

PUBLISHED: 16:48 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:48 22 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 boss Will Pottinger is predicting a close contest for the Lee Richardson Spring Classic at Arena Essex on Friday (8pm).

The season opener has attracted plenty of interest with World Cup stars Nick Morris and Steve Worrall set to lock horns in a meeting which remembers one of Lakeside’s all-time greats.

Richardson died in 2012 after a track crash in Poland and is sadly missed by everyone in the sport and the club are pleased to dedicate their first meeting of the season to his memory.

“Lee was a brilliant rider and I always enjoyed watching him race, it’s good for Lakeside to stage this meeting,” Pottinger said.

“There’s some great racing in prospect, the line-up is exciting and it’s nice for all the Hammers to be featured.

“I think the race for the trophy will be brilliant and I’m sure the fans will turn out in force to see the new team in action alongside some great riders from around the country.”

American international Gino Mazares makes a welcome return to British racing this season and is included in the field along with former Hammers favourite Edward Kennett.

And Max Clegg, the man snapped up by Hammers chiefs in the winter only to be cruelly robbed of a team spot by a mistake with the averages, has also accepted an invitation to appear.

The meeting features 12 riders over 15 heats with a Grand Final to decide the winner.

Line-up: Alfie Bowtell, Adam Ellis, Max Clegg, Jason Garrity, Edward Kennett, Richard Lawson, Gino Manzares, Ben Morley, Nick Morris, Kyle Newman, Zach Wajtknecht, Steve Worrall.

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