Hitmen laying foundations for next season with arrival of duo

Buxton Hitmen v Stoke Potters, National Trophy, 16.6.2013''Buxton's Liam Carr leads Ben Reade (White)

Buxton Hitmen v Stoke Potters, National Trophy, 16.6.2013''Buxton's Liam Carr leads Ben Reade (White)

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Buxton Hitmen are gearing up towards next season, having begun team building.

In the off-season the Hitmen have seen last season’s star rider Charles Wright ruled out due to his Premier League average whilst Adam McKinna has retired.

The first two riders to commit to the Hitmen’s cause are Adam Extance and Liam Carr.

Extance, 21, has been racing top level motocross for four years.

He has raced in Europe and came third in the British Masters Motocross Championship.

He, along with his father, who was a World and European Enduro Champion, runs a successful motocross/enduro school.

His first experience of Speedway was at a ‘Ride and Skid it’ day run by Aidan Collins at Buxton last year.

He also rode in the Midland Development League last year for Belle Vue and Long Eaton.

Reflecting on his move, he said: “I am grateful to have been given the chance to ride national league in such a short time in speedway.

“I want to make the team and the people who have supported me proud and score consistent points through the year.”

Extance has invested in new machinery for the year ahead and will line up for the Hitmen in one of the reserve berths.

Hitmen boss Jayne Moss said: “We are looking forward to having Adam in the team.

“He is improving all the time and can’t wait to get started.”

Berwick asset Liam Carr is the other rider to pledge his immediate National League future to Buxton after a successful season at the club in 2013.

Carr joined the Hitmen midway through last term with an average of 3.61.

He made an immediate impact and was soon an integral part of the team weighing in with double figures at most meetings.

He finished the year with an average close to seven and is looking to increase that again this year as he continues his career with the Hitmen alongside regular Premier League racing with parent club Berwick.

Carr said: “In 2014 at Buxton I want to improve my average again by at least 1.5 points and aim to be number one.

“Buxton was my first choice for NL in 2014.

“I was given the chance to represent Buxton in 2013 midway during the season and it just clicked. It felt right and since then I’ve never looked back.”