A NEW-LOOK Buxton Hitmen made a winning return to racing with a 60-33 victory over the Rye House Raiders at High Edge on Sunday.
The struggling Buxton side, hit by recent weather postponements and injuries to Michael Neale and Richard Andrews, lined-up against the Raiders with returning ex-Hitmen favourite Charles Wright at number one, along with Chris Widman in reserve.
Hitmen team manger Jack Lee, who celebrated his 71st birthday on Sunday, said: “Winning like this has been a great birthday present. The lads have done really well.
“Charles Wright is back and he’s been the one rider we’ve been missing all year. It’s really boosted the team knowing they have another top-scoring rider.
“If we can hang on to Charles for the rest of the season, and keep winning like this, I can’t see any reason why we won’t shoot back up the league.”
But Lee also warned there was a long way still to go - starting with a difficult trip to title-favourites Mildenhall on Saturday.
“We can’t rest on our laurels. We could do with winning some away meetings now,” he added.
This Sunday, Buxton host short track racing, with ex-Hitmen rider Adam Allott keen to make an impression. Practice begins at 11.30am, with racing starting at 1pm.
The Hitmen’s next home meeting is on July 29 against Mildenhall.