Buxton Hitmen have unveiled Jason Pipe as their new team manager for the upcoming National League season.
Pipe was previously manager at Middlesborough/Redcar at Conference League level and brings a wealth of speedway knowledge with him to Hi-Edge.
“I’m really excited about becoming the new team manager at Buxton and taking on this new challenge,” said the 43-year-old.
“It’s great to be back involved at this level after an absence of five years - As 2008 was the last season for me with the Redcar Cubs.”
Pipe says that when Hitmen owner Jayne Moss got in touch with him about the possibility of moving to Buxton, it didn’t take him long to accept.
He said: “When Jayne got in contact with me, it took me less than five seconds to know that I was going to say yes to her!
“I’m over the moon and it’s going to be a privilege and an honour to be their manager.
“I’ve always admired the set up at Buxton and the Moss family really put in a lot of hard work and time to make Buxton the success it is today.
“I’m very happy that I’m going to be working for people that share the same enthusiasm and who put the long hours and hard work in, like I try and do myself.”
The new manager was at pains to point out how important team spirit was in his approach to team management.
He added: “I have always made sure that my teams in the past had a good team spirit and most of all it was important that they went out and enjoyed themselves, which I’ll be making sure my riders do next season.
“I also like to see my riders and their mechanics mucking in to help out team mates.
“This is something I will be stressing to them.
“It goes a long way to helping towards a good team spirit and it’s all about helping each other.
“A good team spirit can be worth an extra three of four points.”
Buxton have signed up six riders so far: Tom Woolley, Adam Extance, Tony Atkin, Paul Bowen, Cameron Hoskins and Ryan Blacklock.