Speedway: Buxton Hitmen to open at home to Coventry

Cameron Hoskins will be lining up for the Hitmen in the 2015 season. Pic by Ian Charles.
Cameron Hoskins will be lining up for the Hitmen in the 2015 season. Pic by Ian Charles.

Buxton Hitmen will kick off the 2015 National League campaign at home to Coventry on Sunday April 26, after the fixture list was revealed.

The Hi-Edge clash will be followed by an away trip for the Hitmen, to King’s Lynn five days later on Friday May 1.

Buxton will begin the 2015 season by welcoming Redcar Cubs to Hi-Edge for a challenge match on Sunday April 12.

The fixture (3pm) brings new team manager Jason Pipe face-to-face with his old charges from Teesside.

“When Jayne Moss contacted me to let me know they (Redcar) had been in touch, she asked me what I thought of the idea of racing against my old club,” said Pipe.

“I jumped at the chance and asked if it could be arranged so that it was our first home meeting of the season.

“It will be a great opportunity to blow away the cobwebs and get bike set-ups right, prior to the start of our NL campaign.”

The full make-up of the visitors’ team depends on permission being granted by their parent clubs, but the riders being talked about certainly excite the new Hitmen chief.

He added: “They may have one or two surprises in their line-up that may even make one or two Buxton fans happy!

“It also gives me the chance to have a look at a couple of their riders around Buxton.

“It’s hoped the full Redcar line-up can be announced very soon.”

The Cubs normally do their riding in the Northern Junior League and are relishing the opportunity to race at National League level as their team manager Kevin Keay explained.

Keay said: “Everyone in the side we intend to put out will have ridden in the NJL or have a close association with it.

“Whilst it is too early to name the full seven before the NL fixtures are published, we intend to make the side as competitive as possible to give Buxton and Jason Pipe in particular a match to remember.

“Without the NJL and the Midland Development League, most of these riders would not be racing competitively.

“So, it is very important that clubs come up with meaningful events such as this challenge match.

“We thank Buxton for this opportunity and hope at some stage in the future that we can repay their hospitality.”

The Hitmen are hopeful of naming their final squad member shortly.

So far they have signed up Tom Woolley, Adam Extance, Tony Atkin, Paul Bowen, Cameron Hoskins, Ryan Blacklock and Ben Hopwood.

For the full fixture list, visit www.buxtonhitmen.co