Taylor back with Hitmen

Ben Taylor. Photo: Ian Charles
Ben Taylor. Photo: Ian Charles

Popular Buxton Hitmen rider Ben Taylor is to line-up with the team for the forthcoming season.

The 21-year-old, from Dewsbury, has spent most of his career with the Hitmen, except for an ill-fated season at Dudley which saw him injured in their first meeting and subsequently spend the rest of the year recuperating from a complicated wrist injury.

He returned to action with the Hitmen last year and was soon back scoring double figures.

Hitmen chief Jayne Moss said: “Ben, who is on loan from Birmingham, is very popular at Buxton and a pleasure to deal with.

“We are very pleased to have him in the side once again and I am sure he will form a strong spearhead with Robert (Branford) and Tim (Webster)

“We have three good heat-leaders who are all capable of scoring big points and should be a match for anyone in the league.”

Buxton are awaiting clearance from the BSPA before naming the final rider in their 2012 team.

Press and practice will take place on Sunday April 8 after the usual go-karting competition in the morning at Swains Centre, Harpur Hill.

Anyone wishing to book a place for the karting and put their racing skills to the test against the 2012 Hitmen should call 01298 77299.

With the Hitmen competing in the National Trophy competition there will be at least 12 meetings at Hi-Edge this year.

The first takes place on Sunday April 15 at 3pm when USA Future - the American Touring Team - are the visitors.

Expect to see some exciting young riders including Mike Buman, who will be on his fourth tour, and Brad Pappalardo, the nephew of current world champion Greg Hancock.

“The Americans always provide good entertainment and it is good to get the season off to a start with nothing but pride at stake, although I’m sure the boys will want to win,” added Mrs Moss.

“We then move on to some tough matches with Mildenhall home and away being the first test, followed by the first leg of the knockout cup against Dudley.

“There are plenty of strong-looking teams in the league this year and on paper it looks like being a hard league, but we are happy with the team and are hopeful of some good results.”