Buxton Hitmen ready for tough start to new season


The Buxton Hitmen launch their 2018 campaign with two meetings within the space of 24-hours with a long trek South to face Eastbourne on Saturday evening 7.30pm.

They begin their home campaign at Hi-Edge raceway on Sunday afternoon against Stoke in the National Trophy, 3pm.

First up is the trip to Arlington in the Travel Plus National League where the Hitmen will come up against a formidable home side in the Eagles.

Team boss Moss said: “It’s a hard way to start our season with a difficult first meeting for myself going up against a strong side like Eastbourne.

“A lot of the Eagles side have managed to get some track time also while only one or two of ours have been able to get any due to the weather.

“I know many people expect us to just turn up and roll over and get a hiding, but I’m hoping that we can get a result that might just shock a few people.

“We have a strong team even though many pundits feel we don’t and who doesn’t like being the underdog.

“We know we face an uphill battle especially as they have one of the hottest three-point riders in the league, but I’m sure Kieran and Lewis will be giving him a run for his money.

“I truly feel it is about getting the ring rust off and we will hopefully grow into the meeting.

“I can assure our supporters we are not going there to just make the numbers up and hopefully a good result at Arlington will set us up for our first home meeting against Stoke the following day.”

The Sussex club have retained the services of number one Mark Baseby for a second season along with other heat leaders Georgie Wood and Tom Brennan along with Charley Powell. Kelsey Dugard returns to the Eagles side after team manager Connor Dugard dropped him in the early stages of last season.

At reserve the Eagles septet are completed by Charlie Brooks and Jason Edwards both who have shown potential to the Eagles management.

The new look Hitmen under the leadership of new full time team manager Joshua Moss are led into battle by former under-21 Champion Ben Wilson.

He will be well supported by Connor Coles and the only returning rider from last seasons’ squad and skipper Tom Woolley with David Wallinger looking to make a mark on his return to the Hitmen after spending last season with Stoke.

Corban Pavitt completes the Hitmen top five and he has been given the difficult role of being number 2 in the line-up for the Derbyshire based side. At reserve Kieran Douglas takes his place in the side with Lewis Whitmore completing the side.

EASTBOURNE: Mark Baseby (Captain), Kelsey Dugard, Tom Brennan, Charley Powell, Georgie Wood, Charlie Brooks, Jason Edwards

BUXTON: Ben Wilson, Corban Pavitt, Tom Woolley (Captain), David Wallinger, Connor Coles, Kieran Douglas, Lewis Whitmore