Carr passes up chance of place in U21s

Berwick's new bandit is local teen Liam Carr who has made the move from the stands to the race track
Berwick's new bandit is local teen Liam Carr who has made the move from the stands to the race track

Berwick Speedway’s home-town Bandit, Liam Carr has given up his chance of competing in this year’s British U21 Championship.

Instead, the local schoolboy, who is preparing for his first full season of Premier League action with the Bandits, will attend the club’s annual press and practice session at Shielfield Park.

Carr had been drawn in the British U21 semi-final at Plymouth on Saturday, March 22, but a clash of dates meant he would have missed Berwick’s traditional curtain-raiser.

After discussing the situation with club officials and organisers of the U21 event, it was decided it would be best for him to attend the press and practice session instead.

Neil Vatcher, who is the UK’s British Youth manager agreed with the decision, saying it was felt that because this is his first year with his hometown club it would be best for the rider to attend the P&P due to his local sponsors being in attendance.

Vatcher added that he and Phil Morris both hold Berwick Speedway and Liam Carr in high regard, and although not competing in this year’s British U21s, he will be considered for future U21 events.

Berwick have confirmed that gates for the press and practice will be open to the public, eager to get their first sight of the new-look team.

Afterwards, all fans will be invited to meet the riders for a question and answer session in the nearby Black and Gold Social Club. Entry fee is £5 and will include hot food, music and a raffle.

Meanwhile, Berwick Speedway have expressed their delight at the news that team manager Ian Rae, who has been involved with the club for a large number of years, has been nominated for the short-list at the local Berwick Sports Awards evening, which is being held in Berwick Rugby Club this Friday (April 28).

A statement issued by the club said: “Regardless of the destiny of the Award, we are so pleased and proud that Ian , and speedway, have been honoured in this way.”