Speedway GPQ at Berwick to be re-staged on Monday

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Berwick’s weather woes continued on Saturday when the FIM organised Grand Prix Qualifier at Shielfield fell foul of the elements.

The meeting has now been re-arranged for Monday (June 9) with a 7.30pm start time, when they will be hoping for better conditions.

The Bandits have so far lost ten meetings to rain this summer, and they always knew that the weather was closing in as they prepared for their big night.

But when the lunchtime practice was staged in glorious sunshine, with the track even being dampened down after the riders threw up dust clouds, there were hopes that the forecasters might have got it wrong.

But rain started falling throughout the afternoon. Covers were placed over the bends in an attempt to protect the surface, but by the scheduled 7pm start time it was obvious luck was not on their side.

As the rain continued to fall the riders held a meeting when they agreed they would like to see racing continue, and at 8.20pm the covers were removed.

But with no let-up in the conditions and fans becoming increasingly frustrated at the situation, the decision was taken that the meeting would be postponed and the crowd were informed of the decision at 8.40pm.

This was the second time in three years Berwick had been asked to stage an FIM Grand Prix Qualifier, and unfortunately, it was the second time it was hit by the weather.

“Two years ago, after some tremendous work by the track staff, we finally managed to get the meeting on,” said Berwick promoter John Anderson.

“But on this occasion we weren’t so fortunate. The riders wanted to give it a go because some of them knew it would be difficult and inconvenient for them to come back for any re-staging, but at the end of the day there was simply no alternative.

“The weather just wasn’t on our side and in the end, despite some sterling work by the track staff again, we had to admit defeat.

“I hope the fans appreciate the situation we found ourselves in and hopefully a lot of them will be able to come back for the re-staging on Monday.”

In an unusual situation, Berwick will be racing the same evening, away to Glasgow in a League Cup clash - but without Matej Kus, who is included in the Shielfield line-up.