Bellego wins late call-up to World U21 final at Berwick

Berwick are all set to stage their biggest-ever speedway meeting, the British round of the World U21 Final, at Shielfield this weekend.

And there will be plenty for the home fans to cheer, with the Bandits’ own David Bellego winning a late call-up to the meeting as an injury replacement.

Berwick Bandits Speedway'David Bellego

Berwick Bandits Speedway'David Bellego

He will take the place of Russian rider Vladimir Borodulin, who is unable to compete.

Bellego, who lives in Berwick during the season, has been in a rich vein of form with Bandits over the past few weeks.

He has consistently clocked some of the fastest times around the Shielfield track and will not be fazed by coming up against some of the best young riders in the world on his own circuit.

A club spokesman said: “David is honoured to be included in the line-up for this event, as he knows it is a showcase event.

“He has been riding well lately and we are sure he will do himself and the club proud.”

The meeting, which is being held on Saturday (August 10) starts at 7pm, with gates opening at 5pm.

The event will be preceded by an official practice, between 11.30am-1.30pm, which will be open to the public.

Anyone attending will be asked to make a donation to a fund set up for Bandit Ricky Ashworth, who is still in intensive care in hospital in Hull following his accident last weekend.

Berwick promoter John Anderson says he will be ‘a very proud man’ when the club stages the Wolrd U21 Final at Shielfield this weekend.

“Let’s be honest, how often do we get to stage a world final in Berwick, for speedway or any other sport,” he said.

“This really is a feather in our cap and I am delighted for everyone connected with the club that we have been given the honour of staging the meeting.

“The line-up looks very strong and there should be some really good racing.”

Co-promoter Ryan Anderson said: “We have travelling fans coming from all over Europe – as well as from throughout the UK. They are here to see the racing, and of course visit the town!

“We are so proud the FIM, and the British authorities, have awarded us this huge event.Speedway is putting Berwick on the map.

The full line-up for Saturday’s World U21 Final showcase meeting is:

Artur Czaja (Poland), Piotr Pawlicki (Poland), Kacper Gomolski (Poland), Vaclav Milik (Czech Republic),

Nichlas Porsing (Denmark), Lasse Bjerre (Denmark), Patryk Dudek (Poland), Adam Strzelec (Poland),

Mikkel Michelsen (Denmark), Adam Ellis (GB), David Bellego (France), Mikkel Bech (Denmark),

Bartosz Zmarzlik (Poland),Kyle Howarth (GB), Nikolaj Jakobsen (Denmark), Andzejs Lebedevs (Latvia),

Reserves - Robert Branford (GB) and Ashley Morris (GB).

The first round of the three-legged final was held in Pila, Poland when the home-based Dudek came out on top with 14 points.

Also on the podium were Gomolski (11) and Lebedevs (11) with Pawlicki and Borodulin on 10 and Michelsen, Zmarzlik and Strzelec all on eight.

The third and deciding round will be held at Terenzano in Italy on September 14.