It’s ‘business as usual’ for Bandits’ boss Rae

Bandits team manager Ian Rae
Bandits team manager Ian Rae

Despite a recent health scare, Berwick Speedway manager Ian Rae says it will be ‘business as usual’ this coming season.

Rae was taken seriously ill in the early part of the winter, and some of his colleagues had urged him to step back and take things easy.

Co-promoter Dennis McCleary even revealed that the club wanted ‘Razor’ to lighten his workload.

But speaking this week, Rae said: “I know everyone has my best interests at heart, but speedway is in my blood and it’s something I just have to do.

“When I took ill and was hospitalised for a while, doctors wanted me to take at least two months off work, but I was back to work within three weeks.

“Some of the others at the club, like director George Hepburn, have taken on a more active role.

“But I know I cannot let go entirely and when the season starts I will be out there as usual.

“George took on the responsibility for putting the team together, but I had already organised a couple of riders before I took ill, and afterwards we spoke almost every day.

“I’m OK now, but it was touch and go for a while.

“The close season is always difficult, organising this and that on a daily basis, and I am pleased George stepped in to take up some of the workload.

“But as the season approaches I know I will be out there preparing the track as usual, and on race nights I will still be around the pits managing the team - in many respects that is the easy part of the job.”

Rae says he is pleased with the look of the Bandits’ side for 2014, and is particularly pleased with the inclusion of local teenager Liam Carr.

“Liam is only 17, and is only setting out on his career, but it will be nice to have a local rider in the team again, because we haven’t had one since David Meldrum.

“Liam is currently learning to drive, but for some of the away trips will be looking for someone to drive him to meetings, whether it is his dad or one of the other riders.

“On paper we have a well-balanced side. There is no out and out number one rider, but I think they are all capable of scoring points and winning races.”