Berwick schoolboy Liam Carr will be handed his Berwick Bandits debut this weekend at the age of just 16.
The Berwick Academy pupil from Tweedmouth has been called up to replace injured reserve rider Alex Edberg for Saturday’s League Cup meeting with Sheffield Tigers at Shielfield.
“We need a rider from the National League to replace our injured Swedish reserve Alex Edberg,” explained Berwick director George Hepburn.
“But instead of going south for our guest, we’ve decided to keep it in the family, and on Saturday will hand the race-jacket to 16-year-old local schoolboy Liam Carr, who is continuing to show promise every time he goes out on the track.
“It might be a wee bit soon for Liam to get right in among the points at this level, but every race against higher-class opposition can only do him good, and boost his learning process.”
Carr, from Tweedmouth, still attends Berwick Academy and in a short speedway career has already been crowned Northern Junior League Riders champion at 15.
He is currently proving a success in National League racing with Stoke Potters, for whom he races as a loanee from Berwick.
Now he will make a Premier League debut for his hometown club on a night when Berwick are also without French teenager David Bellego, who has been recalled by his country to race at an FIM Long-track meeting.
“However, we have our big three guns all lined up, and when Lee Complin, Ricky Ashworth and Seb Alden are all firing, we are pretty confident of a good result,” said team boss Ian Rae.
“Lee was very proud to have got into just one race last Saturday (at the FIM GP Challenge event – see below) and was a proud second in the heat, even although he lost the steel shoe from his left foot on the first lap!”
Sheffield arrive with Swindon’s James Wright at No 1 – a rider with several excellent scores at Shielfield and will also be tracking Britain’s two-time U-21 champion Joe Haines, American ace Ricky Wells and former Bandit Chris Schramm in a handy-looking line-up.
Berwick: 1. Ricky Ashworth (England), 2 Lubos Tomicek (Czech Republic), 3. Lee Complin (England & captain), 4.David Bellego (rider-replacement), 5.Seb Alden (Sweden, 6.Liam Carr (England), 7. Danny King (England)
Sheffield: 1. James Wright (England), 2. Hugh Skidmore (Australia), 3. Chris Schramm (England), 4. Richard Hall (rider-replacement), 5. Ricky Wells (USA), 6. Joe Haines (England), 7. Emiliano Sanchez (Argentina)