Vissing in praise of help from supporters

Berwick’s Claus Vissing has praised the club’s supporters for their generous sponsorship of the team’s riders.

Vissing received a cheque for £500 from the Berwick Speedway Supporters’ Club at the weekend, to help pay for repairs to an engine which he damaged at Workington earlier in the season.

Claus Vissing at the Berwick Bandits press and practise night

Claus Vissing at the Berwick Bandits press and practise night

“I really can’t thank everyone enough for all the help they give the riders,” he said.

“Speedway is a very expensive sport and any help we get, no matter how big or small, is much appreciated.

“The Supporters’ Club gave me the money to pay towards the damage to my engine, and as repairs can cost anything between £3,000 and £5,000 a time it just goes to show how expensive it really is.

“For me personally, I have found that my travelling costs between Denmark and the UK have risen significantly this year, which means I have to score a few points before I start making any money.

“I’m not complaining, because this is the sport I chose to compete in.

“It’s the same for a lot of riders, so when we receive any contribution towards our expenses we really do appreciate it.”

Vissing has made a good start to the season with Berwick and has firmly established himself as the club’s top scorer.

“I want to be the best I can be,” he said, “whether that is riding here in Berwick or back in Denmark.

“I have been pleased with the start I have made to the season. I have been scoring a few points, but there is always room for improvement.”

Vissing missed last week’s meeting for the Bandits at Redcar as he was racing in the Danish Championships.

“Unfortunately, I was only down as reserve and that meant I only got a couple of rides. It was good, but I would’ve preferred to have been at Redcar with Berwick. It was a meeting for their fence fund and we were only riding for expenses, but it would have been useful to get in some practice there before we go back in the league later in the season.”