Tonight, Berwick Bandits return to the South Tees Motor Park to take on one of the surprise in-form teams of 2013, the Redcar Bears in the Premier League (7.30).
The Bears, however, are being somewhat cautious with regard to the Bandits’ most recent signing, England iInternational Edward Kennett.
Kennett has already been named in the Great Britain squad for the World Team Cup tournament in July – with every likelihood he will make the final cut for actual selection.
The rest of the Bandits have a solid points-scoring look about them with Swede Robin Aspegren and Australian Kozza Smith in particular having had more than reasonable performances on the Motorpark’s 271-metre shale oval in recent seasons.
Matej Kus is expected to be out of action for up to a further five weeks following a broken shoulder blade sustained in a crash during a Czech Republic v Poland test match in Prague last week.
The Bears will operate the rider replacement rule.
Bandits boss Ian Rae is keen for success tonight.
He said: “In the past we’ve had decent runs at Redcar.
“While our form of late has been a little unpredictable, tonight, with Edward (Kennett) being a confirmed small-track expert, having been brought up on Eastbourne’s compact circuit, he could inspire the lads to a surprisingly solid performance.
“Even if we can’t get the win I think we may be closer to the Bears than many people think possible.”
REDCAR “ECCO FINISHING” BEARS: Max Dilger, Micky Dyer, Ulrich Ostergaard, Hugh Skidmore, Aaron Summers (Captain), Carl Wilkinson
BERWICK “NEW HOLLAND” BANDITS: Robin Aspegren, Nicki Barrett, David Bellego, Edward Kennett, Kozza Smith (Captain), Paul Starke, Matthew Wethers