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Bears Beat The Geordies

    It’s always nice to see Teesside defeating Tyneside and there can be no better way to launch a new speedway season than with a 51/40 scoreline to our favourite Redcar Bears.   The blend of youth and experience got off to a flier at South Tees Motor Sports Park. New signings Robbie Kessler, Carl Stonehewer and Ben Wilson all made an immediate impact weighing in with points a plenty. Thus ensuring Redcar take a very healthy 11 point lead up to Newcastle for the second ....


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Redcar Bears: Tapes Up On New Season

    The counting of days for local speedway fans will be over at 7.30pm on Thursday evening when the Redcar Bears face their North-East rivals the Newcastle Diamonds in a Challenge fixture at the South Tees Motorsport Park, off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough.      Both clubs have revamped their teams during the winter with more radical changes on Tyneside than Teesside. Both teams have received positive previews of their prospects for a successful season from the ....


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Proctor Rides On

    Ty Proctor has declared himself fit for the Bears Press and Practice session at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday 1pm) despite being involved in a massive pile up in Heat 14 of the Prince of Wales at Newport Speedway on Sunday afternoon.   Poole's Jason Doyle fell directly in front of Proctor after the riders entered the first bend of the second lap with the young Bear having no chance of avoiding his fellow Australian and both riders cart-wheeled into Newport's ....


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Speedway - Costcutters Free Child Admission

  REDCAR Bears speedway have joined forces with an independent supermarket chain to promote FREE child admission as long as they are accompanied by an adult instore for the entire season.   Costcutters of Fabian Court, Eston, will be displaying an A3 size poster instore which will publicise that week's visitors to South Tees Motorsport Park.  The company has 1,200 customers passing through its doors each day and a brochure will be given to children requesting them.  As ....


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Redcar Bears Tyre Fund 2009

  LONG time Bears supporter Ed Sturman has come up with an idea to help raise funding for those riders in the Redcar Bears team that don’t have a sponsor paying for their tyres.  It was Ed’s idea to have a tyre fund for the Redcar Cubs last season and 21 people contributed £10 a month over seven months of the speedway season helping raise the magnificent sum of £1,470.  Ed is hoping that more people will be encouraged to support the Redcar Bears riders in ....


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Bears Buck The Trend

  The Redcar Bears speedway team are to enjoy a co-sponsorship for their 2009 Premier League campaign with the announcement that the Middlesbrough-based North East Bearings & Transmission Ltd of Riverside Industrial Park have agreed to supply the following: An undisclosed four figure amount. A product placement deal for every Redcar Bear to provide over a thousand pounds worth of bearings during the season. The provision of Ty Proctor's tyres.   The deal with see the ....


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Redcar Bears Take To The Airwaves

  The Redcar Bears speedway team will again enjoy co-promotion and coverage with two local radio stations for the 2009 Premier League campaign.   Commercial station Magic AM and BBC Tees will again support publicity and coverage of the Bears with some pre-season boosts on the agenda too.   For the week commencing March 16th each breakfast show presented by Alan Ross on Magic AM that weekday will have a competition with two free admission tickets per day as the prizes. This ....


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More Cubs In The Pipeline

  Despite the recent withdrawal of the Redcar Cubs from the third tier of professional speedway racing the policy of junior development will continue at the South Tees Motorsport Park under the direction of Cubs team manager Jason Pipe.   Jason will be organising a series of junior events embracing mini-matches after the Redcar Bears' Premier League meetings on a Thursday evening. These will be staged over five or six heats and are likely to be against teams from other areas of the ....


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Budgie Is Back But No Cubs

  22-year-old Arlo Bugeja has been invited back for his second full season as a Redcar Bear after agreeing terms with club boss Brian Havelock for the 2009 season.   The popular reserve who is based near Adelaide, Australia in the close season is contesting the Australian Championship series at present.   Commented Brian: 'Arlo and the team should benefit from re-visiting many tracks that were new to him last season but he knows he must perform to justify his ....


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Barry Is The Complete Deal

  Simpson Racing UK have been confirmed as the new Redcar Bears team sponsors for season 2009. Last season the company owned by former Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Hull speedway rider Barry Simpson were co-sponsors of the Redcar Cubs Third Division team. Barry remains active himself in the motorcycle world having changed from grasstrack racing to Enduro in recent years.   Now in a multi-thousand pound sponsorship Simpson Racing Uk will be the headline sponsors for both the Premier ....


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Havvy New Year!

    Redcar Bears' iconic captain Gary Havelock will again lead his local side into Premier League action in 2009 after finally agreeing terms with his own Dad!   Former World Champion Havelock Junior has been the Bears number one since the sport was relaunched on Teesside in 2006 and returned to his own roots - having started his career as a 16-year-old at the defunct Cleveland Park Stadium in Middlesbrough during the mid-1980s.   Commented Bears' boss Brian Havelock: ....


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Redcar Bears Re-sign Aussie Ace

PROCTOR TYS UP NEW CONTRACT:   2008 'Bear of the Year' Ty Proctor has agreed terms with new Redcar Bears promoter Brian Havelock and becomes the fifth rider to sign on the dotted line for the 2009 Premier League campaign which begins at the South Tees Motorsport Park, South Bank, Middlesbrough on Thursday March 26th with a challenge match against the Newcastle Diamonds.   The 21-year-old Australian not only won the fans vote as the outstanding rider last season but scooped the ....


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Bears Blend Youth And Experience In Season 2009

 New Redcar Bears Speedway promoter Brian Havelock has not let the grass grow under his feet since officially taking over the South Tees Motorsport Park outfit on Friday. Premier League legend Carl Stonehewer; popular ex-Bear Robbie Kessler; up and coming British youngster Ben Wilson and 2008 Conference League Riders' Champion Benji Compton have been unveiled as lined up to sign on the dotted line for the 2009 Bears after a busy weekend of negotiation with other Premier League ....


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Redcar Bears Future Secure

COUNCIL HAPPY TO HEAR BEARS' FUTURE IS SECURE   REDCAR and Cleveland Council is delighted that a new consortium is poised to take over speedway's ten year lease at the South Tees Motorsports Park to ensure the sport can continue next summer.   Redcar Bears outgoing promoter Glyn Taylor has confirmed: "I am the current leaseholder and I have now sold the company to Brian Havelock and his consortium. Upon the completion of that sale, which is now imminent, the Council will be paid ....


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Speedway Sponsor Appeal

Would you be interested in advertising on the new hospitality cabin at Redcar Bears? Steve Harland would like to hear from you. We have made a provisional agreement this morning to purchase in March 2009 a 32 ft portable cabin from a local company based over the road from the track through G.E.R Cabins, it will be fully refurbished with a sink unit to host hospitality at the track for £2,000 including delivery charges.  We previously hired one but having paid nearly £9,000 in ....


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Glyn Taylor In Takeover Talks

 Redcar Bears club owner Glyn Taylor has confirmed that talks are taking place with two interested parties for the acquisition of the Speedway rights at the South Tees Motorsport Park from season 2009. One is a consortium led by Bears team boss Brian Havelock and involves several local commercial contacts. The other is a credible figure in the sport at national level who has declared that he would plan to retain the current management team under all circumstances. There has been ....


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Crump Is Silver Champ

  Two times Aussie world champ Jason Crump turned on the class to race away with the Redcar Speedway Silver Helmet. The trophy that dates back to the very first year of UK speedway in 1928 had a worthy champion tonight and it was a phenomenal way to bring down the curtain on the speedway season.   Jason Crump took one look at the South Bank track and left everyone else for dust. It was an awesome display and such a privilege to watch one of the greatest riders of the modern era at ....


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Silver Helmet All Star Cast

Two World Champions top the bill as the prestigious South Tees Silver Helmet brings the 2008 Speedway season to a climax at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough on Thursday evening with the rider parade at 7.20pm and tapes up for the first of 20 heats of individual racing at 7.30pm. Jason Crump of Belle Vue Aces and Australia plus Teesside's own Gary Havelock of Redcar Bears and England have achieved the sport's ultimate prize in their respective racing careers. ....


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Bears Nose Ahead In Cup Thriller

Half time in the Jack Young Shield and holders Redcar Bears are making a real fight of it to defend the national trophy. Redcar Bears take a slender 5 point lead into the second leg at Derwent Park, Workington on Saturday evening after a thrilling 48:43 point 1st leg victory.   It was a victory earned through real graft and the genius of exciting young Aussie flyer Ty Proctor whose 5 race 15 point maximum was an exceptional performance. With Havvy and James Grieves both for once ....


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Semi-final Week For The Bears

It's the tension and the glory of cup semi final action at Redcar Bears on Thursday. Can we defend our national trophy, the Jack Young Shield. Don't miss it.   The Redcar 'TLS' Bears face the Workington Comets in the first leg of the Jack Young Shield Semi-Final at the South Tees Motorsport Park, South Bank Road, Middlesbrough this Thursday evening with tapes up at 7.30pm. The second leg is at the Derwent Park Stadium on Saturday evening October 18th.   The Bears are defending the ....


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Stars Of Tomorrow

As the Redcar Bears management catch their breath after the Bears' stunning 60-33 away victory over Reading in the Jack Young Shield Quarter-Finals on Monday evening and the senior team prepares for the Semi-Finals with a provisional trip to opponents Berwick in the Borders on Saturday evening and the home leg against the Bandits on Thursday October 16th - the Cubs management of Jason Pipe and Steve Harland spring into action to organise a 'Stars of Tomorrow' individual meeting at the South ....


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Bears Strive For Double Success

The Redcar Bears start the defence of the Jack Young Shield - which they won at the climax of season 2007 - when they take on the Reading Racers at the South Tees Motorsport Park, off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough on Thursday evening from 7.30pm.   This is the first leg of the Quarter-Finals with the second leg at the Smallmead Stadium, Reading on Sunday October 5th from 6pm.   The Racers beat the Bears by 48 points to 42 at the Motorpark on June 19th in a Premier League fixture ....


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Redcar Cub Wins National Title

Redcar Cub Benji Compton won the Conference League Riders' Championship at Rye House Speedway on Saturday evening with a 14 point tally. Runner-up was Byron Bekker of Scunthorpe Saints on 13 points.   Benji follows in the tyre tracks of Andy Howe who won the inaugural Championship at this Divisional level for the Cleveland Bays in 1994.   It’s a fantastic achievement for Benji who almost quit the sport earlier in the season. He was talked out of retirement by Redcar Bears ....


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Narrow Defeat But Still In It

  The young Redcar Cubs were defeated in the very last heat of a thrilling national semi final at South Tees Motor Sports Park last night but are still very much in it for the second away leg.   A big crowd turned out to support the Redcar Cubs bid for Conference League glory last night against Boston Barracudas. The Cubs qualified for the play offs by winning their last four meetings including a last heat victory against Boston. Last night it went down to the wire again but ....


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Cubs Play Off Tonight

REDCAR CUBS V BOSTON BARRACUDAS   It's a significant night in the recent history of the return of Speedway to Teesside this evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park, off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough when the Redcar 'TLS/Simpson Racing UK' Cubs face the Boston Barracudas in the first leg of the Conference League Play-Off Semi-Finals from 7.30pm.   For with the senior team winning the Premier League Young Shield play-offs in 2007 then the Cubs will be seeking to bring their own ....


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