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Workington Comets Rise Above Redcar Bears

Redcar Bears were narrowly defeated by Workington Comets in the A66 derby at the South Tees Motor Park last night but they made a real fight of it. At the interval the powerful visitors side looked well in control, 6 points ahead and having winners in all but one of the first 8 heats. Yet Redcar stormed back after the break and in the end the meeting was only settled on a thrilling last heat decider. After all the rain it was great to finally get some speedway again on Teesside and ....


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Roynon Back At Stmp As 'secret Weapon'!

The Redcar Bears fans are guaranteed strong opposition at the South Tees Motorsport Park this evening from 7.30pm as the group leaders in the Northern section of the League Cup come visiting. The Workington Comets also track several riders who have shown a liking for the Bears 271-metre shale oval including Adam Roynon who was part of the 2011 Redcar team. Besides the on-form Roynon the Comets include Richard Lawson who started his racing career at the Motorpark as a Redcar Cub and Gary Irving ....


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Strong Rivals In Derby Clash

A fascinating clash is in prospect for North-East speedway fans on Thursday evening when the Redcar Bears face the Newcastle Diamonds in a League Cup encounter at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up from 7.30pm. Both managements have put together competitive sides and are tipped by the sport's pundits to reach the end-of-season play-offs for the Premier League title. Commented Bears team boss Jitendra Duffill: 'Newcastle have an experienced top two in Mark Lemon and Stuart ....


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Bears Strengthen Up

Redcar Bears fans will be delighted that the team roster for Good Friday's home League Cup match with the Sheffield Tigers is back to seven with the return of Matej Kus from injury while they also welcome a new signing in Australian Mark Jones. The match at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough sees tapes up from 7.30pm. Czech International Kus suffered a hairline fracture of his left wrist after a crash in the final heat of the opening home fixture for the Bears on ....


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Bears Bring In Wilko

With the multiple injuries suffered by Gary Havelock during last Thursday's League Cup fixture against Edinburgh the Redcar Bears management have signed the experienced Carl Wilkinson on loan from Scunthorpe with Wilko making his debut against his parent club this Thursday. The League Cup encounter at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough will have its usual start time of 7.30pm. Commented Bears boss Brian Havelock: 'Wilko has an encouraging scoring record for both ....


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For Havvy

Redcar Bears League Cup victory over Edinburgh Monarchs tonight was totally overshadowed by a sickening crash involving Gary Havelock. Popular Captain Havvy slid from his bike on the banked bend and was immediately struck with the full force of the machine behind. The Monarch rider was unable to take evasive action in time and it was obvious at once that it could be a very serious incident. Gary was treated on the track and then taken by ambulance to hospital. After a lengthy delay the meeting ....


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Bears Aim To Dethrone The Monarchs

It is League Cup action at the South Tees Motorsport Park this Thursday evening when the Redcar Bears face the Edinburgh Monarchs with tapes up from 7.30pm. The Monarchs have assembled a solid looking septet for the new campaign drawn mainly from the club asset base that they have built up over the years. Skipper Matthew Wethers will enjoy a ten-year testimonial meeting later this year and is supported by other long-serving riders such as Top Scot Andrew Tully and Dutch international Theo ....


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Havvy Senior Looks Forward To Bears Season

  Tapes go up for Redcar Bears as they start the season with a challenge against old rivals Newcastle Diamonds in the first leg of a Northern Challenge at the  South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough. Tapes up will be from 7.30pm.   I asked promoter Brian Havelock about his thoughts on the campaign ahead and what we have to look forward to.   Q: It is the start of a new season this week, are you looking forward to it?  BH: Looking forward to ....


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Bears In Lively Opening Fixture

The Redcar Bears open their 2012 campaign this Thursday evening against North-East rivals the Newcastle Diamonds in the first leg of a Northern Challenge. Tapes up at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough will be from 7.30pm.   The Bears retain veteran skipper Gary Havelock, Aussies Aaron Summers and Robert Branford plus Czech Republic international Matej Kus from their 2011 septet while Dane Ulrich Ostegaard, German Max Dilger and Aussie Justin Sedgmen are ....


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Redcar Bears Press And Practice Day Sat March 10th

The Redcar Bears Press and Practice session at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough TS6 6XH is this Saturday March 10th at 3pm. The team will be taking to the track in preparation for the Bear's opening fixture against the Newcastle Diamonds on Thursday March 15th at 7.30pm Fans are welcome to attend and there will be a nominal charge for entry on behalf of a local charity. There will also be a 'Meet the Riders' session for fans in the arena clubhouse from ....


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New Bear Sedgmen Finishes Runner-up In Oz

Redcar Bears' new signing Justin Sedgmen finished second in the prestigious and competitive Under-21 Australian final at the Kurri Kurri Speedway, New South Wales last Saturday evening. In a fiercely fought Grand Final 19-year-old Justin had a wheel-to-wheel battle with narrow victor Taylor Poole of the Ipswich Witches. Alex Davies of the Somerset Rebels finished third. Commented Bears boss Brian Havelock: 'Justin has performed well in both the senior Australian championship rounds and this ....


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Bears Announce New Team Sponsor

Practical Car and Van Hire who have branches in Redcar on Teesside plus Durham and Peterlee have been confirmed as team co-sponsors of the Redcar Bears for the forthcoming Premier League season which commences at the South Tees Motorsport Park on the evening of Thursday March 15th with a Northern Challenge match between the Bears and North East rivals the Newcastle Diamonds. Practical boss Darren Lee stated: 'The company have been an individual sponsor of Bears club captain Gary Havelock in ....


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Bears Complete 2012 Septet

The Redcar Bears management have finalised their team line-up for the 2012 Premier League campaign with the confirmation that club captain Gary Havelock will return for his seventh consecutive season at the South Tees Motorsport Park and his 28th in the sport with the seventh berth being taken by 22-year-old German rider Max Dilger who moves to the Teesside club from the Edinburgh Monarchs. Already signed up were Danish star Ulrich Ostergaard, Aussies Aaron Summers, Robert Branford and Justin ....


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Bears Sign Fresh Talent For 2012 Season

Two new signings will ride for the Redcar Bears start their 2012 Premier League season next March at the South Tees Motorsport Park. Experienced Dane Ulrich Ostergaard will assume the number one race jacket and may be partnered from heat one by 19-year-old Australian Justin Sedgmen. Ulrich comes to the club with Elite League experience at clubs such as Peterborough and Belle Vue whilst also having ridden for the Isle of Wight, Birmingham, Workington and Reading at Premier League level. Justin ....


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Bears Start Planning For 2012

A packed Bears Bar at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Tuesday evening heard Redcar Bears club boss Brian Havelock outline preliminary details of the 2012 speedway season with confirmation of the return of three of the 2011 team. † 'I was delighted with the large turnout of fans and the interest shown. It went down very well that Aaron Summers, Matej Kus and Robert Branford will be on the team sheet when the tapes go up at the Motorpark next March. All had their first full season ....


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Redcar Bears Go Out On A Win

Redcar Bears Go Out On a Win   Redcar Bears rounded the season off with a victory over Somerset Rebels but they were taken right down to the wire. After dominating the first half of the meeting the Bears lead was gradually reeled in and only Aaron Summersí victory in the final nominated heat guaranteed victory.   There were dominant displays last night from Aaron Summers, who rounded off a hugely impressive season in style. The South Tees Silver Helmet winner was out ....


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Bears Aim To Finish Season In Style

The curtain comes down on the sixth season of speedway racing at the South Tees Motorsport Park this Thursday evening when the Redcar Bears face the Somerset Rebels in Premier League action with tapes up from 7.30pm.   This has certainly been a much improved season since the wooden spoon campaign of 2010 and the club has had many positives on and off track as club boss Brian Havelock confirmed: 'This year we have enjoyed the opening of a new grandstand at the speedway arena while the ....


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The Next Chris Kerr

The Redcar Bears entertain the USA touring team at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday evening with tapes up from 7.30pm. This will be an 18-heat nine-a-side challenge match to allow all the tourists a match. With the Bears being a Premier League side the American team will be supplemented by Ryan Fisher, Ricky Wells and Kenny Ingalls the statesiders who race in British Speedway. Ingalls, who now rides for Workington and scored five heat wins in his team's fixture at the Motorpark in ....


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Silver Summers

Redcar Bear Aaron Summers was jubilant in winning the South Tees Silver Helmet. The oldest surviving individual competition in speedway went to Redcar’s popular Aussie who romped to 4 straight race wins and then could afford the luxury of a 3rd spot in the final heat and cruise to overall victory. Summers has now joined such big names as Jason Crump, Peter Karlsson and become the first home rider to win since Ty Proctor signed off as a Bear with a win in 2009. No wonder Aaron was so ....


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Interesting Mix Of Riders For 2011 Silver Helmet

It is the annual staging of the sport's longest running individual event this Thursday at the South Tees Motorsport Park when Redcar Speedway stages the South Tees Silver Helmet featuring 16 riders racing over 20 heats with each rider meeting the other opponents once in five programmed races. The event which starts at 7.30 was first staged at the former Cleveland Park Stadium in 1928. Among the favourites will be previous winners Ty Proctor and Richard Hall plus the in-form Redcar Bear Aaron ....


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Bears Seek Victory To Celebrate Opening Of New Grandstand

The Leicester Lions are the Redcar Bears' Premier League opponents at the South Tees Motorsport Park this evening with tapes up from 7.30pm and the Bears will want to celebrate the opening of a new Grandstand at the speedway arena with a victory. Commented Bears promoter Brian Havelock: 'We have come a long way as a club since the sport was re-launched on Teesside in 2006. Following the opening of a well-appointed clubhouse two years ago we now are able to accommodate 180 spectators in ....


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Proctor Back To Lead The Bears

In the absence of the injured Jason Lyons the Redcar Bears have booked their protege Ty Proctor to guest for them when they face the Edinburgh Monarchs in a Premier League fixture at the South Tees Motorsport Park this evening (Thursday) with tapes up from 7.30pm.   Australian Proctor came to this country to join the Redcar Bears as an unknown in season 2008 and by the end of the season was voted 'Bear of the Year' as well as picking up several other rewards. He moved into the Elite ....


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Intriguing Line-up In Julie's Memory

An interesting mix of known entertainers and fresh faces contest the Julie Lewis Memorial Trophy tonight at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up from 7.30pm. Julie was the office manager at both the former Cleveland Park Stadium from the 1960s and the new speedway track at the Motorpark which opened in 2006. She passed away in August 2010 and the Teesside speedway fraternity were keen to honour her memory.     ....


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Jason Lyons Fractures Femur

The Redcar Bears speedway team have suffered the loss of their number one rider Jason Lyons in a fall during the Premier League fixture at Glasgow on Sunday afternoon. Jason hit a hole on the first bend during the fifth heat and sustained a triple fracture to a femur.   Commented club boss Brian Havelock: 'This is a devastating blow for both rider and club. Easier said than done but I would prefer to sign another rider rather than use guests and I am urgently considering the options ....


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Bears Take On Strong Newport Side

  The Redcar Bears face the Newport Wasps in Premier League action this Thursday evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough with tapes up from 7.30pm. The South Wales side have strengthened their team considerably in recent months with the acquisition of Elite League riders Charlie Gjedde and Jason Doyle and have been winning home and away since.   Commented club boss Brian Havelock: 'This will be another tough one but after last week's home ....


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