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Sensational Line-up For Retiring Bear

Giffardsson’s Farewell Tonight at Redcar Bears   Dan Giffard has released the full line up for his Giffardsson’s Farewell benefit meeting at Redcar tonight (Thursday 22nd October), and it looks sensational.   He will have the new Elite League champions Wolverhampton with all their big guns blazing, and top PL men Joe Haines and Lee Complin drafted in at reserve.   In his Redcar Select team, managed by Bears’ captain Gary Havelock, he has concentrated on ....


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Stars Appearing For 'giffardson'

Former World Champion Mark Loram will be the guest of honour at “Giffardsson’s Farewell”, the meeting for Dan Giffard at Redcar on Thursday 22nd October.   Dan said “He has always been my favourite rider.    “Our paths have crossed over the years. When I started he was riding for Poole, and I used to get a bit of advice off him there. He seemed to remember me.    “When I broke my knuckles in 2003 he was riding for Eastbourne, ....


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Karting For A Fiver: Back For Half Term

So successful was this summer break's 'Karting for a Fiver' campaign at the Teesside Autodrome off South Bank Road in Middlesbrough that the promotion is to be repeated for the forthcoming half-term school breaks in the Tees Valley region.   Explained Teesside Karting chief Bob Pope: 'Such was the demand that we felt that those who missed out should get a further opportunity while those who were clamouring for more instruction and track action should have the chance to return and extend ....


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Giffardsson’s Farewell

No speedway tonight after Redcar Bears were defeated by Scunthorpe in the Jack Young Shield but please note a special event coming up at the Motorpark. Dan Giffard will be staging a farewell meeting at Redcar on Thursday 22nd October, called Giffardsson’s Farewell, which will feature a team match between Wolverhampton Wolves and a Redcar Select in which Dan intends to book a few of his high-quality mates.     Wolves will probably have been crowned Elite League winners by then ....


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Bears Take Sting Out Of Scorpions.

  In a thrilling night of cup speedway action Redcar Bears have taken a 6 point lead in the home leg of their Jack Young Shield. The question is will it be enough to defend at Scunny Friday night?   It was always a tall order to defeat the Scunthorpe side that already KO’ed our KO Cup chances this season. But with Ty Proctor raring to go after finishing third in the Premier League Riders championship and new signing Maks Gregoric eager to please Redcar gave it a real go. ....


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New Boy Makes Bears Debut At Crucial Time

    24-year-old Slovenian international Maks Gregoric makes his Bears debut in the home leg of the first round of the Jack Young Shield against the Scunthorpe Scorpions at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday evening at 7.30pm.   Maks replaces Redcar club captain Gary Havelock who will not have recovered from four broken vertebrae wings sustained in a crash during the televised match against Edinburgh at the Motorpark on August 24th. The Bears had been operating the ....


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Chris Kerr Back With The Bears

  With Redcar having not had the best return from the rider replacement rule to cover for the injured Gary Havelock then for the first leg of the Tweed-Tees Trophy against Berwick this (Thursday) evening the Bears management have booked Chris Kerr as a guest. The popular American ex-Bear will also fulfil that role for the second leg at Berwick on the Saturday evening and is partnered with close friend Ty Proctor. Chris was top scorer for his current club Newport at the South Tees ....


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Wasps Add Sting To The Tail

One of Sweden's outstanding young speedway talents will make his British racing debut at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday evening when the Newport Wasps are in town to meet the Redcar Bears in Premier League action.   19-year-old Kim Nilsson has already twice been a medallist in the Under-21 World Team Cup Final for his native country and is in the top five in that age category in Sweden.   After an indifferent season the Newport management are planning ahead for season ....


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Rockets Land At South Tees

    A fascinating mix of rising young talent and the amazing Andrew Silver arrive at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough on Thursday evening when the Redcar Bears entertain the Rye House Rockets in Premier League speedway action with tapes up at 7.30pm.   Although Robert Mear will be missing through injury and the Rockets are sweating on the fitness of Luke Bowen - both products of the Hertfordshire club's youth development sysyem - teenagers Joe ....


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Bears Aim To Tame Those Tigers

      It's FRIDAY night speedway at the South Tees Motorsport Park this week as the Redcar Bears face the Sheffield Tigers in Premier League action at 7.30pm for the second time in 24 hours. The Bears will contest the away fixture at the Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield on the Thursday evening.   The Bears have been sweating on the fitness of two of their star riders with Ben Wilson and Gary Havelock having been taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough after ....


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Sky Thriller For Bears

  It started late after the heavens opened and finished abruptly with captain Havvy going to hospital. In between there was some thrilling racing and a well deserved victory for Redcar Bears.   In the end the final heat couldn’t take place as it was after the Redcar Council curfew but hopefully Sky viewers got their moneys-worth showing just how competitive Premier League speedway can be. Also locally this should be the trigger for even bigger crowds at the Motorsports Park ....


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Sky Is The Limit For Bears

    There will a MONDAY staging of the Redcar Bears next Premier League fixture as the cameras of Sky TV visit the South Tees Motorsport Park on 24th August for the visit of the reigning league champions the Edinburgh Monarchs with the rider parade at 7.15pm prior to the speedway racing.   Commented Bears boss Brian Havelock: 'This is a feather in the cap for both the club and for the Premier League. We only revived the sport on Teesside in 2006 and we have had to work hard ....


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Change Of Format For Bears Racenight

    Redcar Speedway will stage their first Best Pairs formula of the new era - the Teesside Open Pairs - at the South Tees Motorsport Park on this evening with tapes up at 7.30pm   In addition to the Redcar Bears squad there will a fresh face to the British Speedway scene, a popular ex-Bear and a number of racers from other tracks in the Premier League in the mix.   Points will be scored on the conventional 3,2,1,0 system according to position with six pairs making ....


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Redcar Bears Cup Ko

  Redcar Bears toppled out of the KO cup last night but made Scunthorpe battle all the way. Scunthorpe came into last night’s re-arranged KO Cup 2nd leg (was originally the 1st leg) trailing by a big 11 points margin. That uphill task became a mountain when Robbie Kessler crashed out of the meeting in his first race. But credit where credit’s due the remaining 6 riders fought tooth and nail all the way but finally had to bow out. We can concentrate on the league ....


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Brian Shuffles The Pack

    With the Scunthorpe Scorpions at the South Tees Motorsport Park from 7.30pm on Thursday evening in Knockout Cup action against the Redcar Bears - team manager Brian Havelock has adjusted his team line-up.   Under new rules this season the clubs must show each other their team sheets well in advance with team managers having the capacity to switch the riding order of certain team members if necessary. Brian was already planning to switch Carl Stonehewer to number two but ....


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Diamonds Are Forever!

  A much improved Newcastle Diamonds will represent one of the strongest challenges since 2006 when the Tynesiders visit the South Tees Motorsport in Premier League action against the Redcar Bears on Thursday evening with tapes up at 7.30pm.   Having mauled the Bears by 64 points to 26 on July 19th in a match which saw six of the Redcar team hit the deck on a controversial track - the Diamonds have been competitive on the road leading their team manager George English to state: 'We ....


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Redcar Rock Rebels In A Thriller

    What an exhilarating meeting at the Motorsport Park last night as Redcar came from behind to clinch victory and all the 3 points against the mighty Somerset Rebels. The final score of 52-41 masks the story of a night of high drama and some spectacular racing.   There were few clues early on that this would be a special night. The experienced former Elite Aussie Steve Johnston led the Rebels off to the first of five successive heat victories. Redcar were only able to stay ....


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Busy Bears Face The Rebels

  It's three matches in three days for the Redcar Bears starting with a home Premier League fixture against the Somerset Rebels this Thursday evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up at 7.30pm.   The Rebels representatives have featured well in national competiions so far this season being silver medallists in the Premier Pairs and Premier Fours competitions. This is a reflection on the strong spearhead of Australian Steve Johnston and Swede Emil Kramer plus a rising ....


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Bandits Aim To Plunder Points

  The Berwick Bandits travel down the A1 to the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday evening determined to plunder Premier League points from the Redcar Bears when the tapes rise at 7.30pm.   There is some inside knowledge in the Border club's ranks as young reserve Greg Blair is a former Redcar Cub and team manager Dave Peet was Clerk of the Course at the circuit off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough from season 2006 when the sport was revived on Teesside.   The Bandits have ....


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Sadness Surrounds Bears Match With Scunthorpe

  This (Thursday) evening the Scunthorpe Scorpions visit the South Tees Motorsport Park at 7.30pm for the first leg of the second round of the Knockout Cup competition but with one key figure missing.   For in the early hours of Monday morning the Leven-based team manager of the Scorpions Kenny Smith passed away after losing his battle against throat cancer. Kenny was a trouper to the end and was in charge of the Scorpions for the final time on Saturday evening in their home ....


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Bears Blast The Comets

  Redcar Bears won the battle of the north when they defeated the side that started the week as Premier League leaders. After BBC Look North cameras set the scene from the Motorsport Park a big crowd gathered for this clash of the titans.   Redcar’s recently promoted no.1 Ty Proctor roared away to victory leaving Workington skipper Kevin Doolan trailing in his wake. Robbie Kessler managed to take a point ahead of the Comets rider replacement Craig Cook.   With Charles ....


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League Leaders Fly Into South Tees

Premier League leaders the Workington Comets bring their powerful heat leader trio to the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday evening to face the Redcar Bears with tapes up at 7.30pm.   Aussie Kevin Doolan, Czech Adrian Rymel and Brit Andre Compton are seasoned professionals who will test the Bears top riders while ex-Redcar Cub Richard Lawson is a rising star who must be contained if the Bears are to win through in what promises to be a close and exciting Premier League ....


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Redcar Rock Newcastle

  Redcar Bears 53:37 Newcastle Diamonds. That’s the kind of emphatic result that Teessiders really appreciate against the Geordies. The final score though only tells half the story because Redcar trailed through the first part of the meeting, at one point by as much as 6 points. In the end we triumphed. Ty Proctor scored a maximum and local lad Stuart Swales made a triumphant comeback.   It was a struggle early on for the Bears as Newcastle meant business and roared into a ....


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Bears Take On Their Favourite Opponents

    The Newcastle Diamonds are the visitors to the South Tees Motorsport Park the home of the Redcar Bears on Thursday evening in Premier Trophy action with tapes up at 7.30pm   “We love taking on the Geordies whatever the fixture at anytime and anywhere,” exclaimed Teessider boss Brian Havelock who, along with his son and Bears skipper Gary, hails from Yarm. “There was a time when the Diamonds ruled the roost not just in the North East region but in the ....


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Bears Beat Brummies In Thriller

  Redcar Bears defeated Birmingham Brummies in a rip-roaring night of speedway. The Bears couldn’t prevent the Brummies taking a point which was fair enough on a night when both sides were so evenly matched that points were equal from six of the heats (six of the first eight!).   The first surprise was that Benji Compton was back at reserve, for one more night only. New signing Stuart Swales was unavailable after all this week because the aggregate averages for the side would ....


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