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Bears V Newcastle - Local Pride At Stake

  The Redcar Bears warm up for the season ahead by racing a competitive Newcastle Diamonds team on Thursday evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up at 7.30pm.   The Diamonds were among the form sides of the 2009 Premier League when they made some changes to racing personnel in mid-season and stormed up the table to finish third. They have managed to retain the bulk of that squad for 2010 and will give the Bears an interesting test both on Thursday evening and away ....

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Bears Mauled In Season Opener

  Redcar Bears were handed out a speedway lesson in the season curtain raiser challenge against Workington Comets. The new Redcar team will have plenty to chew over after a 40-49 reverse to an extremely impressive team from the other end of the A66. But I suppose that is what the challenge is all about. Make your mistakes and learn lessons before the real nitty gritty of cups and league start in earnest.   There was a big, big crowd to welcome back speedway to South Bank last ....

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Bears Season Opener On Thursday

  Speedway racing returns to the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough for the fifth successive season on Thursday March 18th. The Redcar Bears will face the Workington Comets in a challenge match with tapes up at 7.30pm.   For the Bears, Gary Havelock has recovered from the back injuries which curtailed his 2009 campaign and will again captain the side from the number one position. A familiar name will be paired with him in the line-up as popular Czech ....

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Redcar Bears Announce Fixtures

Redcar Bears today announced their fixtures for the forthcoming season and it all starts off with a mouth-watering A66 derby home and away Challenge with Workington Comets. It’s very much a new era for fit-again skipper Gary Havelock’s Bears who present a formidable line-up. It will be life after heat leader Ty Proctor as exciting prospect Maks Gregorik steps into the spotlight.   The 2010 Bears will be: Gary Havelock, Ben Wilson, Maks Gregorik, Emiliano Sanchez, Tomas ....

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Jan Graversen Completes Bears Line-up

  Redcar Speedway have confirmed the signing of Danish rider Jan Graversen to complete their septet for the 2010 campaign which commences at the South Tees Motorsport Park at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th March with a North-East challenge match against the Newcastle Diamonds.   22-year-old Graversen moves to the Teesside club from the Kings Lynn Stars where he was a member of the Norfolk team's treble-winning side. As such he re-acquaints with Emiliano Sanchez who was a team-mate in ....

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Redcar Bears Confirm Six Of Their 2010 Team

    Popular Tomas Suchanek will return to the South Tees Motorsport Park for the 2010 speedway campaign which begins on Thursday March 25th with a match against Newcastle. The Czech Republic international was a member of the 2006 Bears squad that relaunched the sport on Teesside and so will certainly race with confidence at his home circuit.   Tomas will be joined in the new line up by Argentinian Emiliano Sanchez who was the 2009 'Rider of the Year' with the Kings Lynn Stars ....

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Ty Finishes On A High

  Ty Proctor won the oldest trophy in speedway yesterday when he captured the South Tees Silver helmet before announcing his departure from Redcar Bears. The exciting young Aussie has his eye on going to the very top in speedway so it is the Elite League for him. Still, he has left us with some fantastic memories and last night was the silver lining to his Bears career. Oh another thing we could just have found his successor in the talent and excitement stakes because young Slovenian Maks ....

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South Tees Silver Helmet - Tonight

  OLDEST INDIVIDUAL MEETING STAGED AT SOUTH TEES   The sport's oldest and longest-running individual speedway competition which was first held at the Cleveland Park Stadium in 1928 - the South Tees Silver Helmet - is staged again this evening (Thursday) at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up at 7.30pm.   16 riders will compete over 20 heats with every one racing each once over five starts. As was traditional with the World Speedway Final until 1994 - the rider who ....

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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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Giffardssonís 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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