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Tero Happy To Be Home
Sunday 11th February 2018, 19:15 UK
JEFF KING
Photo: Steve Brock
Things are gathering pace at Newcastle Diamonds, that is Newcastle BTS Diamonds, as the new season draws ever closer
 
Last week the club announced two new riders for 2018 bringing their compliment up to five with two more to come.

This week there was the fantastic news that local businessman and long-time Diamonds fan John Taylor had moved in to be the club’s main sponsor in 2018 under the guise of his Cramlington-based company, Boiler Technical Services (BTS).

One of those two newly named riders, Finnish star Tero Aarnio, reflected on his signing and his hopes for the Diamonds and himself as he returned to the club he last raced for in 2016.

“I’m more than happy to be back. Newcastle was first option in my head when I started to plan 2018. I was really well prepared 2016 until knee injury ruined whole season.”

“Newcastle couldn’t fit me in 2017 which was bit disappointing but because I really enjoyed my spell at Newcastle, I have wanted to come back since. For some reason I have felt myself very comfortable at Newcastle.”

“People has helped me a lot outside of the track which made life at Newcastle easy and enjoyable. I want to thank everyone who has been helping me in Newcastle and made me feel welcome. Last season I stayed at Newcastle even though I was riding for Scunthorpe.”

The Newcastle promotion were rocked when the 100% committed racer Tero picked up a season ending injury early in 2016 and they had to replace someone they had hoped would be a big part of their plans.

Now they have the Finn back in their ranks and he’s looking forward to getting back on track at Newcastle, a track many find uncomfortable and difficult to ride. Tero though is happy to be back and preparing well for the season ahead.

“People find Brough difficult which makes it perfect home-track. Once you learn to how to ride it it’s perfect home venue. Fair and easy track is nice to ride but end of the day it’s all about winning and scoring which is easier when you have home advantage.”

“I have invested a lot for this season. All engines which I bring to British league are different than last year and bikes are build up by my dad back home, so I believe I have better machinery for this season than I have ever got.”

“Also, I have done more work for fitness than ever. I feel that this year is now or never year for me. Of course, all these investments has put me financial pressure so if anyone feels that they would like to help I’m ready to talk.”

Tero has watched with interest as his “home” club have brought in not only that new sponsor but a new promoter in Martin Phillips.

“New fresh ideas for running the club are always welcomed. Speedway generally lack crowd and new promoter definitely bring onboard new ideas how to bring new people through turnstiles.”

“I’m doing my best on the track that crowd is enjoying product what they have come to see. I look forward to work with new promotion and I try to make everything possible to make Newcastle big and strong club.”

“I will bring to Newcastle, never give up attitude! Fans won’t ever see me giving up before chequered flag. My target is to be main factor why Newcastle surprise some big clubs and we going to play offs.”

“There it’s all about team spirit and form of the day. When I see 5 first names on team sheet I can’t see anything else than great team spirit which lead us flying...”

Tero in his own words sounds excited, committed and ready to be part of the 2018 Diamonds and signed off with a message to the loyal Brough Park fans.

“I want to thank all fans who has gave me really warm welcome back on social media. It feels great and gives me boost to try even more.”

“When season starts please remember to bring at least one friend with you to Brough. Let’s do Brough even more difficult for visitors with big noisy crowd.”
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