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Its Ben Fund Time... NOT ... As weather postpones season opener
Monday 12th March 2018, 21:58 UK
ROY CLARKE
Hello and welcome to the first of what was to have been a pre-meeting look at the Ben Fund at Peterborough but sadly due to the awful state of the track which would take way more time than available to fix the damage along with a foul and seriously cold forecast ... The meeting has been postponed with a restaging date still to be finalised. In the meantime here is Ranting Roy's preview of the meeting which should have been.......
 
The future contributions will be in the blog zone - where this was meant to be had it not been for a technical hitch!

But I hear you say, there’s two weeks before our opener on April Fools Day, correct, but next Sunday, at the East Of England Showground, the annual Ben Fund Meeting takes place, and what a line up it is. So all roads head to Peterborough and don’t be put off by the nutter who’s on the centre green.

The last few years Paul Ackroyd and his band of helpers have struggled to get the BIG names to turn up for this very special event, to raise money for injured rider. But thankfully the BIG names are turning out and you don’t get any bigger than the current World Champion Jason Doyle, well done Doyley, you are certainly standing up as Champ and setting an example to everyone.

Jason is being joined by fellow Aussies Sam Masters and the young man who won the Championship Riders meeting at Glasgow last season Nick Morris.

There’s also Brits a plenty, in the shape of Chris Harris, Scott Nicholls, Ben Barker, Danny King and Charles Wright. I must give Ben Barker a special mention, whatever you think of Ben, you have to admire a young man who has rode in all TEN Ben Fund meetings, congratulations Ben that shows an awful lot about you, as you certainly are thinking of others.

Next is a gaggle of Danes, with Hans Andersen, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard, Thomas Jorgensen and Niels Kristian Iversen, all in action and will certainly add a lot of entertainment to the day.

But last and certainly not least, for us Diamonds fan, there’s no fewer than three ex Diamonds in action. 2016 and 2017 Diamond of the year ‘Supa’ Stevie Worrall, will certainly be out to impress his Scorpion and Aces fans, especially as he is captaining both teams this season. Plus there’s an added bonus for me, as hopefully Elliott will be there and I’ll hunt him out for a special Ben Fund ‘Elliott Report’.

Next up are two Diamonds legends, our Dynamic Danes Bjarne Pedersen and Kenneth Bjerre, way back in 2000 Bjarne set the Brough Park track on fire, with his smooth classy style and now as father time is starting to tell him it’s time to slow down, Bjarne is showing no sign of wanting to. Still as accomplished on a bike as he ever was, expect Super BP to be up there at the front, in this meeting.

Last but certainly not least is KB, Kenneth Bjerre joined the Diamonds in 2002 and had everyone on the edge of there seats, with his outside passing and exciting style. Small in stature, but certainly big on talent KB still has a lot to offer and as an ex Panther, I wouldn’t be surprised to see KB on the rostrum.

If this is not enough to wet your appetite to head down the A1, maybe the sight of seeing these men on a bike again, first Oliver Allen one man who was always promised a warm welcome at Newcastle. Or there’s the chance to see former Diamond Garry Stead lapping the big showground on a speedway bike. Then there’s former Diamonds Mascot and 1992 World Champion Gary Havelock, back on a bike for the first time, since his crash that cut short his career.

You have to admit, there’s already plenty there to excite anyone, but I believe there’s going to be a lot more surprises on the day, plus an auction in the Arena after the main event. This is going to be a special day, so get down there and come and join me in the fun and action.

Gates open at 5pm for a 6:30pm start of the Main Event, but there will be track action prior to that from around 6pm.

See you there and get the Black and White flying.
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