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2001 2002 and beyond!

Newport Cycle Speedway Information

Highlights of 2001 Season

A very busy season for Newport with the club retaining the British Junior League title they won for the first time in the 2000 season. Their 2000 success was rewarded with the best team award at the prestigious Newport Sports Awards evening.

The Club held a number of big events during the last year, including the annual Home International fixture. This event, which was sponsored by the South Wales Argus was won by a strong England A team with Wales finishing a creditable third. The event was preceded by a Wales v England U16 fixture with the Welsh team, composed entirely of Newport riders, putting up a good fight before going down to a team with strength in depth.
A Wales v Scotland event was held on the weekend of the Speedway GP in June.

As mentioned above, on the junior front it was another fine year for the club. In addition to the British title the club enjoyed considerable individual success with Nicky Evans winning the British Junior League (BJL) individual U14 title. The biggest crowd of the season at the Newport track hosting one of the three National BJL finals.

On a regional level the club enjoyed considerable success with Nicky Evans, Ryan Jones and James Turner finishing 1-2-3 in the U14’s event after dominating the regional qualifying rounds. Ben Mould, in his first year in the sport carried off the U8’s title.

The club were fortunate to enjoy the support of their two main sponsors, Alan R Jones Transport and Harvey’s Leisure as the cost of travelling around the South West region is considerable.

On the team front Newport also competed in the newly formed Alliance League against other teams in the South West region. However a shortage of senior riders meant that in some meetings our junior riders were competing against some of the best seniors in the country. The Newport club, whilst welcoming the experience enjoyed limited success in this competition.

2002 and beyond

A respite for Newport on the international front after a hectic 2001, although a full programme of events is planned for the coming season. Newport are keen to hold on to the British Junior title for a third consecutive season With our vast array of talent we are now classed as the biggest cycle speedway club in the UK. This is quite an achievement considering the club went through a very lean time a few years back. Credit for this success must go to the small but dedicated band of individuals who keep the club going together with the parents of the junior riders who always help out with training, and travelling to our away fixtures. In addition, the continuing support of our sponsors is a major factor in our success.

This year of course sees the start of the construction of the new Welsh Velodrome at Newport. As well as heralding a new era for Welsh cycling in general it is also great news for the Newport club as a new cycle speedway track and facilities will be built alongside the Velodrome. The project should be completed in time for the 2004 season and is eagerly awaited.

John Turner
Club Chairman
Jan 2002
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