Preview: British Club Championships Finale
Venue: Harbourside Park, Poole: 7 August 2010
Words: Graham Sutton
A double bill of British Club Championship racing takes place at Harbourside Park, Poole on Saturday August 7th with the final two rounds of the 2010 competition providing the ideal shop window for the very best of cycle speedway.
The eagerly awaited Women's event sees hot favourites Leicester seeking to win the trophy for a fifth consecutive time but they will come under intense pressure from challengers Ipswich who have finished runners up in each of the last four years. Wednesfield, Horspath, Sheffield and hosts Poole complete the line up for the final, which gets under way at 2pm. The event provides the latest showpiece for women's racing which has steadily grown in popularity in recent seasons.
A host of top names contest the Senior Championship and there is sure to be cut-throat competition in the semi-finals as clubs compete for one of the four coveted final places. Defending champions Birmingham will face Premier League leaders Horspath and home favourites Poole in the curtain raising semi-final at 11am followed at 1230 by a head-on clash between giants of the sport, Leicester, Wednesfield and Sheffield with Ipswich in the mix for good measure.
The senior final will provide the climax to the racing schedule at 4pm which will also determine the 2010 British Club Champions based on performance in all seven competitions through from Under 10's to Vets. With Grand-Prix style points scoring the aggregate table shows Poole currently holding a clear lead ahead of Ipswich with Horspath, Sheffield, 2009 champions Wednesfield and Leicester next in line.
A gala family day is promised by the host club with trackside stalls, novelty competitions, face painting and entertainments and a full refreshment service throughout the race programme. Ample free parking space will be available adjacent to the track.
Overall Club Championship table prior to final day: