Investigation launched after ERC is called off

Troy Batchelor

Troy Batchelor

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SWINDON riders Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand will have to wait a few more days for their first competitive action after this evening's Elite Riders' Championship at Coventry was postponed.

With nearly an hour to go before the scheduled start of the meeting, and the sun shining, the decision was made to call off the meeting due to the track being judged unfit to ride.

BSPA chairman Alex Harkess revealed in a statement that an investigation will now be launched into what went on at Brandon.

He said: "The first thing to say is to apologise to the many supporters who paid good money to see the event which had a superb line-up.

"It is also not the start anyone wanted for the start of our new TV deal with Sky Sports.
"We regret very much what happened but on Saturday morning I had assurances that everything would be fine with the track.

"I can understand totally the anger of supporters and, of course, we offer our sincere apologies to everyone who was inconvenienced.

"We will now carry out a full investigation to establish why this totally unacceptable situation was allowed to develop and will comment further when this investigation has been concluded."

Batchelor arrived at the stadium and, without taking a proper look at the track, was informed the meeting was off.

"You can understand when a meeting is rained off but the sun is shining it's hard to really understand why," he said.

"I didn't really look at the track but I was told the meeting was off.

"I've now got one week before I fly to New Zealand for the first GP so hopefully the Swindon meetings will be on this Thursday and Friday so I can get some track time.

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1:32pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bobbinalong says...

Maybe the calling off of the meeting was justice for short changing of us loyal supporters for last seasons debacle at Blunsdon and the promise of making supporters an offer for this seasons meeting if we kept our tickets! An offer of a free programme wasn't close to expectations!! Surely half price admittance would have been nearer to the mark!!
I wonder what they will offer supporters for next season?
Surely such a high profile meeting should not have allowed a meeting to take place on the track the night before, especially a 3rd tier one!! Also any sort of covers could have been used to ensure the track was kept relatively dry - it cant be beyond the wit of man to have done something. Another example of Speedway being run by small minded unimaginative people with no thought for the fans or for the consequences of the damage their ineptitude is doing to Speedway in the UK
Maybe the calling off of the meeting was justice for short changing of us loyal supporters for last seasons debacle at Blunsdon and the promise of making supporters an offer for this seasons meeting if we kept our tickets! An offer of a free programme wasn't close to expectations!! Surely half price admittance would have been nearer to the mark!! I wonder what they will offer supporters for next season? Surely such a high profile meeting should not have allowed a meeting to take place on the track the night before, especially a 3rd tier one!! Also any sort of covers could have been used to ensure the track was kept relatively dry - it cant be beyond the wit of man to have done something. Another example of Speedway being run by small minded unimaginative people with no thought for the fans or for the consequences of the damage their ineptitude is doing to Speedway in the UK bobbinalong
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