FEATURE | NO STOPPING SPEEDWAY SUPER FAN
If the SGP stars thought they had a busy travelling schedule, British speedway super fan Rob Woodhall could give them a run for their money.
14 / 09 / 2019, 09:55
If the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars thought they had a busy travelling schedule, British super fan Rob Woodhall could give them a run for their money.
Many of the world’s top riders split their time between the Polish and Swedish leagues, with some also competing in Britain and Denmark, as well as in the SGP World Championship.
But Rob isn’t afraid to put in the miles either. He has visited 81 speedway meetings across Europe this season so far, including the Boll Warsaw SGP, ANLAS Czech SGP and Betard Wroclaw SGP, as well as two Polish league matches. He’s also heading to Cardiff on September 21 and hoping to get to Torun.
In theory it's one minute of racing and anything can happen. It's unpredictable and anyone on that line could win.
And that’s despite battling with injuries sustained seven years ago which have left him disabled. “I refuse to let my disability take over my life,” he said. “To give you an example, at the end of August and beginning of September, I went to Swindon on the Thursday, Redcar on the Friday and Redcar again and Berwick on the Saturday.
“I then went to Sheffield for the Championship Riders Individual on the Sunday, Wolves on the Monday, Somerset on the Wednesday and Poole on the Thursday to see my team the Wolves reach the play offs.”
Supported by great friend Nigel Jackson, who has given up most his annual leave this year to accompany him, Rob is extremely grateful for his support, saying “I really couldn’t do it without him, he pushes me round when I need it and we have a great laugh! It’s lucky he likes speedway as much as me.”
Rob has been following the sport since the age of 12 and is a huge fan of three time world champion and Wolves legend Tai Woffinden.
Rob also relishes introducing new people to speedway and this year is bringing two newbies to Cardiff. He also gives all the programmes he collects to a little girl in Birmingham who heads to the track every Wednesday to watch the racing.
Asked why he loves speedway so much, Rob insists you can’t take your eyes off the sport’s short, sharp, action-packed heats.
“In theory it's one minute of racing and anything can happen,” he said. “It's unpredictable and anyone on that line could win.”
Are you a speedway super fan like Rob? Share your stories with us on @SpeedwayGP social media as we build up to the Adrian Flux FIM British SGP in Cardiff next Saturday.
Tickets for the Principality Stadium event on September 21 are still available online until 12:00 on Thursday. Book here now so you don’t miss out: http://bit.ly/2wo33ss.