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BRITISH FINAL IN MANCHESTER ON MONDAY

The British Championship Final has been pushed back to Monday and will now take place at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium.

25 / 09 / 2020, 19:41

The British Championship Final has been pushed back to Monday and will now take place at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium due to concerns over Saturday night’s weather at Ipswich.

With Foxhall hit by heavy rain for three days and more due to fall tomorrow, Ipswich boss Chris Louis revealed he couldn’t guarantee a fit track for the biggest meeting to be staged in the UK this year.

British Speedway bosses were due to run the national final at Foxhall in front of 2,200 fans as a UK Government-sanctioned test event, but the meeting has been beset with problems due to increases in restrictions to combat Covid-19.

The crowd limit was slashed to 1,000 and the event was then due to be run behind closed doors due as coronavirus infections rise across Britain.

The action will now take place at its traditional venue in Manchester without a crowd, although fans can follow the action live online via SportCentral.tv at a cost of £12.95.

British Speedway Promoters Ltd vice chairman Damien Bates said: “It’s extremely disappointing for Chris and Ipswich as a club to miss out on the meeting. It has been a stressful and time-consuming exercise for him to put this on.

“As a board, we are all agreed on putting this event on. Everything that has been against us will be overcome. We are taking a financial risk with no fans and we wanted to give the meeting the very best chance to go ahead. We thank Belle Vue for their co-operation and support.”

Louis added: “Everything has been against us and the weather was the final nail. It’s a showpiece event with an online audience and we want it to be spot on. By moving to Belle Vue on Monday with a good weather forecast, this gives us that opportunity. It’s a great disappointment for Ipswich Speedway, but we are right behind the event and want it to be a big success in these testing times.”

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