Lewis Makes National League Debut!
Lewis will be making his National League debut on Wed 25th May,1 day after his 15th birthday!
The team news and story from the official website of the Buxton Hitmen is provided below!
Following a blank weekend where once again the only winner was the rain the Hitmen try to get their season back on track with a tough looking trip to East Anglia to face the King's Lynn Youngstars.
Team Boss Jason Pipe is out to create a surprise at Saddlebow Road
‘We head to Norfolk on Wednesday evening full of confidence and can't see no reason why we can't surprise one or two people and get a result against King's Lynn, who are known for being a club with a good home advantage because of the amount of time their riders can get to practice on their own circuit. Birmingham have shown recently that Lynn are a team that can be beaten in their own back yard. Our team may not be as strong as Birmingham, but I do believe we have enough strength throughout the team to get a result. All our lads are really up for this meeting and they to believe we can get something from this meeting. This will be the first outing for Lynn with their new riding or-der, so let's hope we can take advantage, as they get used to having a new riding partner! I'm also still looking at the best way for us to have our own pairings and I'll be looking at this more closely over the next few matches, with a little tinkering here and there. I'm looking for Ollie, Jade and Raj (Ryan Blacklock) to hit double figures like I do in every meeting, which they are all capable of doing and have shown that in previous visits to Lynn over the years. I'm also sure this is the type of track that will suit Ryan Burton down to the ground and if we can get him scoring a few at reserve like he did at Coventry the other week, then I'm certain we will get something from this meeting.'
The last time Pipe was at King's Lynn he was in the other camp and this time he is happy to do his bit for the future of British Speedway by handing a NL debut to Lewis Whitmore.
‘Having being a guest team manager for Lynn already this season, I know their boys will be giving it that little bit extra to make sure I won't be on the winning side! Whatever the outcome, I'm sure that the fans will be in for a good entertaining meeting. I've decided to not use the rider replace-ment facility on Wednesday for 2 reasons. One is because with us only being allowed the reserves, Raj and Shelby to cover for Steven Jones (returns on Sunday), it puts too much pressure on the re-serves, especially if they also have to be brought in to cover a ride or 2 elsewhere during the meeting and also we are more or less banking on Raj winning his r/r ride and Shelby is still getting to grips with UK racing and his set ups and doesn't need the pressure of an extra ride. The other reason for not using r/r is so that I can take a look at a young rider called Lewis Whitmore, who is a regular second halfer at Lynn and someone who is rated very highly, having being a regular also in the British youth rounds over the last few seasons. Lewis turns 15 on Tuesday this week (24th), which may even make him the youngest ever rider to make his NL debut. I'm sure Malcolm Vasey is the one who could clarify that. It's always good to take a look at these lads of the future and it's no secret that I'm also looking at riders to keep other riders on their toes and the reason why we have a MDL side at Buxton. Some may say I'm taking a gamble here and maybe I am, but it's a gamble worth taking! Young lads like Lewis are the future and with his track knowledge and Burt's liking for bigger tracks, I'm more confident doing this than I am using r/r! Let's hope for some dry weather on Wednesday and hopefully we can add to our 3 league points that we got on the road nearly a month ago!'
Kings Lynn 1 Josh Bailey 2 Ryan Kinsley 3 Shane Hazelden 4 Tom Stokes 5 Nathan Greaves 6 Layne Cupitt 7 Scott Campos
Buxton 1 Oliver Greenwood 2 Lee Geary 3 Shelby Rutherford 4 Ryan Blacklock 5 Jade Mudgway (C) 6 Lewis Whitmore 7 Ryan Burton