HISTORY IN THE MAKING AS GIRL POWER HITS PERRY BARR

Tuesday August 13, 2019
BIRMINGHAM are hoping history will finally be made at Perry Barr tomorrow night (Wednesday, 7.30).

Two female racers will line-up on opposite teams in the second half event for the first time in the sport’s 90 plus year existence.

Rachel Hellowell, of the Birmingham Ductair Electrics Bulls, will go head-to-head with Francesca Kirtley-Paine of Weymouth following Brummies’ exciting Championship clash with Scunthorpe.

“It’s been a long time coming,” club co-promoter Laurence Rogers said.

“The two girls were due to meet back in May when we rode against Edinburgh but a bad crash in the last race of the main event meant we had to cut the racing short early that night.

“But it will be an honour for the club to enter the record books and quite ironically it will be Rachel’s last meeting for the Bulls for a fair while as she prepares to move away to start her new job.

“We’re seeing more female racers gradually trying Speedway racing and it’s great to see.

“Rach and Cesca are good friends off the track but deep down they’ll both be aiming to be the top girl tomorrow for sure.

“That’s the second half event and the main event promises to be another cracker.

“Ourselves and Scunthorpe had a thrilling contest at their place on Friday and that one ended in a draw.

“They’ve got some very entertaining riders too such as Jake Allen and Stefan Nielsen and in Ben Barker and Josh Auty they’ve got two very experienced riders who know the
Perry Barr track very well indeed having ridden for Birmingham earlier this decade.

“We’ve got a solid 1-7 ourselves now though with plenty of entertainers of our own so I really do think this will be one of the fixtures of the season.

“Some of the racing was great again last week, the track and new material has had another week to settle and fingers crossed we’ll get a good crowd in.”

Kids 11 and Under go free at Perry Barr and there'll be a chance for supporters to meet the riders in the pits beforehand too.

PICTURE: CHRIS SIMPSON

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