Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears in 11th Hour Rider Search as Hall Quits the Sport; Speedway

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears in 11th Hour Rider Search as Hall Quits the Sport; Speedway

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Byline: Martin Neal Sports writer

REDCAR Bears have begun the hunt for a new rider after Richard Hall announced he was quitting a month before the start of the season.

Hall, who had a brief spell at South Tees Motorsports Park last year, was seen as a potential trump card for the Ecco Finising Bears as there was genuine belief he could signifi-cantly increase his average of 4.28.

But just as last year when visa issues prevented Kozza Smith from taking his place in the team as the start of the season approached, the club find themselves looking for a replacement at the 11th hour.

"I was informed by (promoter) Brian Havelock that Richard had contacted him to say he no longer wished to ride for Redcar," said Bears team manager Jitendra Duffill.

"I assume that means he won't be riding speedway at all because he said he didn't have any bikes or any money to get equipment. It's disappointing because I feel he is a good rider who could have increased his average, which is what you need if you are going to challenge for honours. …

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