Welcome aboard, Thomas H Jonasson!
What a great first night in Bandits’ colours and some spirited riding is exactly what the doctor ordered after the rough couple of weeks for the team.
Newcastle always come to Shielfield with fire in their bellies and last Saturday was no exception. Tommy Jorgensen, Matty Wethers and Stevie Worrall all know the fastest way around our track so it was no surprise that they applied some pressure early on.
THJ definitely got up to pace quickly and beat some accomplished Shielfield specialists riders in doing so.
As his riding partner in Thomas’s early rides I tried wherever I could to team-ride and protect his track position but he was on the pace so quickly that there was really little need and we both had a successful scorecard come the end of the night.
It was great to see Aaron in the pits as well on Saturday and by now you will probably know that he needs to have an operation to repair the damage to his foot. Spud has been solid as a rock riding as our number one and despite a few heavy knocks during the season he always held strong and showed he is a Bandit through and through.
It is a real shame to see him finish the season on the sidelines but the important thing is that he gets that nasty foot injury repaired as soon as possible.
On Saturday we take on all that Scotland has to throw at us, speedway-wise as we face both Edinburgh and Glasgow back-to-back.
For our riders that means being on our toes and getting set up for twice the normal amount of racing.
It means 14 tyres will be fitted, 70 litres of methanol and 28 litres of engine oil used, at least 14 air filters and, in all likelihood, over £1,000-worth of clutch plates will be used during the night’s racing – and that’s just us Bandits!
On the track preparation side I’m sure Razor will be pumping twice as much water and burning twice as much diesel to provide the perfect race track again. All we need is for the weather to be kind and that we have an accident-free night of exciting racing.
We are all still pushing for the play-offs – Friday night’s trip to Glasgow and Saturday’s results will play a big part in deciding the outcome of that.
Either way time is running out for me to hassle you for sponsorship for the half-marathon I’m running on October 13th and this will be the last chance to beg fans for sponsorship – either by grabbing me and filling out my sponsorship form after the meetings -- or going to Virgin Money Giving and searching for ‘Kevin Doolan’ to find my fundraising page.
I know to the home fans it will seem like I have banged on about this forever but raising money for Children with Cancer UK is a great cause and I am looking forward to tallying up both the personal and online sponsorships soon to give me that extra boost before I run the race.
As far as my training goes it hit a snag the other week when I bashed my shoulder against Scunthorpe.
To protect it for a busy racing spell, instead of running the 21 kilometre half-marathon distance (13 miles) every week I have had to settle for walking the distance so that I don’t aggravate my shoulder.
I’m hoping that after this weekend’s matches I can get back to running and be 100% ready for the challenge.