All about The Lakeside Hammers

Welcome to THE extreme team sport for all the family and the high speed thrills and spills of  Speedway … and the Vortex Lakeside Hammers!

The Vortex Lakeside Hammers race at The Arena Essex Raceway, based just near the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, will be racing in the SGB Championship from March through to October.

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All about Speedway

If you are unaware of speedway, it’s a unique action packed motorbike sport where four riders, two from each team, race around a shale track reaching speeds of up to 70mph. It’s also worth adding that the bikes, which in power to weight ratio have quicker acceleration than a F1 car, reaching 0-60mph in 3 seconds also have no brakes..! To learn more about speedway and a night at the Hammers, view our Bluffers guide here. 

The growth of the Hammers over the last 8 years has been remarkable. Established for over 25 years, but taken into new ownership from the 2007 season, the Club progressed in 2008 to realise its first ambition of securing a place in the season-ending play-offs. Grand finalists and finishing a hugely successful joint first position in the table, the team followed that up by reaching the play-offs for the second consecutive season in 2009 also securing Knock out Cup glory.

Hammers Community Programme

Speedway is a fantastic family night out, where crowds of all ages mix together and unlike many other professional sports, all of the riders are accessible to fans before and after the meeting. The Hammers work very closely with our local communities, as a part of our successful Community Programme. To learn how we help to promote and communicate a range of initiatives as well as how we could provide a memorable night out for your organisation, visit our Community section.

Advertising and Sponsorship

We also provide a range of cost effect advertising and sponsorship solutions, both online and at every meeting, including live Sky Sports advertising opportunities. If you are a potential sponsor or advertiser, please visit our corporate section.

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Club Honours

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Elite League Knockout Cup winners – 2009
British League Division Two Champions – 1991
British League Division Two Cup winners – 1991
British League Division Two Cup finalists (2) – 1991, 1999
British League Division Two Four Team champions – 1991
British League Division One Cup finalists (1) – 1993
Division Two Riders Champion (2) – Neil Middleditch (1985), Andrew Silver (1987).
Grand Slam Champions (2) – Martin Goodwin (1985), Andrew Silver (1987).


World Finalists (2) – Brian Karger (1992), Leigh Adams (1993)
Grand Prix (4) – Josh Larsen (1995), Mark Loram (2004), Tony Rickardsson (2005),
Andreas Jonsson (2006, 2007, 2008)

Elite League / Division One Riders Championship finalists – Brian Karger (1992), Leigh Adams (1993, 94, 95), Josh Larsen (2004), Mark Loram (2005), Mikael Max (2006), Krzysztof Kasprzak (2007), Adam Shields (2007)

Premier League / Division Two Riders Championship Finalists – Alan Sage (1984), Neil Middleditch (1985), Andrew Silver (1985, 86), Martin Goodwin (1987, 88, 89, 90), Bo Petersen (1991), Troy Pratt (1997), Leigh Lanham (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002), Colin White (2000), Joonas Kylmakorpi (2003)

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