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 Lakeside Hammers!
The Lakeside Hammers race at The Rye House Stadium having moved from their former home the Arena Essex Raceway, in September 2018.
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All about Speedway
With a top speed of around 80mph. Speedway bikes have no brakes, just one fixed gear, a clutch and 500cc engines which run on methanol fuel. In power to weight ratio, a speedway bike can accelerate from 0-60 mph, faster than a Formula 1 car.
Speedway tracks are oval and vary across the country. They are covered with shale, a surface which allows riders to power slide around the corners in spectacular fashion.
Typical Speedway league racing is run between two teams over 15 heats (or races) which each consist of four laps. Each team has 7 riders with 2 riders from each team taking part in each heat with a simple objective – to beat the opposition and get to the chequered flag first! The Hammers riders are identified by red and blue helmet colours and their famous crossed Hammers racesuits.
If a rider wins a race he earns his team 3 points, 2 points for second and 1 point for third.
In addition to club racing, an individual world championship Grand Prix takes place throughout the year at some of Europe’s leading venues.
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)