Hammers take to the High Seas

PUBLISHED: 12:02 22 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:16 04 March 2010

LAKESIDE Hammers looking to continue their march up the Sky Sports Elite League in a vital crunch match against the in-form Wolverhampton Wolves on Wednesday.

LAKESIDE Hammers looking to continue their march up the Sky Sports Elite League in a vital crunch match against the in-form Wolverhampton Wolves on Wednesday.

The calibre of racing on the night will reflect the importance of the meeting, and it will take place against the backdrop of an impressive sponsorship deal struck with the innovative and forward thinking Royal Navy. The Hammers team will take to the track against Wolves sporting a one off Royal Navy race jacket design, whilst one whole bend of the Arena-Essex Raceway will be adorned with the Royal Navy branding.

Hammers co-promoter, Jon Cook, expressed his delight at the new partnership. "For this Club to be associated with an organisation as prestigious as the Royal Navy is a feather in the cap for us, and for Speedway as a whole, as it shows our Sport can be used effectively as an alternative advertising force in these belt tightening times." said Cook. "We are very proud of our armed forces here at the Hammers, and we feel privileged to have been chosen for this new initiative."

Commander Steve Pearson, the officer behind the deal, was equally ebullient. "The UK is an island with over 10,500 miles of coastline, and 600 official ports. We are totally dependent on the sea for trade and our survival.

“The Royal Navy ensures the high seas remain safe across the globe, whilst, as seaborne soldiers, The Royal Marines are widely acknowledged as some of the most highly trained and effective soldiers in the world," said Commander Pearson. "Speedway provides a new way for us to communicate this message to the people we want to talk to, and I'm looking forward to the meeting very much."

The Hammers will track their usual line-up with Phil Morris continuing to take the role of the doubling-up rider, whilst Robert Mear recovers from injury. Joonas Kylmakorpi, following his dash across Europe after last Friday's emphatic win over Peterborough, will move to No.5 in the riding order whilst his fellow Finn, Kauko Nieminen, will ride in the No.2 position.

The Wolves, who are currently second in the League table, will be led by Swedish duo of Peter Karlsson and Fredrik Lindgren. Karlsson is somewhat of an expert around the Hammers Raceway, whilst Lindgren is competing in this year's Grand Prix Series. They will be joined by Tai Woffinden, who recently won his World U-21 semi final and, therefore, will ride in the final later this season. Their top five is completed with the current Polish champion, Adam Skornicki, who is a former Hammers rider and Nicolai Klindt, another Swede. At reserve Australian Ty Proctor will be joined by Jesper Kristiansen a new recruit to the Wolverhampton squad having recently been appointed their official No.8 in place of the injured Jo Haines. Kristiansen also rides alongside Hammers Welshman Phil Morris in the Premier League for the Stoke Potters.

The action gets underway at the Hammers Arena-Essex\Raceway on Wednesday at the earlier time of 7.30pm, in what will be a vital match for both sides.

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