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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Coventry rise to the top.

Byline: WAYNE CAMPBELL

LESS than three years since reforming, Coventry Devlin's Newsagents cycle speedway club have completed an amazing final lap in their remarkable recovery.

The Hearsall Common-based side, who reformed in early 2001, were elected to the Premier League, cycle speedway's top tier of racing, at a meeting in Birmingham last Saturday.

Club officials were jubilant, chairman Gary Pointer confirming: "Our aim was always to obtain premier league membership.

"This means all of the sport's top racers will be in regular action this summer at Hearsall Common."

British Cycle Speedway chairman, Dave Hunting, said "Coventry have made outstanding progress since their return to the sport. In particular, their youth policy and the presentation of major meetings impressed the governing body."

As well as Midland rivals Stoke, Leicester and Wednesfield, Coventry will also line up against Norwich, champions Oxford and south coast glamour clubs Southampton and Poole in the Premier League.

The race is now on to complete improvements to the Hearsall Common circuit in time for the grand opening premier league match on Sunday April 4.

The track service is to be relaid, the concrete starting line area replaced and the drainage system is to be upgraded.

Intense negotiations are also in hand to strengthen the team.

Polish star Dominic Rycharski, the reigning world pairs champion, flies over in mid-March to lead the Coventry attack.

And further efforts to sign world champion Dave Hemsley of Poole now appear more hopeful.

He has yet to sign for any club for 2004 and Coventry official Jez Hughes was set to meet Hemsley in a Leicester hotel this weekend to discuss a full transfer to Coventry.

A public meeting has been called by the club on Wednesday (8pm) at the Herald Public House, Canley, to inform members, supporters and officials of Coventry's plans for the 2004 season.

For further information on cycle speedway ring 07880 764026.

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Date:Jan 31, 2004
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