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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Coventry set to sign Helmsley.

WORLD CYCLE SPEEDWAY champion Dave Helmsley is on the verge of signing for Coventry Devlins Newsagents.

The 33-year-old Leicester-based superstar has been a regular attender at Coventry's recent Thursday night training sessions.

He also presented the awards at the British Junior Team Championship finals, staged at Hearsall Common, in September.

Helmsley, who has been the British Individual champion a record six times, has given Coventry officials a clear intention to sign - but only if the club join the top flight British Premier League.

Rated as the sport's greatest ever rider, Helmsley has raced for Poole this year and enjoyed a successful campaign, including finishing third in the European final in July.

Coventry club spokesman Jez Hughes said: "Dave has expressed a real interest in joining Coventry. His signing would be a massive boost to us and he would be a great figurehead for our glittering array of up and coming riders."

The capture of Helmsley would give Coventry a potent spearhead should they step up into the Elite British Premier League. Helmsley, together with Ray Oliver, Joe McLaughlin, Ashley Pointer and Mick Docker, would ensure Coventry tracked a very competitive combination.

Coventry Devlins Newsagents fought a classic junior encounter at Leicester before losing 93-87.

It was a tremendous performance from the city youngsters as Leicester fielded three over-aged riders in their side, with the result in doubt right up to the final heat.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 5, 2002
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