11:38am Thursday 5th September 2013
PAUL Starke insists he is ready to take on the challenge of leading Dudley from the front in their push for the league and cup double.
Heathens have finished top of the National league table for the third time in four seasons – and they face King’s Lynn in their Knockout Cup semi-final at Monmore next Tuesday.
Starke has this week moved into the No.1 spot in the new averages and opens meetings for the former Cradley club after a fairytale season so far.
He said: “It’s going to be a slightly harder challenge for me riding at No.1, but I don’t feel too worried about it.
“You might race their heat leaders a couple more times, but you have to race everybody anyway at some point, so it’s no big deal.
“I am on really good form and feeling really confident at the moment anyway. I feel I am capable of beating anybody and I don’t think moving to No.1 will change that; it’s just another number.”
Heathens are looking to build up a handy first leg lead to take to Norfolk for the return fixture on September 18. But they are also at the Norfolk Arena next Wednesday, September 11, for their final league fixture before the cut-off.
They also head to bitter rivals Mildenhall this Sunday, September 8, with a 4.30pm start.
Meanwhile Heathens fans are urged to snap up their tickets fast for the end of season presentation party on Friday, November 15.
The club have announced a new venue for the event – the Copthorne Hotel, Level Street, Brierley Hill.
All the riders will be on stage and there will be a raffle, auction and disco until late. Tickets are £10 and over 100 have already been sold.
Copies of the commemorative Cradley 83 brochure are also selling fast at the track shop. The publication features interviews with club legends Erik Gundersen, Lance King, Phil Collins and more plus photographs from the golden year when they swept all before them.
It’s available from the club shop on racenight or from www.dudleyheathens.co and go to the online shop.
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