Lewis guns for U21 speedway crown

Teenage speedway sensation Lewis Bridger heads the impressive cast list for tonight's re-staged British U21 Final at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)

Teenage speedway sensation Lewis Bridger heads the impressive cast list for tonight's re-staged British U21 Final at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)

The prodigious 16-year-old has taken the Elite League by storm in his debut season with Eastbourne but Bridger will have to be at his best to dethrone reigning champion Edward Kennett.

Stars' reserve Simon Lambert has one last chance to clinch the remaining wildcard place in a pre-meeting race off.

Homegrown product James Brundle makes a swift Norfolk Arena return after paid seven for Mildenhall in last week's fiery Premier Trophy derby.


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“I wouldn't like to put my money on any one rider,” said Stars co-promoter Buster Chapman. “Lewis Bridger is a sensational rider - even more amazing when you consider how old he is. If you mix him with a track specialist like Brundle along with the other established riders and some of the up-and-coming talent like William Lawson and Josh Auty you can see why it's so hard to pick a winner.”

Somerset dark horse Ben Barker is relishing the prospect of racing around Saddlebow.

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“It will be my first appearance in the final and I'm really looking forward to it,” said 18-year-old, who won the Rye House qualifier. “King's Lynn is probably my favourite track in the country and I do feel the meeting is coming at a good time for me. I've been building momentum with Somerset in the Premier League and I had two good showings at Rye recently, including winning the U21 qualifying round. I'm feeling good on the bike.

“We've been testing some new stuff which I am quite happy with and, as much as you can, I'm feeling somewhere near to being top of my game.”

Barker is targeting a maiden success and progression to the world U21 stage, saying: “Obviously I'm still learning every time I go on to the track and riding in my first British U21 is another massive challenge.

“That's why I'm in the game and I'm really looking forward to testing myself. My mindset will be the same as every other rider there. The first target will be to win the championship and than after that it's a case of finishing high enough to gain one of the World U21 spots.”

The top two riders progress to the grand final after 20 qualifying heats. The next four compete in a race off for the last two spots.

Line-up: 1 Edward Kennett, 2 Joel Parsons, 3 Ben Barker, 4 Ben Wilson, 5 Richie Dennis, 6 William Lawson, 7 Josh Auty, 8 Luke Bowen, 9 James Brundle, 10 James Wright, 11 Lewis Bridger, 12 Benji Compton, 13 Daniel King, 14 Jason King, 15 Steve Boxall, 16 Wildcard (selected from a pre-meeting race-off between Simon Lambert, Jamie Courtney and Jack Hargreaves).Admission: £13 adults, £9 concessions, £4 juniors (aged 12 to 15) with free entry for children aged 11 and under.

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