Two English riders who were unfortunate enough to have to call on the Ben Fund last year will be happy to turn out in this year’s Bonanza event at King’s Lynn Speedway on March 12 to repay what it did for them.
Former Stars rider Simon Stead (pictured) and Ben Barker will be competing in the event, Barker being the only ever-present since the annual event started in 2009.
Stead is due to return to the track especially for this meeting after losing almost all of last year following the horror crash at Rye House which saw him suffer a fractured arm and a shattered femur.
For a long time no-one wanted to even mention a return to the track, fearing the worst, and Stead admitted to being at a very low ebb in the early days after the injuries.
Barker had informed Paul Ackroyd that he intended to make it to ten, but recently he’s decided he can do better than that!
He said: “I’ve been thinking about the ten, but I’ve changed it and I’ve decided I want to do them till I retire. I’ve enjoyed them so far so why not carry on.
No-one wants to call on the Ben Fund but naturally it was there to help when Barker was injured in June last year: “I broke my back in the British Final and that was a bad one, but they supported me and my family and helped me to make a full recovery.
“It gave me time to concentrate on getting fit and coming back as early as I did.”
Paul Ackroyd attended the recent memorial service for Nigel Boocock at Coventry, and during the hymn-singing a collection for the SRBF was held which raised £1367.06. “We’re very grateful for that,” he said “and would like to thank all concerned including the collectors.”