PLANS FOR RETURN TO CORNWALL ARE ON TRACK:
Plans to bring speedway back to Cornwall are continuing to develop after it was confirmed that a pre-planning application for a site in Fraddon was due to be submitted next week.
Plymouth-based businessman Ashley Taylor is one of those involved in the plans, and he exclusively revealed to West Briton Sport this week that they are ready to take their next step by approaching Cornwall Council with their proposals.
Taylor revealed the potential development of a venue remains in its early stages, more than 12 months after plans were first unveiled, but it is hoped that the county will have a track in time for the 2014 season.
Taylor, 64, who is the transport manager of Target Travel, in Plymouth, said: "Over the last five months we have been conducting a number of reports, and we are now ready to put forward a pre-planning application to the Council."
Taylor, along with Seemond Stephens, Andrew Pethick and Manordelta Ltd, are consortium members of the Plymouth Devils speedway club, where they each have a 25 per-cent stake.
Stephens, Pethick and Manordelta Ltd have also been involved in the plans for the new circuit in Fraddon.
The project has received support, but Taylor knows it will also be met with opposition. Noise pollution could provide them with their biggest stumbling block, though Taylor is confident it will have minimal impact on the area.
Taylor has been working hard to bring speedway back to the county, since the last race took place at the Clay Country Moto Parc, home of the Trelawny Tigers, in 2003.
Proposals for a new track in Bodmin fell through in 2009.
But it is hoped that the latest attempt will prove successful and Cornwall, which boasts a number of top riders, including Chris Harris and Ben Barker, will again have a track of its own.
The finals of the County Championships were played at Carnmoggas at the weekend.
First up on Saturday was the County Singles. In the quarter finals, Chris Roberts (Ladock) beat Keith Matthews (Blisland) 9-8.
Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) beat John Worton (Ladock) 14-5, while Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) beat Graham Ford (St Newlyn East) 14-11 and Graham Reeves (Saltash) overcame David Topliffe (St Minver) 11-8.
The semi finals saw Nigel Nicholls defeat Chris Roberts 18-4 and Luke Jolly beat Graham Reeves 12-4. The final saw Nigel move into an early lead with Luke rallying to within a shot after four ends. Four successive scoring ends for Nigel left him eight ahead with three to play. The ninth end saw both bowlers put the jack of the mat before Luke scored one, leaving Nigel to seal an 11-5 win and the County title.
Saturday afternoon saw the County Fours title decided.
In the quarter finals, Margaret Jenkin, Ray Jeffery, Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) & Percy Tripp (Helston) started well against Graham Luke, Pasty Wakeley, Chris Roberts and Brian Wakeley (Ladock) opening up a lead before the Ladock team responded moving to a 5-3 lead after five ends. Successive scores of 5, 4 and 3 over the next three ends saw Nigel establish an unbeatable 15-5 lead with an end to spare.
Meg Horrell, Henry Matthews, Joan Boddy & Ken Horrell (Withiel) went down to the wire against Edward Wakeley, Sandra Worton, John Worton & Arthur Tubb (Ladock), with the game decided on the last wood with Horrell snatching the win 7-6.
Two runs of three successive scoring ends saw Melba Kitt, Margaret Goodwin, Graham Reeves & Darren Woolner (Saltash) defeat Lynne Davey, Sheila Hodge, Gary Davey (all Liskeard) & Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) 11-7.
The final tie of the round saw Elise Daniell, Derek Elliott, Peter Hore (all Holmans) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) beat Penlee's Mike Richards, Tom Lapworth, Martin Williams & Keith Williams 15-5.
In the semi finals, Nicholls and Horrell were all square at 3-3 after four ends before four successive ends for Nicholls established an almost unassailable lead. Horrell scored a consolation on the final end to leave the final score 10-4 to Nicholls. In the other game a score of six on the first end for Hore allowed his team to control the game defeating Woolner 14-4 with an end to spare.
Expectations of a close final were soon dispelled as Hore moved into a 8-1 lead after four ends. Single scores for Nicholls on the next two ends did little to ease the pressure and scores of 3 and 4 on the seventh and eighth ends took Hore into a 15-3 lead to claim the title.
On Sunday morning the County Pairs was contested. In the Quarter Finals Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) and Gary Davey (Liskeard) opened up a 7-0 lead in the opening four ends against Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) and went on to win 13-5 with an end to spare. Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) moved into a 4-1 lead in the opening ends against Brenda Sleep & Max Burden (Dobwalls).
After six ends the scores were level 5-5, over the closing ends of the game Brown & Studden edged in front to win 10-7. Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) quickly opened up a lead against Jim Rule & Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) going on to win 15-6. Elise Daniell & Peter Hore (Holmans) defeated Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) 10-3.
In the semi finals, Brown & Studden dominated Boraston & Davey, winning 16-2. Jenkin & Nicholls defeated Daniell & Hore 11-8 after a tense match which for much of the game only saw two shots separating the pairs.
In the Final Brown & Studden won three of the last four ends to beat Jenkin & Nicholls 10-7 and claim the title.
Sunday afternoon saw the final title of the weekend decided, the Triples. Elise Daniell (Holmans), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) & Peter Hore (Holmans) quickly moved into a 10-1 lead against Richard Brown, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) with scores of 4 and 5 on the third and fourth to win 15-6 with an end to spare.
Marilyn Stewart, Arthur Hambly (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) received a bye to the Semi Finals after Martin Williams, Malcolm Furneaux & Mike Jefferies (Penlee) were unable to take their place in the finals. After a slow start Terry Bray, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) established a 12-6 lead with three ends to play against Pam Williams, Carol Ford & Graham Ford (St Newlyn East) which they defended winning 12-11. Kath Goodman, Luke Jolly & Karen Watson (Treviscoe) comfortably defeated Mike Richards, Tom Lapworth & Keith Williams (Penlee) 14-2.
In the semi finals Hore comfortably defeated Matthews 12-2 and Watson survived a late rally by Hamley to win 8-7. In the final Watson established a lead before a three on the sixth end put Hore in front for the first time.
Watson drew level on the eighth end before successive scores for Hore on the closing ends saw him claim the title for a second successive year.
Cornwall's three England representatives Peter Hore, Elise Daniell and Nigel Nicholls make the long trip to North Yorkshire this weekend. There the England Squad will be taking on a Northern Select team in what will be the final opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of the team being announced for the British Isles A Team Championships, to be played in Dumfries in March.