New Team Manager Is...
Ipswich Speedway are pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Hilton as their new team manager; he will take over from Brian Messenger who did such an excellent job after Chris Louis stepped down during the 2014 season. Phil is a very familiar figure at Foxhall having been a track photographer there for at least 20 years and already has a good relationship with management, staff & riders. He is a retired traffic police officer from nearby Felixstowe and already has experience of trying to manage an Ipswich rider; on more than one occasion during his patrols along the A12 he remembers having to catch & then signal that perhaps John Louis should remember he was in his car on a public highway as opposed to flat out on a speedway track!
Co-promoter Chris Louis thinks Phil will be a good fit with the team: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Phil’s approach to the job. Many will instantly point out that he doesn’t have any experience, but that can often work in your favour, with no preconceived ideas of the job itself or indeed the riders and their characters. One thing I am confident about is his ability to handle situations and people. A long and successful career as a police officer is in my opinion a very good background to have for this type of job. Phil has probably attended as many meetings as I have in the past few years so all in all I’m happy that the team are in good hands. With riding order and team captaincy to decide in the coming weeks he’s going to have important decisions to make straight away!”
Four Return For 2015
Ipswich Speedway are pleased to announce that they are retaining four riders from the 2014 season: Cameron Heeps, Gino Manzares, Rohan Tungate & Ritchie Hawkins. They will join Danny King with the two reserve berths left to fill. This does mean that Adam Ellis, Morten Risager & Richie Worrall will not be in the side next year.
Co-promoter Chris Louis said he is delighted to keep four of the septet from this year and disappointed that it couldn't be more. "I said at the end of this season that they had all been a pleasure to work with and that I didn't want to get rid of any of them but as always the team-building limit has an impact on who you can fit in. I really want to ‘see it through’ with three of the returnees, Rohan, Cam & Gino, as I brought them all here to Ipswich but I have warned all three that they need to ‘knuckle down, be professional and work hard’ for the whole season next year!.