2/20/2017

SHARED EVENTS DATES

THE Premiership will have a Pairs event for the first time since 2011 this year.

Top-flight new boys Somerset host the revived meeting on Friday, March 31. It will be the first of this season’s Major Events series, the calendar for which has now been announced by the BSPA.

As usual, Somerset will also be the venue for the second tier Pairs, on the eve of the British Grand Prix at Cardiff in July.

Meanwhile, Peterborough has been confirmed as the venue for the Championship Fours – although the tournament will revert to being a one-day affair again, despite the success of last season’s two-day event.

BSPA vice-chairman Rob Godfrey explained: “We were keen to keep the Fours at Peterborough because it's the traditional home of the event and it works commercially.

“The Showground is only available for one day and the fact that there are less teams means we are just doing the one day.

“All ten clubs will be included and I'm sure it will again be one of the highlights of the season.”

BRITISH SPEEDWAY MAJOR EVENTS

SGBP PAIRS: Somerset, March 31

BRITISH FINAL: Belle Vue, June 19

SGBC PAIRS: Somerset, July 21

SGBC FOURS: Peterborough, August 6

SGBP RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Belle Vue, September 16

SGBC RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Glasgow, September 24

OTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES

BRITISH UNDER-21 SEMI-FINAL: Peterborough, April 11

BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL: Poole, April 26

BRITISH SEMI-FINALS: Sheffield, May 4; Newcastle, date TBC