The 2014 season draws to a close at Foxhall on Thursday night (23rd October) with the traditional 16 Lap Classic. Often described as the most gruelling speedway race in the world, the final produces the unique spectacle of eight riders, off two starting gates, all heading towards the first turn at the same time. The event has been running since 1979 and there still appears to be no shortage of riders who want to sign up and pit themselves and their machines against the stresses and strains of the unique final. If they don't qualify for this there is always the six lap consolation final to compete in.

Ipswich co-promoter, Chris Louis, knows more than most riders what it feels like to win this unique event after being on that top rostrum no less than a record-breaking six times! "I know from my own experiences that I faced the 16 lap final with dread and excitement in equal measure, a real mental and physical battle that can really only be attacked with one tactic. Qualify well, race from the back grid and attack from the off! So many times I’ve heard riders tell me how they’re going to pace themselves, ready to attack when everyone else is tired. The one big flaw with that is I can guarantee you will also be far too tired to launch any sort of attack and start riding in the deep dirt! Speedway is raced over four laps and that’s how you get conditioned, it’s really quite amazing how tough it becomes when you change that and each rider taking part on Thursday will be feeling the effects after just 6 – 8 laps, it becomes a mental battle and mind over matter from that point on! The event has a reputation for being hard on the machines although it’s normally just a fuel issue with the extra fuel system not operating properly, leaking out or of course just not carrying enough! This year after much persuasion I have made enough large tanks for everyone so fingers crossed that they all hold enough! It’s great to see all of the Witches taking part this year and I would also like to thank Danny King, Ricky Wells, Jason Garrity, Rory Schlein and Richard Lawson for joining the line-up. An evenly matched quality line-up and one that’s sure to serve up a 16 lap classic!"

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