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Lakeside Hammers Jon Cook, speaking to Peter Moore ahead of Hammers meeting against Kent Kings 7th June 2017
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Zach Wajtknecht, speaking to Peter Moore at the Hammers press day 13th April 2017
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                            15th  JULY  2017

Lakeside Hammers continued their impressive home form after completing a 51-38 victory against the Buxton Hitmen.

Ben Morley struck a stunning 18 point maximum, with impressive displays from Connor Locke 8+1, Nick Laurence with a paid eight points and seven from Adam Roynon, guesting for the night.


                               26th  JUNE   2017

Lakeside Hammers broke the 60-point barrier for the first time this season with a crushing victory against the visiting Isle Of White Warriors at the Essex Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The Vortex Hammers ran out 63-27 winners against the visitors, thanks to a paid 15 from Paul Hurry, Alfie Bowtell 12+1, Ben Morley 11+1 and another impressive performance from Zach Wajtknecht with a maximum 12 points from four programmed rides. The top four of lakeside dropped just four points all afternoon, with Wajtknecht, Hurry and Morley all going unbeaten by an opposing rider whilst Alfie Bowtell suffered just a single defeat. The victory maintained Hammers impressive unbeaten home record, and maintained their push for the play off places.


                 LAKESIDE     HAMMERS  as at  22nd JUNE 2017

Lakeside Hammers No 1 Zach Wajtkecht produced another 15-point maximum as the Vortex Lakeside Hammers secured a consolation point from their 46-44 defeat at Birmingham on Wednesday.

Hammers were always in touching distance of the reigning champions, but with three heats to go the home side led by eight points, only for Hammers to claim two 5-1’s to secure a last gasp point. Ben Morley finished the night with a paid 13 points, whilst Tom Bacon top scored for the home side with 12 points.


                  LAKESIDE     HAMMERS  as at  17th JUNE 2017


Lakeside Hammers raced to their biggest win of the season with a 55-35 victory over Plymouth at the Essex Raceway on Saturday.

Hammers delivered 12 race wins as Zach Wajtknecht and Ben Morley both went unbeaten on the night. Wajtknecht scored 15 points with Morley picking up a paid 15 points. Paul Hurry also made double figures, with 11 points on the night. For the visitors Adam Roynon top scored with 11 points.


              LAKESIDE     HAMMERS  as at  11th  June   2017


Zach Wajtknecht climbed off his sick bed to help the Vortex Lakeside Hammers register a 52-38 victory against Kent Kings in the Travel Plus National League at the Essex Raceway on Friday.

Veteran Paul Hurry completed a 15 point maximum from five rides. Captain Ben Morley picked up a paid 14 points with reserve rider Connor Locke scoring two points on his debut for the Hammers.

The visitors opened the meeting with two heat winners before Lakeside ran in five heat winners to take a 23-19 lead after seven heats, including a 5-1 from Hurry and Alfie Bowtell in heat five. Kings drew level in the next heat, thanks to a 5-1 from the impressive Jack Thomas and his partner Anders Rowe, only for Hammers to respond straightaway with another 5-1 from the pairings of Hurry and Bowtell. Hammers continued to build on their points tally, including two more 5-1’s, as they ran out deserved winners on the night, and maintained their unbeaten home record in the National League. Thomas was the top points scorer for Kings, picking up 12 on the night. Luke Bowen, who bagged two full 15 point maximums against Hammers in both legs of the Tunnel Trophy, could manage only eight points on the night from five rides.  


Lakeside Hammers have swooped to sign Connor Locke to fill the gap in their side. The club were forced to make two changes after Paul Hurry’s average was increased last week. Hammers have signed Locke to replace George Hunter, after he became available when King’s Lynn Stars pulled out of the League.


Zach Wajtknecht struck a 15 point maximum to lead the Vortex Lakeside Hammers to a 49-41 win over Cradley at the Essex Raceway on Monday, and seal their second victory in the course of 24 hours.

Hammers continued with their perfect home record, leaving the Heathens to return home empty handed. Paul Hurrey notched a paid maximum from his four programmed rides, whilst Ben Morley picked up 11 points. For the visitors, Tom Perry top scored with 10 points.



Lakeside Hammers pulled off an impressive 46-42 away win against Stoke at Loomer Road on Saturday night.

The new top three for the Vortex Lakeside Hammers, Zach Wajknecht, Ben Morley and Paul Hurry all claimed double figures for the evening. Nick Laurence, from reserve, also had a fine evenings work, picking up an 8+1 point haul. For the hosts, Luke Priest scored a paid 10 on the night with Mitchell Davey scoring nine points.



Paul Hurry is back in Hammers colours once again. The 42 year-old replaces David Mason in the Vortex Hammers side, and will make his National League bow in the trip to Stoke on Saturday.


Lakeside Hammers suffered a last-gasp heartache, as they were beaten 49-41 at the Isle of Wight on Thursday. The Vortex Hammers were denied a consolation point in a heat 15 decider as Ben Morley fell whilst in second place. For the Hammers Zach Wajtkencht top scored with 14 points and Alfie Bowtell picked up a paid 11 points on the night. For the Warriors, Liam Carr top scored with 14 points and James Cockle 13+1.


Lakeside Hammers suffered a 60-30 defeat against Belle Vue Colts at Manchester on Wednesday. Zach Wajtknecht was Hammers top scorer with 14 points whilst Dan Bewley led the way for the Colts with 14 points and Kyle Bickley picked up a paid 13 points.


Lakeside Hammers claimed a 49-41 victory against the highly-fancied Belle Vue in the National League at the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday.

Ben Morley produced a stunning 15-point maximum, with Zach Wajtknecht picking up a paid 13 points on the night. For the visitors Kyle Bickley top scored with 12+1 and Ben Hopwood 11 points.


Lakeside Hammers suffered a 48-42 defeat against Cradley in their opening National League meeting at Monmore Green on Monday.

The Vortex Hammers found themselves ten points behind with four races to spare. However, two heat advantages from Ben Morley and guest Nathan Greaves saw the Hammers leave with a consolation point. Morley top scored for Lakeside with 13 points, with Greaves picking up a paid ten points. For the hosts Danny Ayres top scored with 11 points.


Lakeside rounded of their challenge fixtures as they beat Kent 47-43 at The Arena Essex Raceway on Friday. Hammers claimed the Tunnel Trophy on aggregate 93-86. Hammers Number One Ben Morley continued his fine opening form to the start of the season with 11+1. Club favourite Paul Hurry picked up a paid 12 points on the night. With three wins out of a possible four challenge matches, Hammers will go into the start of the National League full of confidence as they look to open their campaign at Wolves against Cradley on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May.


Lakeside Hammers continued their fine start to the season with a narrow 46-43 victory away at Kent on Easter Monday in the first leg of the Tunnel Trophy.

Zach Wajtknecht top scored with 12 points with Ben Morley also picking up 12 paid points 10+2. For the home side Luke Bowen top scored with a 15-point maximum. The second leg will be at the Arena-Essex Raceway this Friday when the tapes are up at 8 pm.


Despite claiming a 1st leg 48-42 victory in the Lee Richardson Memorial Trophy at the Essex Raceway on Good Friday, Eastbourne claimed the Trophy after completing a 51-39 victory on home shale later on in the day. Eastbourne won the Trophy on aggregate 93-87.

At the Raceway in the afternoon, a bumper crowd watched Ben Morley lead from the front to claim a paid 15 point maximum.Morley, recieved excellent support from Zach Wajtknecht who picked up a paid 15 points with 13+2. At Eastbourne in the evening, Wajtknecht top scored with 14 points and Morley had another fine meeting, this time picking up 12+2. Both meetings were a big success for Wajtknecht- who is also racing for Premiership side Swindon this season. The Bristol born rider dropped just one point to an opposing rider over the two meetings.


Hammers have named Ben Morley as their new Captain for the forthcoming season.


Lakeside Hammers will open their National League campaign with a visit to face Cradley on Monday 1st May. Six days later Hammers will entertain the Isle of Wight at the Essex Raceway, before travelling to the island to face the same opposition on Thursday 11th. The fixture list sees a mixture of Friday and Saturday evenings along with some Sunday afternoon dates.

Before the League campaign commences, Hammers will host Eastbourne on Good Friday at the Raceway with a 1 pm start. Hours later the guys will travel down to Sussex to face Eastbourne in the return fixture.

Hammers will also face Kent in a challenge match at Kent on Easter Monday.

For the complete fixture list





In preperation for the start of the new National League season, Lakeside Hammers have announced three challenge matches. A Good Friday double header against Eastbourne will kick of the Easter weekend with Hammers holding a home metting starting at 1 pm before heading to Arlington later that evening. On April 23rd Hammers will be entertaining Kent at the Essex Raceway with a 3 pm start time.


Hammers have strengthend their team with the signings of David Mason and Nick Laurence for the forthcoming season. Mason, 30, was riding for Kent last season whilst Laurence,26, will ride as reserve on a 3.00 average following some appearances for Eastbourne last season.


Lakeside Hammers have made a double swoop on team building for the forthcoming season. George Hunter has made the switch from Rye House along with Mildenhall rider Alfie Bowtell. Hunter will start on a four point average with Bowtell on 4.21. Hammers have also announced their top two riders for next season. Ben Morley and Zach Wajtknecht will lead the side in 2017. Morley had spells with the club in 2014 and 2016. 18 year-old Wajtknecht has been riding for two seasons.


Lakeside Hammers will be racing in the 2017 season after reaching an agreement with the Arena Essex Raceway for the sport to continue at the venue. The Hammers are expected to compete in the National League for next season.


Lakeside Hammers will not compete in the 2017 top flight as negotiations for an extension to the club's rental arrangement with the Arena Essex Raceway are still ongoing.Consequently, the club cannot confirm its place in the League at the BPSA AGM as required by the sports rules and regulations.


Lakeside Hammers hopes of reaching The Elite League Play-Off Final are on a knife edge after the visiting Belle Vue Aces took an eight point advantage to Monday's second leg in Manchester after completing a 49-41 victory at the Essex Raceway on Wednesday. The meeting started brightly for Hammers with Lewis Bridger and Kim Nilsson completing a 5-1 in the opening heat. After four heats Hammers extended their advantage to six points only for the Worrall brothers to claim a 1-2 in the next heat to reduce the gap. With just three heats remaining Hammers held a slender two point lead, then came the turning point of the meeting when the Aces reeled of three consecutive 5-1's to gain an eight point cushion going into the second leg.


Lakeside Hammers booked a place in the Elite League Play-Offs after completing a 58-35 victory in the Play-Off decider aginst the Swindon Robins at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Without the injured AJ for the rest of the season Jon Cook booked the services of Scott Nicholls for the meeting. Nicholls didn't dissapoint after scoring 10+3. Kim Nilsson picked up 13 points for the home side. Jason Doyle top scored for the visitors with 15 points. Hammers will now meet the Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League play-off semi final. The first leg will be at the Essex Raceway this coming Wednesday 21st September.


Lakeside gained swift revenge for their narrow six point loss against the Kings Lynn Stars 24 hours earlier, after completing a comprehensive 60-32 victory at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Edward Kennett top scored with a paid 12 points alongside Kim Nilsson who scored 11 points and Lewis Kerr 10. For the Stars Niels Kristian-Iversen led the way with a paid 14 points.


Lakeside Hammers suffered a 57-33 defeat against the Coventry Bees in the Midlands on Friday. Edward Kennett with a paid 10 points and Scott Nicholls- guesting for the Hammers with nine points were the top scorers for the visitors. Josh Bates scored 14+2 for the hosts alongside Jason Garrity who weighed in with 13 points.


Lakeside Hammers fell just short of a consolation point after going down to a 51-41 defeat to the Wolverhampton Wolves on Monday. Trailing by just four points going into the final two heats Hammers looked to be gaining a point but up stepped Tai Woffinden to deny them. For Hammers Andreas Jonsson top scored with 12 points. For the Wolves Woffinden led the way with 13 points. On Saturday Lakeside defeated the Coventry Bees at the Essex Raceway 57-35. Nilsson scored 12+3, AJ 12 points and Edward Kennett paid 12 points with Lewis Bridger paid 11.


Hammers kept their play-off hopes alive with a much needed  48-45 victory against table topping Belle Vue at the Raceway on Friday. Andreas Jonsson top scored with 12 points along with Lewis Bridger who picked up 11. For the Aces Scott Nicholls led the way with a paid 14 points, with Craig Cook scoring 12+1.


Lakeside gave their play-off hopes a huge boost after a hard fought victory against the Swindon Robins at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Andreas Jonsson top scored with a paid 13 points whilst Edward Kennett scored 11+2. For the Robins, Jason Doyle and Stuart Robson scored 12 points apiece.


Lakeside Hammers suffered a narrow 48-44 defeat at the hands of the visiting Poole Pirates at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Andreas Jonsson top scored for the Hammers with 11 points. For the Pirates Paul Starke scored 16+1 and Chris Holder 15.


Hammers suffered a 52-41 defeat at the hands of the Swindon Robins at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday. With top two AJ and Kim Nilsson both missing, it was always going to be a stiff task. Edward Kenett top scored for the Hammers with 18 points and Craig Cook guesting for the side 10 points. Charles Wright and Josh Grajczonek both scored 10+1 for the Robins.


Lakeside Hammers slipped to a 50-40 loss in Manchester on Saturday against the Belle Vue Aces. Lewis Bridger continued his fine form of late with 9+2. Steve Worrall top scored for the Aces with 16+1 and Craig Cook 15 points.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers maintained their unbeaten record on home shale after completing a 53-37 victory against the visiting Wolverhampton Wolves at the Arena Essex Raceway on Wednesday. In the battle of the top two in the Elite League it was the visitors who grabbed the first 5-1 of the evening in heat four after Max Clegg and Jacob Thorsell finished 1-2 in the heat. Hammers hit back straight away when Eddie Kennett and Lewis Bridger completed a 5-1 in the very next heat to give Hammers a slender two-point lead. In heat seven the pairing of Lakeside’s Andreas Jonsson and Kim Nilsson produced another 5-1 to edge Hammers four points clear. By heat nine the home side had stretched their advantage to eight points, thanks to another 5-1 from the pairing of Bridger and Kennett, only for Wolverhampton to hit straight back in the next heat with a 5-1 thanks to Freddie Lindgren and Mikel Bech. Kennett and Jonsson teamed up for another 5-1 heat advantage in heat 11 to give Lakeside a 37-29 lead. In heat 12 the home side were at it again when Bridger along with partner Robert Mear produced Hammer’s fifth 5-1 of the evening. Two 4-2 heat advantages gave Hammers a 16-point cushion going into the final heat. The points were shared in the final race with rider of the night Lewis Bridger taking all the plaudits with 17 points from reserve from 8 rides and the reliable and impressive AJ picking up 13 + 1 on the night. For Wolverhampton Lindgren top scored with 8+1. The victory ensured Hammers maintained their position at the top of table. Next up for the Hammers is a trip to Manchester on Saturday to face the Belle Vue Aces.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers completed a League double inside 24 hours against the Leicester Lions. On Friday Hammers totally dominated the metting, eventually beating the Liions by 66-26, and maintaining their unbeaten home start to the season. The Hammers provided all 15 heat winners, with a fine all round performance from Richard Lawson, paid 18 points, Andreas Jonsson with 15+3, Eddie Kennett 12+1, Lewis Kerr 11+1 and Lewis Bridger 10+1. On Saturday at Beaumont Park the scoreline was much closer, with Hammers edging the meeting 46-44. With the scores level heading into the final heat Guest Craig Cooke roared to victory with AJ claiming third spot to give Hammers a narrow victory. Cook finished with 11+1, AJ 9+1 and Richard Lawson 9 points.


Lakeside Hammers gained revenge over the Coventry Bees with a convincing 60-33 Elite League victory at the Essex Raceway on Friday. In a magnificent all round team effort Lewis Bridger top scored with a paid 14 points with Andreas Jonsson collecting 11+2 and Lewis Kerr 10+2. Danny King top scored for the visitors with 13+1. 24 hours earlier the Vortex Hammers had been well beaten at Brandon by the Bees- 54-39, with Jonsson top scoring with 12 points and Kerr 11. King earned a paid 13 points for the Bees with former Hammer Krzysztof Kasprzak scoring 11 points.


Lakeside Hammers moved three points clear at the top of the Elite League after a 53-39 victory against the visiting Belle Vue Aces at a sunny Arena Essex Raceway on Monday.

Hammers opened up the meeting with an opening heat 5-1, thanks to Piotr Swiderski and Andreas Jonsson. After three heats lakeside had stretched their lead to nine points after Lewis Bridger had partnered Kim Nilsson for a 1-2. The Aces were heavily reliant on the excellent Stve Worrall, who picked up three wins from his opening three rides. In fact, after heat five Worrall had scored all of the Aces points, bar one. It took until heat six for the visitors to claim their first 5-1 of the night, with Craig Cook partnering Matej Zagar. After nine heats the Aces found themselves trailing by 11 points. Aces Team Manager Mark Lemon decided to use the tactical ride for double points. Zagar was nominated with the black and white helmet and duly won the race. Aces picked up a 7-2 in the heat to reduce the gap to six points, but Hammers kept chipping away with the points, including grabbing another 5-1, this time in the penultimate heat of the night thanks to the pairing of Richard Lawson and Lewis Bridger, to seal another fine win on home shale. Jonsson top scored for the Hammers with 12+2 with Swiderski picking up 10 +1. Aces points were mainly accumulated by Steve Worrall who finished the meeting with 17+1 from seven rides.


Lakeside Hammers condemned Elite League Chamipons Poole to their first defeat of the season with a dramatic 50-40 victory at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Andreas Jonsson continued his excellent start to the season with 13+1 and Piotr Swiderski picked up 11+1. For the Pirates Hans Anderson picked up a paid 12 with Adam Ellis scoring 11 points.


Lakeside Hammers completed a double over the Leicester Liions in the space of 24 hours. On Friday at the Essex Raceway Hammers completed a comprehensive 56-34 victory. Andreas Jonsson top scored with a paid maximum, with Piotr Swiderski getting 10+2 and Richard Lawson 10+1. For the visitors, Adam Elklis picked up 11+1 points. 24 hours later at Beaumont Park, Hammers completed a quick fire double with a crushing 56-33 victory. AJ was once again in scintilating form, licking up 13+2 points with the concistent Richard lawson scoring 12+3 and Kim Nilsson 11 points. For the home side Josh Auty top scored with 9+2.


Lakeside suffered mixed fortunes in their opening double header against the Kings Lynn Stars on Good Friday. In the afternoon at the Essex Raceway, a large crowd witnessed a 56-36 victory against the Stars. Kim Nilsson top scored with 13+1, with Richard Lawson picking up 12+1. For the visiting Stars, Neils Kristian Iversen scored 14 points with Mads Korneliussen 10. Later on in the evening Stars gained swift revenge with a 51-39 defeat against the Hammers. Andreas Jonsson top scored with 12 points, meanwhile Iversen again top scored for the Stars with 13 points.


Lakeside have reluctantly released Bjarne Pedersen from their team plans due to a series of fixture clashes. Replacing Pedersen in the line up will be British rider Lewis Bridger, Bridger has taken a year out of the sport, but will return back to the raceway for the forthcoming season.


Lakeside Hammers have signed Swedish rider Dennis Jonsson to fill the newly-created Number 8 position.in the team. Jonsson, the son of former World Champion Per, currently rides for Valsarna in the Swedish second tier.





Away fixtures in italics

All fixtures subject to possible amendment




FRI 18TH                                OPENING MEETING                                                                                                             HOME

Thurs 24th                            King’s Lynn                                                                            ELA                                         Away

FRI 25TH                                KING’S LYNN                                        1PM                        ELA                                         HOME



FRI 1ST                                   LEICESTER                                                                              ELA                                         HOME

Sat 2nd                                  Leicester                                                 (Prov)                     ELA                                         Away

Weds 6th                               Poole                                                                                      ELA                                         Away

FRI 8TH                                  POOLE                                                                                    ELA                                         HOME

FRI 15TH                                WOLVERHAMPTON                                                             ELA                                         HOME

Mon 18th                              Wolverhampton                                                                   ELA                                         Away

FRI 22ND                               SWINDON                                                                             ELA                                         HOME



Thurs 5th                               Swindon                                                                                 ELA                                         Away     

FRI 6TH                                  KING’S LYNN                                                                        ELB                                          HOME

Fri 20th                                  Coventry                                                                                                ELA                                         Away

SAT 21ST                               COVENTRY                                                                            ELA                                         HOME

FRI 27TH                                LEICESTER                                                                              ELB                                          HOME

Sat 28th                                 Leicester                                                 (Prov)                     ELB                                          Away



FRI 3RD                                  BELLE VUE                                                                             ELA                                         HOME

Sat 4th                                   Belle Vue                                                                                ELA                                         Away     

Thurs 16th                             Swindon                                                                                 ELB                                          Away

FRI 17TH                                SWINDON                                                                             ELB                                          HOME



FRI 1ST                                   POOLE                                                                                    ELB                                          HOME

FRI 8TH                                  NO MEETING – BRITISH GRAND PRIX IN CARDIFF                                                       HOME

Weds 13th                             Poole                                                                                      ELB                                          Away     

FRI 15TH                                WOLVERHAMPTON                                                             ELB                                          HOME

FRI 22ND                               RESERVED                                                                              EL                                            HOME  



Weds 3rd                               Belle Vue                                                                                ELB                                          Away

FRI 5TH                                  BELLE VUE                                                                             ELB                                          HOME    

Fri 19th                                  Coventry                                                                                                ELB                                          Away     

SAT 20TH                               COVENTRY                                                                            ELB                                          HOME

Mon 22nd                             Wolverhampton                                                                   ELB                                          Away



Thurs 1st                                King’s Lynn                                                                            ELB                                          Away     

FRI 2nd                                  RESERVED                                                                             EL                                            HOME

FRI 16TH                                RESERVED                                                                             EL                                            HOME


TBC                                         RICO MEETING                                                                                                                     HOME




Both Richard lawson and Piotr Swiderski will be returning for the team next season.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers have signed Danish star Bjarne Pederson for the 2016 season. The club have also announced the signing of Lewis Kerr, Lewis joins the Hammers from parent club Kings Lynn.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers suffered a 50 - 40 defeat against the Poole Pirates at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Andreas Jonsson top scored for the Hammers with 11 points, while Kyle Newman from reserve scored an impressive 15+2 points  for the Pirates.


Lakeside Hammers picked up all four points on their travels on Saturday, after beating the Leicester Lions 51-39. Max Fricke guesting picked up 10+1, Jason Doyle, picked up 13 points for the home side. 24 hours earlier Hammers suffered a home defeat at the hands of the Swindon Robins, 50-43. Andreas Jonsson top scored with 12 points, for the Robins, Darcy Ward scored 17+2 from six rides.


Lakeside Hammers went down to a 52-37 loss in Manchester against the Belle Vue Aces on Wednesday. Andreas Jonsson scored a paid 12 points alongside Mikkel Bech with 12. For the Aces, Craig Cook top scored with 10 points.


Lakeside Hammers drew their latest Elite League match against the Coventry Bees in front of the Sky cameras on Monday. The meeting finished 45-45, and was a great advert for the sport. For the Hammers Andreas Jonsson scored 14 points. For the Bees, Garrity from reserve scored 15+1.


Lakeside Hammers completed a 51-42 victory against the Belle Vue Aces at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Andreas Jonsson scored 13 points with reserve Adam Ellis picking up an impressive 12+2. For the visiting Aces Matej Zagar top scored with 19+1 from six rides.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers completed a comprehensive 57-35 victory against the visiting Leicester Lions on Friday. Andreas Jonsson top scored with 13 points and Richard Lawson picked up 11 points. For the visitors, Jason Doyle scored  13 points.


Lakeside Hammers completed a comfortable 57-34 victory against the visiting Wolverhampton Wolves on Monday in front of the Sky cameras. Mikkel Bech scored 13+1 alongside the returning Ashley Birk- from reserve- who picked up 11+3.


The Lakeside Hammers got back to winning ways again on Friday after defeating the Kings Lynn Stars 50-39 at the Essex Raceway. Andreas Jonsson top scored with 11+1, for the Stars, Niels Kristen Iversen picked up 12 points.


The Vortex Hammers have recalled Ashley Birks back to the side in place of the injury plagued Steve Boxall.


Lakeside suffered a 48-44 defeat at the hands of the Poole Pirates at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Despite clawing their way back with a 16 point deficit with three heats to go. Kim Nilsson scored 14+1 on the night, and Richard Lawson weighed in with 12 points. Lewis Blackbird, guesting top scored for the Pirates with 11 points.


Lakeside Hammers slipped to a 47-42 home defeat against the Coventry Bees at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Kim Nilsson and Edward Kennett both scored 11 points a piece. For the visiting Bees, Danny King top scored with 13 points and from reserve Jason Garity picked up 11+2.




Hammers suffered a double loss in the course of 24 hours against the Wolverhampton Wolves and the Leicester Lions. On Friday at the Essex Raceway Wolverhampton snatched a last heat win to beat the Hammers 46-44. Kim Nilsson top scored with 11 points with Rory Schlein guesting picking up 10+1. For the visitors, Peter Karlsson scored 13 points. At Leicester on Saturday Lakeside went down to a 51-42 defeat. Hans Andersen, guesting for the Hammers picked up 15 points. Szymon Wozniak scored 10+1 for Leicester.


Hammers suffered a frustrating second half to their meeting with the Wolverhampton Wolves at Wolverhampton on Monday, eventually going down 52-38. Jason Doyle, guesting scored 7+1 along with Richard Lawson who also picked up 7+1 points. For the Wolves Rikki Wells top scored with 12+2 along with Lewis Blackbird who scored 11+1 from reserve.


Hammers completed a comprehensive 62- 28 victory against an injury hit Swindon Robins side at the raceway on Friday.

Andreas Jonsson picked up 12+1 along with 12+2 from Mikkel Bech and 11+1 from Edward Kennett. A couple of days earlier Lakeside went down to a narrow 47-43 defeat at Swindon. Despite the loss, Hammers picked up a point from the meeting.


Lakeside suffered a 53-39 defeat at the hands of the Poole Pirates at Wimborne Road on Wednesday. Richard Lawson top scored for the Hammers with 14+1, and the only rider to get into double points for the night. For the Pirates, Maciej Janowski and Kyle Newman- from reserve, both scored 12 points.


The Lakeside Hammers gained sweet revenge for Tuesday nights defeat at Kings Lynn by beating the Stars 51-39 on Gooid Friday. Richard Lawson picked up a paid maximum.


Lakeside Hammers suffered a 58-34 defeat to the Kings Lynn Stars in front of the Sky Cameras at The Adrian Flux Arena on Tuesday. Andreas Jonsson top scored with 11 points , with Adam Ellis from reserve picking up 8+1. The outstanding 16 year-old Robert Lambert picked up 16+2 from six rides for the home side.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers opened up their league campaign with a 59-31 victory against the Leicester Lions at the Essex Raceway on Friday. Mikkel Bech returned a paid maximum along with 11 points from Captain Andreas Jonsson and 10+1 from Kim Nilsson and 11+1 from new addition Edward Kennett. Jason Doyle top scored for the Lions with 10 points.


The Club have announced that returning No. 1 Andreas Jonsson will Captain the side for the forthcoming season, with Richard Lawson continuing as Vice Captain.



The Vortex Lakeside Hammers have completed their line up for the forthcoming season by announcing the signing of Swedish International Kim Nilsson.


Lakeside Hammers have announced the signing of British Duo Richard Lawson and Edward Kennett.

Lawson, returns back to ride for the Hammers for a third year, while Kennett will be riding for the Hammers for the first time.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers, have announced that the club's all time Number 1 Andreas Jonsson will be racing for the team next season.  He was also be joined by the returning Mikkel Bech.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers will open their 2015 season, on Friday 20th March, with The Remembering Rico Spring Classic.


Lakeside Hammers have announced that young British rider Ashley Birks will be joining their 2015 lineup, following the Elite Draft.

He will be joined at the club by the returning club asset Adam Ellis.


Lakeside Hammers ended their season with a 59-35 loss to the Kings Lynn Stars at the Norfolk arena on Tuesday.

Danny King top scored for the Hammers with 8points. For the home side Niklas Porsing top scored with 14+3.


Lakeside Hammers final home meeting of the season ended in a 45-45 draw against the Poole Pirates on Friday.

Lewis Bridger top scored for the Hammers with 13. Kyle Newman registered 14+2 for the Pirates.


Lakeside Hammers, picked up all three points on offer with a 35-26 home victory against the Poole Pirates on Monday, in a meeting which was abandoned after heat 10, due to heavy rain, and very difficult track conditions.

Kim Nilsson scored 8 points along with a fine return from  Lewis Bridger of 8+1. For the Pirates, Magic Janowski top scored with 10 points.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers slipped to a 50-40 defeat against the Eastbourne Eagles on Saturday.

Craig Cook, once again guesting for the Hammers, top scored with 11+2. For the Eagles, Bjarne Pedersen and Kyle Newman- guesting- both scored 11+2.


Lakeside dropped out of the play off positions, after suffering a 57-35 defeat to the Swindon Robins at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday.

Craig Cook, guesting for the Hammers, top scored with 13 points. Troy Batchelor, with 15 points top scored for the home side.


Lakeside Hammers suffered back to back defeats against the Coventry Bees in the space of 24 hours.

On Saturday Hammers suffered a 56-39 loss to the Bees at the Essex Raceway. Rory Schlein, guesting for the Hammers, scored 12+2 with Kim Nilsson top scoring with 14 points. For the Bees, Chris Harris top scored with 10+2. 24 hours earlier Hammers slipped to a 55-35 loss to Coventry at Brandon.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers suffered a 53-37 loss to the Poole Pirates at Poole on Wednesday.

Rory Schlein as a guest scored seven points, along with Lewis Bridger and Adam Ellis who also scored seven points a piece.


Lakeside Hammers produced a fine 46-44 victory against the Wolverhampton Wolves in Wolverhampton on Monday.

Davey Watt top scored for the Hammers with 12 points, along with 9+1 from reserve from Adam Ellis. For the Wolves, Ricky Wells scored 12 points from five rides.


                                    LAKESIDE HAMMERS  47    EASTBOURNE EAGLES 43

                                Elite League    Friday 18th July 2014

                                    Peter Moore at the Essex Raceway

Lakeside: Watt: 12+1, Lawson 3+2, Bridger 8+1, Nilsson 7+1, Schlein 9+1, Morley 6+2 Ellis 2

Eastbourne: Pedersen: 12+1, Lahti 7, Kylmakorpi 4, Woodward 7, RR, Blackbird 12+2, Halsey 1

 Lakeside Hammers continued with their impressive home form, with a narrow four point victory over the Eastbourne Eagles.

The visitors made it difficult for the Hammers, leading by two points with just three heats remaining.

The Eagles had heat winners in the opening four heats to lead the meting 14-10. Hammers then produced a 5-1, courtesy of Davey Watt and Rory Schlein- guesting for Mikkel Bech. Eagles responded with a 5-1 heat advantage of their own in the next heat through Timo Lahti and Bjarne Pedersen. Cameron Woodward and his impressive partner Lewis Blackbird then increased the Eagles advantage to eight points with a 5-1, only for Lakeside to hit back with a 5-1 of their own through Lewis Bridger and Kim Nilsson.

After ten heats the Eagles led the meeting 33-27. Rory Schlein and Bridger reduced the gap with a 5-1 in the next heat. With three heats remaining Lakeside took the lead for the first time in the meeting, thanks to a 5-1 from Schlein and Watt. Going in to a last heat decider, Hammers held a two point advantage. With lightning circulating the track, and steady rain beginning to fall, Pedersen could only split the pairing of Watt and Schlein, as Lakeside edged the meeting to claim two league points.    

The Lakeside Hammers have made their first team change of the season by recalling club asset Kim Nilsson in place of Peter Karlsson.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers claimed all three points on offer on Friday, after defeating the Wolverhampton Wolves 57-35 at the Essex Raceway.

Rory Schlein-guesting for the Hammers- scored 11 points, with Mikkel Bech picking up 11+1 and Ben Morley nine points. For the Wolves, Tai Woffinden scored 14 points.


                                            LAKESIDE  HAMMERS  47  KINGS LYNN STARS  43

                                                      Elite League  Friday 21th June 2014

                                                 Peter Moore  at the Essex Raceway

Lakeside: Richard Lawson 11+1, Mikkel Bech 6+1, Ben Barker 9+1, Peter Karlsson 9+1, Ben Morley 8+2, Adam Ellis 4+1

Kings Lynn: Neils Kristian Iversen 11+1, Jan Graversen 1, Rory Schlein 7+1, Robert Lambert 2, Scott Nicholls 11+1, Lewis Blackbird 11, Lewis Rose 0

The Vortex Lakeside Hammers ended the Kings Lynn Stars 14 match winning run, with an outstanding all round performance from all six riders on the night.

The Hammers had to win the hard way, coming from eight points down after heat six, to eventually get their noses in front after the tenth heat.

The Stars dominated the opening six heats, as Hammers failed to win a single race. The visitors built up an eight point cushion after heat six to lead 22-14.

Heat seven saw the start of the Lakeside comeback, with Richard Lawson becoming the first home rider to win a heat. Three 5-1 heat advantages in the next five heats gave Lakeside a 40-32 lead after heat 12.

Neils Kristian Iversen and Scott Nicholls produced a 5-1 for the visitors in the next heat, only for Ben Barker and Ben Morley to return the compliment with another maximum heat advantage to the Hammers. The same pairing of Iversen and Nicholls salved a 5-1 in the final heat to claim a point for the visitors, but it was the Hammers who claimed two league points from the meeting, thanks to a very spirited second half performance from the whole team, on a night of very exciting speedway.


  The Lakeside Hammers claimed two League points, after a 45-45 draw against the Belle Vue Aces in Manchester on Monday evening.

The meeting went to a last heat decider, with Aces Scott Nicholls touching the tapes, he went back 15 metres in the re-run. Matty Zagar held of Peter Karlsson and Rory Schlein for a share of the spoils. PK top scored for the Hammers with 9+1, along with fellow guest rider Stuart Robson 8+2 and Schlein 8+1. Matty Zagar top scored for the Aces with 12 points from five rides.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers returned back to winning ways with a 58-32 victory at home to the Belle Vue Aces on Friday.

Lewis Briger top scored with 11+1. There was also useful contributions from Mikkel Bech 10+2,  Davey Watt 9 and from reserve Ben Morley 8+1 and Adam Ellis 6+1. For the Aces Matel Zagar led the way with 10 points.


The Lakeside Hammers suffered only their first home defeat of the Elite League season, when they suffered a 47-45 defeat at the hands of the Kings Lynn Stars. Despite leading by 11 points at one stage, it was the visitors who finished the meeting the stronger.

For the Hammers, Davey Watt top scored with 11 points from five rides. For the visitors Niels Kristian Iversen scored 21 points from six rides, including a winning tactical ride.





The Vortex Lakeside Hammers suffered an away defeat on Wednesday against the Poole Pirates. They went down to a 50-40 scoreline, with Richard Lawson top scoring with 13 points and Lewis Bridger 10. For the home side Przemyslaw Pawlicki scored 13+1.


Lakeside Hammers continued their unbeaten home record in the Elite League with a 53-40 victory against the Wolverhampton Wolves at the Essex Raceway on Friday.

Davey Watt top scored for the Hammers with 10 points. Piotr Pawlicki was on top form for the Wolves with 13 points.


                               LAKESIDE HAMMERS 51     COVENTRY BEES   44

                                     Elite League   Saturday 3rd May 2014

                                             Peter Moore at the Essex Raceway

The Vortex lakeside Hammers maintained their unbeaten home start to the league with a 51-44 victory against the Coventry Bees at Lakeside on Saturday.

It was the Bees who edged in front after the opening two heats by two points. Hammers recorded their first 5-1 of the meeting in the third heat when Lewis Bridger partnered Davey Watt to a heat advantage. In heat 5 Lakeside increased their lead to eight points as the home side lead 19-11 thanks to a one two from Peter Karlsson and Bridger. With the Bees ten points down after six heats, Team Manager Gary Haverlock decided to use a tactical ride when he nominated Kenneth Hansen for double points, but Hammers Richard Lawson managed to hold of the Dane to give the home side an eight point cushion.

Watt completed his third heat win of the evening in heat eight, with Mikkel Bech claiming second place for Hammer’s third 5-1 of the night. Lakeside were comfortably leading the meeting after ten heats with the score 39-23. Coventry were forced to use their final tactical ride of the evening when Hans Andersen was given the black and white helmet. It proved a good call as Bees number one raced to victory, with Bridger second.

The Bees steadily got themselves back into the meeting thanks to a 5-1 from Max Fricke and Jason Garrity. But the remaining three heats were evenly shared amongst the points, as Hammers maintained top position in the Elite League.

Peter Karlsson top scored for the Hammers with 12 points and Davey Watt produced a typical Captain’s performance from the front with 10+1. For the visiting Bees Hans Andersen top scored with 17 points from five rides.


On Bank Holiday Monday, The Coventry  Bees got their revenge on the Lakeside Hammers with a 49-41 victory at Brandon. Hammers lost Captain Davey Watt who had to withdraw from the meeting after his first ride with a hand injury. Mikkel Bech top scored with 12 points and Richard Lawson picked up 11+2. For the home side Kyle Howarth top scored with 9 points.


Lakeside Hammers went back to the top of the Elite League with a 56-38 victory against the Swindon Robins at the Essex Raceway on Friday.

   Davey Watt with 10+1, Peter Karlsson 9+1, Lewis Bridger 9+2 and from reserve Ben Morley with 8+4 led the way for the home side. For the Robins Peter Kildemand top scored with 16 points from five rides.


Lakeside Hammers shared a spoil of the two meetings against the Eastbourne Eagles on Good Friday.

  In the Afternoon start at the Essex Raceway Hammers ran out 55-41 winners, with Peter Karlsson picking up 13+1 and Mikkel Bech 11 points. Later in the evening the Eagles gained revenge with a 48-42 victory against the Hammers. Lewis Bridger picked up 13 points, with Bjarne Pedersen scoring 14 points for the home side. Despite this defeat Lakeside picked up a total of four league points from both meetings.


It was a mixed 24 hours for the Hammers, with a comprehensive 69-21 victory against the Birmingham Brummies at the Essex Raceway on Friday, but 24 hours later Hammers travelled to Leicester to face the Lions and were defeated 48-41.

  On Friday Hammers outclassed the Brummies with Davey Watt scoring 14+1, Mikkel Bech 13+2 and Lewis Bridger 10+2. On Saturday Hammers top points scorer was Mikkel Bech with 10 points, for the Lions Jason Doyle top scored with 10+1.


 The Vortex Lakeside Hammers made it three consecutive victories in a row when they defeated the Leicester Lions 52-42 on Friday at the Essex Raceway.

Peter Karlsson top scored for the Hammers with 11+1 and Davey Watt recorded a 10+1 haul. Jason Doyle was the top rider of the night for the Lions with 10 points.


 Lakeside Hammers made it consecutive victories at the start of the Elite League season, when they defeated the Birmingham Brummies 56-37 at Birmingham on Wednesday.

   Davey Watt top scored with 13+1 with Mikkel Bech continuing his great start to the season with 11 points and Richard Lawson and Adam Ellis both scoring 10 points apiece. For the Brummies Adam Skorniki top scored with 13 points.


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers started of their Elite League campaign with a 47-44 victory against the Swindon Robins at the Essex Raceway on Friday.

   New signing Mikkel Bech, Davey Watt and Richard Lawson all scored 9 points. For the Robins Peter Kildemand top scored with 13+1 and Troy Batchelor 11+1.






All fixtures subject to possible amendment



Weds 26th                           Poole                                                                                     CH                                          Away

FRI 28TH                              SWINDON                                                                           EL                                            HOME



Weds 2nd                            Birmingham                                                                       EL                                            Away   

FRI 4TH                                LEICESTER                                                                            EL                                            HOME

Weds 9th                             King’s Lynn                                                                         EL                                            Away

FRI 11TH                              BIRMINGHAM                                                                  EL                                            HOME  

Sat 12th                               Leicester                                                                               EL                                            Away

FRI 18TH                              EASTBOURNE                                    1PM                       EL                                            HOME

Fri 18th                                 Eastbourne                                                                         EL                                            Away

FRI 25TH                              SWINDON                                                                           EL                                            HOME

Mon 28th                            Wolverhampton                                                               EL                                            Away



SAT 3RD                               COVENTRY                                                                          EL                                            HOME

Mon 5th                               Coventry                                                                              EL                                            Away   

Thurs 8th                            Swindon                                                                              EL                                            Away

FRI 9TH                                WOLVERHAMPTON                                                        EL                                            HOME

Weds 14th                           Poole                                                                                     EL                                            Away

FRI 16TH                              RESERVED                                                                                                                           HOME

MON 19TH                          TBC – LIVE SKY MATCH                                                  EL                                            HOME

SAT 24TH                             POOLE                                                                                  EL                                            HOME

FRI 30TH                              RESERVED                                                                                                                           HOME



FRI 6TH                                 BELLE VUE                                                                           EL                                            HOME

Mon 9th                               Belle Vue                                                                              EL                                            Away   

FRI 13TH                              LEICESTER                                                                            EL                                            HOME  

FRI 20TH                              KING’S LYNN                                                                     EL                                            HOME

FRI 27TH                              RESERVED                                                                                                                           HOME



FRI 4TH                                 WOLVERHAMPTON                       TBC                        EL                                            HOME

SAT 5TH                               WOLVERHAMPTON                        TBC                        EL                                            HOME

Thurs 10th                           King’s Lynn                                                                         EL                                            Away

FRI 11TH                              NO MEETING - BRITISH GP AT CARDIFF                                                                  HOME

Weds 16th                           Birmingham                                                                        EL                                            Away

FRI 18TH                              EASTBOURNE                                                                    EL                                            HOME                  

Sat 19th                               Leicester                                                                              EL                                            Away

Mon 21st                             Wolverhampton                                                               EL                                            Away

FRI 25TH                              BIRMINGHAM                                                                  EL                                            HOME                  



FRI 1ST                                 NO MEETING - SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP                                                                                HOME

Thurs 7th                             Swindon                                                                              EL                                            Away   

FRI 8TH                                POOLE                                                                                  EL                                            HOME

Weds 13th                           Poole                                                                                     EL                                            Away

FRI 15TH                              BELLE VUE                                                                           EL                                            HOME  

Mon 18th                            Belle Vue                                                                              EL                                            Away

Fri 22nd                                Coventry                                                                              EL                                            Away

SAT 23RD                             COVENTRY                                                                          EL                                            HOME  

FRI 29TH                              RESERVED                                                                                                                           HOME  

Sat 30th                               Eastbourne                                                                         EL                                            Away



FRI 5TH                                 KING’S LYNN                                                                     EL                                            HOME

FRI 12TH                              RESERVED                                                                                                                           HOME

FRI 19TH                              RESERVED                                                                                                                           HOME

   The Vortex Lakeside Hammers will start off their Elite League campaign with a visit to the Birmingham Brummies on Wednesday 2nd April. Hammers fans have to wait just 48 hours before the team are at home to new boys Leicester Lions on the 4th. The traditional Good Friday visit of Eastbourne on the 18th April with a 1 pm start time, along with no less than three, possibly four Saturday night meetings at the Essex Raceway for fans to look forward to are the highlites in a full fixture list.




  The Vortex Lakeside Hammers have agreed a deal with Workington that will see Richard Lawson join the Hammers on a permanent basis.


   Both Davey Watt and Peter Karlsson will return next season for the Lakeside Hammers. Watt and Karlsson will be returning for a third season.


 The Lakeside Hammers have confirmed new Danish signing Mikkel Bech will ride for the Essex side next season. The club have also revealed that Richard Lawson and Lewis Bridger will once again be riding in Hammers colours next season.





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