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Jolly decade comes to an end at Mildenhall’s Fen Tigers

Mildenhall Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly has decided to step away ahead of the coming season after nine successful years with the National League speedway club.

Jolly and wife Gill helped guide a new management team through their first season in 2019 and now feel the time is now right to step away.

He leaves success in his wake; the Fen Tigers won the Grand Slam of all five trophies in 2012, plus four other trophies, as well as producing one of the finest teams the league has ever seen in 2018.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Kevin Jolly Picture by Mark Westley. (25428010)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Kevin Jolly Picture by Mark Westley. (25428010)

His legacy goes deeper as a passionate speedway fan, who loved nothing more than to see young riders develop and fulfil their potential.

The list of talented riders who benefitted from his support and guidance include Cameron Heeps, Lewis Blackbird, Joe Jacobs, Stefan Nielsen, Josh Bates, Connor Mountain, Jordan Jenkins, Drew Kemp and Danny Ayres.

General manager Phil Kirk said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work for and with Kevin, his passion for the sport is second to none and we have all learned a great deal.

“Kevin has always kept going and pushing on when many would have walked away. His love for Mildenhall Speedway is unquestionable. As a lifelong fan I have to say he is, for me, the club’s finest promoter and leaves behind a legacy that will never be surpassed.”

Meanwhile, the Fen Tigers have announced the remaining five riders to complete their septet for the forthcoming 2020 season, subject to BSPA approval.

Joining the already named Ryan Kinsley and Luke Ruddick are four more riders with previous experience riding for the Fen Tigers in Sam Bebee, Jason Edwards, Elliot Kelly and Matt Marson.

The only new face is the highly promising 15-year-old ex-British 150cc and 250cc champion Nathan Ablitt.

Ablitt impressed at Kent last season before injury curtailed his year, but did enough to gain the attentions of the West Row club.

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