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Danny Ayres expected to rise to the challenge of being Mildenhall Fen Tigers new number one

By Sports Newmarket

Mildenhall Fen Tigers team manager Phil Kirk expects Danny Ayres to have no problems in rising to the challenge of becoming the club’s new number one, writes Graham Clark.

TOP FORM: Danny Ayres (red) takes control against Plymouth. Picture: Derek Leader (3845305)
TOP FORM: Danny Ayres (red) takes control against Plymouth. Picture: Derek Leader (3845305)

The 32-year-old will take over top spot in the team from Drew Kemp for the first time against fellow National League play-off contenders Eastbourne Eagles on Sunday (3pm).

In recent meetings, the former Kent Kings rider has produced a string of stand-out displays, including gaining his first home paid maximum in the club’s 64-25 National League Knock Out Cup semi-final first leg victory over the Belle Vue Colts.

“There is no doubt he is up to the challenge as he has been building towards this all season,” said Kirk.

“He has had his ups and downs but he has stopped all the silly falls. He made the change to live with one of his sponsors and concentrate on his speedway and it has paid dividends as we have seen in his scores.

“He is a racer and it is all clicking into gear and he is coming into form at the right time. Hopefully he will run that form through to the end of the season.”

While the Fen Tigers will face a stern test of their credentials against the Eagles, Kirk is confident his team can maintain their unbeaten record at Mildenhall Stadium this season before picking up more points on the road against the Kent Kings on Monday (6.30pm).

“Eastbourne will be another interesting one,” said Kirk.

“We gave them a hiding at home in the National Trophy but that will count for nothing on Sunday but at the same time the lads can take confidence from that.

“When you think we went to Kent earlier in the season in the National Trophy and beat them at their place without Jordan (Jenkins), Drew (Kemp), Josh (Bailey) and Sam (Bebee), hopefully we can put up a good performance, and a winning one, with a full team.”

There was better news for rising star Kemp on his third start for the Ipswich Witches in the Championship on Friday after claiming a paid 14 total (12+2) in their 30-59 victory over the Scunthorpe Scorpions at the Eddie Wright Raceway.

“He beat Stefan Nielsen and Gino Manzares on Friday which was great to see. Fair play to him,” said Kirk.

“Drew is incredibly talented there is no doubt about it. Once his gating gets sharper I don’t see him having any trouble in the Championship.”

l The Fen Tigers clash with the Birmingham Brummies which was rained off on Sunday will now take place on Saturday, September 8 (7.30pm).

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