SPEEDWAY planned to be held at Plymouth later this month, featuring the Isle of Wight’s Wightlink Warriors team, has been cancelled amid fears of a rising coronavirus trend in the West Country.

Plymouth successfully staged two meetings, with strict Covid-19 regulations in place, last month — one of which involved the Warriors as part of a three-team event.

However, Plymouth decided to cancel their meeting on Saturday, October 17, given current trends with the virus.

Isle of Wight County Press: An Island speedway fan with Wightlink Warriors coronavirus face mask.An Island speedway fan with Wightlink Warriors coronavirus face mask.

Plymouth Gladiators co-promoter, Mark Phillips, said: “Despite confirmation regulation changes wouldn’t prevent us from carrying on, we can’t hide from the fact the national situation with Covid-19 has deteriorated significantly, with increasing hotspots locally.”

Wightlink Warriors co-promoter, Barry Bishop, echoed Mark’s sentiments.

“Mark and his team at The Coliseum have done wonderfully well to stage two fully compliant meetings, with excellent feedback from all involved.

“However, the Covid-19 situation has changed since we first discussed a meeting against the Gladiators.

“With the virus in that region now showing rising numbers I can fully understand the decision taken.

“I know Mark would be devastated if an infection were to be traced back to speedway.

“So we are now at the end of a hugely frustrating road this year.

“Nonetheless, we continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to develop and improve our club, ready for the return of competitive action, which we hope will be in the spring.”