Speedway: Leicester Lions makes changes to Beaumont Park track
Leicester Lions are cutting corners in a bid for Premier League success.
Work has begun to alter their Beaumont Park track. A group of volunteers has been helping to re-shape the entry into the first bend and the exit leading off the pits turn.
This weekend, weather permitting, changes will be made to turns three and four.
"We first floated the idea of changing the track shape with the team during last summer but decided to defer the project until the winter months," said Lions co-promoter Alan Jones.
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"After an indifferent start in the League Cup competition, when we lost at home to Ipswich and Somerset, results improved and the question was posed at a time when the team was on a winning sequence in the Premier League.
"The riders did not want to lose their home-track knowledge and were concerned that results could slip. So they asked us to leave the shape just as it was until the end of the season, so that's what we did."
For the first time in 35 years of competitive racing, Lions won all 12 of last season's league fixtures at Beaumont Park, plus both their play-off clashes.
Fans will be hoping for more of the same when the new season revs into action next month. They will, however, be wondering if the track changes will have a bearing on home advantage.
Jones believes that will not be the case, and said: "It won't make any difference to the riders. They will have plenty of chances to try out the circuit before the season starts.
"The fact is that the exit and entry lanes needed to be wider to create more racing lines. And from a spectator's point of view, it will increase the excitement."
If the work is completed on schedule, there will be sufficient time for the new inner lines to settle before the Lions' pre-season opening, the East Midlands Bowl challenge against near-neighbours and great rivals Coventry Bees, on Saturday, March 16.