Rath­bone is ‘sick of all the neg­a­tiv­ity’

Speed­way - SGB Cham­pi­onship Fours

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Pan­thers pro­moter Ged Rath­bone has is­sued a pas­sion­ate de­fence of his ac­tions af­ter be­ing blasted by the Bri­tish Speed­way Pro­mot­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BSPA).

Rath­bone was ac­cused of ‘ap­palling’ ac­tions which ‘sold Bri­tish speed­way down the river’ as a row erupted last week­end.

It con­cerned Rath­bone’s de­ci­sion to al­low star tal­ent Jack Holder to miss the big SGB Cham­pi­onship Fours at the East of Eng­land Arena last Sun­day to race in Poland.

The Pan­thers supremo in­sisted it was the right call for all in­volved - the rider, the city club and Pol­ish out­fit Torun - but BSPA chair­man Buster Chap­man took a dim view and warned sanc­tions will fol­low.

Rath­bone said: “I will go on record to say I have not sold Bri­tish speed­way down the river as the BSPA state­ment of last week­end claimed.

“I al­ways aim to act in the best in­ter­ests of Bri­tish speed­way while do­ing what is best in the big­ger pic­ture for my club.

“It would not have been right to stop Jack from tak­ing an op­por­tu­nity to race at a high level against some of the best rid­ers in the world af­ter be­ing called up to re­place the cur­rent world cham­pion.

“We then went on to win a fantastic Fours event - which at­tracted an un­be­liev­able crowd and pro­vided some sen­sa­tional racing - with­out Jack.

“I’m sick of all the neg­a­tiv­ity that sur­rounds the sport.

“We have a great prod­uct and need to start pro­mot­ing it in a more pos­i­tive light.”

The BSPA de­clined to ex­pand on Chap­man’s com­ments when con­tacted by the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph.

But they did con­firm that the mat­ter has now been passed on to the Speed­way Con­trol Bureau (SCB) - the sport’s rule­mak­ers - for han­dling.

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