Ledwith on the up with Kings
Ledwith on the up with Kings

The team building for the Kent TouchTec Kings for their inaugural Speedway Great Britain Championship [SGBC] season is sure to see some new faces arriving at Central Park, but one fixture in the line up retained from last year is 2019 skipper, Rob Ledwith.

The Barham near Canterbury-based Ledwith was the literal comeback King of the last Speedway season, returning all bikes a-blazing after not far off a quarter of a century out of the saddle in terms of competitive racing.  

2020 will mark another landmark for the East London-born rider who celebrated his 48th. birthday earlier this month, as he will be returning to second tier racing – Ledwith made in the region of 150 appearances for Second Division clubs, Rye House, King’s Lynn and predominantly his then local side Arena Essex between 1989 and 1995,

Co-promoter Len Silver commented,“The next name for our 2020 side I can disclose at present is a rider who will be one of our two reserves in the SGBC and is unquestionably one of most popular Kings of 2019, Rob Ledwith.  Rob is picked because of his sheer enthusiasm and dedication and of course it’s a return for him to second tier racing.”

Ledwith is cock-a-hoop to be remaining with the TouchTec Kings at the point of their elevation – with, this time, a number of tracks to visit this coming campaign he’d have raced at in his earlier era of second tier Speedway,

“I’m thrilled with my selection for the Kings in the SGBC.  It’s another fantastic challenge for 2020! “My first season for the TouchTec Kings has given me a great foundation for the step up to Championship racing and although I’ll be lining up against some fast and very talented opposition, I will start the 2020 season with a good understanding of my equipment/engines etc. and will be race-ready from the get go!  I will be working very hard testing over the winter and ensuring I’m fully fit – really can’t wait!”