IN FROM THE COLD
Telford ice promoter Graham Drury is tipping Coventry star Edward Kennett to make a winning return from suspension in the last-ever British Open indoor event on Sunday.
Kennett has been absent from British circuits since being suspended for using an illegal silencer in Coventry’s Elite League fixture at Lakeside on August 6.
He was handed a one-year ban from the sport, six months of which were suspended, which ruled him out of the remainder of the 2011 season.
"Itâ€™s his first meeting back after suspension because of the silencer issue last summer, so he is determined to make up for lost time!"
- Graham Drury
But he resumes his career this year when he will be back in the Bees team alongside fellow Team Great Britain internationals Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls.
The Telford event is a popular prelude to the season, having run since 1986, but this Sunday’s event will be the last as renovations at the ice rink will make the venue incompatible with speedway bikes in future.
And Drury believes Kennett could pull off an historic victory having spent the winter training in the US.
He said: “I just think the fact that Kennett has been on a bike regularly on the small Californian tracks means he will be sharp and ready to do the business.
“It’s also his first meeting back after suspension because of the silencer issue last summer, so he is determined to make up for lost time!”
Kennett will be joined in the event by the likes of Team GB colleague Ben Barker, German star Martin Smolinski, former Cardiff wild card David Howe, Phil Morris and Paul Hurry.
Drury admits Kennett will face some stiff competition and added: “People have been asking me who I predict will win the British Open but I do think it’s impossible to predict with any confidence because of the quality of the field.
“It’s the last staging of the Telford Ice meetings because of redevelopment work at the rink so it’s going to be an emotional day and all 16 competitors in the British Open on Sunday night will be desperate to win it.”
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