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NINE-MONTH UK BAN FOR HOLDER

Aussie racer Chris Holder has been hit with a nine-month ban from British racing following King’s Lynn’s night of chaos against Poole.

10 / 08 / 2017, 14:11

Aussie racer Chris Holder has been hit with a nine-month ban from British racing following King’s Lynn’s night of chaos against Poole on July 13.

The Sydneysider was found guilty in his absence by the Speedway Control Bureau of refusing to compete in two of his races as Stars’ went down 52-40, in a meeting which saw the home side seething over track conditions.

Holder breached the two-minute time allowance for heats seven and 13, retiring from his opening ride too.

He was initially hit with a 28-day suspension and then sacked by King’s Lynn, meaning he cannot get a new club this season as the cut-off date for team changes passed at the end of last month.

But now the Dorset-based rider will not be able to start next season with a UK club following the news he is banned until April 13. He also copped a fine of £3,000.

Holder was found to have breached rule 3.2.7, which bans: “Any proceedings or acts prejudicial to the interests of, any part or body of the ACU, SCB, BSPA or of the sport of motorcycling generally.”

He was also found guilty of breaking rule 3.2.10, for “failure to attend, withdrawing (or threatening to withdraw) from a meeting duly listed on the official fixture list … It also includes, but not limited to those occasions where a team fails to meet the two-minute time allowance on two occasions for the same heat, without just cause.”

A statement from Speedway Control Bureau boss Neil Vatcher confirmed: “After reading through witness statements and unfortunately with no attendance from Mr Holder or his representative so no evidence of defence, the members found Mr Holder in breach of two speedway regulations, SR 3.2.7 and SR 3.2.10.

“As a result of being found guilty, Mr Holder’s SCB registration will be suspended for a period of nine months from the date of the offence and a fine of £3,000.”

Aussie international Troy Batchelor was also sacked by King’s Lynn after he withdrew from the Poole meeting due to injury, only to guest for Swindon 24 hours later. But having been issued with a medical certificate, the SCB had no grounds to take action against the Queenslander.

We were unable to reach Holder for comment.

 

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