The Husqvarna Hammers lost the services of skipper Mark Loram in this defeat at Arlington in the second leg of the AirTek Challenge.

Loram suffered in a freak incident following a heat eleven stoppage which had seen the referee call a halt to proceedings following a tapes infringement from Eagles' Adam Allott. Loram and partner Josh Larsen came to grief behind Nicki Pedersen as the race slowed and there were concerned looks as the Arena-Essex number one was taken from the track in obvious discomfort with reports of a hand injury, quickly receiving medical attention.

Operating rider replacement for Wednesday's crash victim Roman Povazhny, the Husqvarna Hammers' numbers were further reduced when Paul Hurry withdrew from the meeting following a tactical ride-winning outing in the eighth heat.

With three members of the team missing, Leigh Lanham and Piotr Swist led to fight to the home side, who won comfortably and had Pedersen and his Australian team mate Adam Shields in maximum form. Former Hammer Dean Barker enjoyed a rewarding night against his old club, dropping just one point in heat twelve to Lanham.

Veteran Pole Swist was lively all evening and celebrated his first heat victory in British Speedway over the Eagles No.1, David Norris, in heat ten. The Polish Husqvarna Hammers reserve finished up taking seven rides on a busy night.

With Gary Havelock and Josh Larsen struggling for the Husqvarna Hammers and lack of available cover for the injured parties (Arena-Essex had to go with just one rider in two of the final four heats.) Eastbourne unsurprisingly raced to victory on their own circuit, claiming the aggregate success with a 5-1 in the final race.

The latest news on the Husqvarna Hammers No.1, Mark Loram, is that he was detained in Eastbourne Hospital on Saturday evening and was due to be moved to East Grinstead Hospital on Sunday afternoon. The East Grinstead Hospital specialises in plastic surgery and skin graphs. The injury, to two of his fingers on his left hand, was cleaned up at Eastbourne Hospital but a specialist is due to look at them at East Grinstead. At this stage it is not known how long Loram is likely to be out of action but further Press Releases will be issued as soon as further information becomes available.

The Husqvarna Hammers Promoter, Ronnie Russell, has already booked in David Norris of Eastbourne as a guest for Loram in their opening SkyBet Elite Speedway League match, which is scheduled to take place at the Arena-Essex Raceway next Tuesday (22nd March).



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