Jonas Davidsson was Friday night crowned Reading Speedway's 'Rider of the Year', as reward for his great end of season run of form in his debut season in British Speedway. The award was made by the Reading Speedway Supporters Club, at the club's end-of-season Dinner and Dance at the Holiday Inn in Caversham.

The Swede came into the Racers team at the start of the season, after being highly recommended by former-Racers legends Per Jonsson and Armando Castagna. He initially found it tough going to live up to his nine-point assessed average, but put in some excellent form in the second-half of the season, particularly at Smallmead. This culminated in a brilliant 16 (paid 17) from six rides in Monday's 44-44 home draw with Kings Lynn Stars.

Davidsson was obviously delighted with the award, he said, "It's been a tough season for Reading but I've enjoyed this year. This award is one I will treasure. "I'd like to say thanks to the promotion and supporters for staying with me when things weren't going so good early on in the season. I intend to show their faith in me by helping the team to have a good year in 2004."

Racers co-promoter Chris Shears took the microphone and said a few words thanking all the sponsors for their support this season, but in particular wished to thank the long-suffering Smallmead supporters.

Shears said, "Our supporters have been brilliant this year despite it being a very tough season for everyone. We are well aware that we must improve things, so Pat Bliss and myself will be doing everything we can to ensure the Racers have a good year next season."



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