Somerset Rebels gearing up for new season

PUBLISHED: 12:10 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 31 January 2018

Jason Doyle.

Jason Doyle.

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The Cases Somerset Rebels are getting ready for a serious assault on the SGB Premiership title, led by reigning world champion Jason Doyle.

The Cases Somerset Rebels are gearing up for a serious assault on the SGB Premiership title in only their second season of top flight British racing and will have the reigning world speedway champion Jason Doyle leading the attack and face a new regular race night of Wednesdays.

Doyle, aged 32, begins his third spell as a Rebel having previously been with the club in 2008 and then for back-to-back campaigns in 2012 and 2013 and it was only visa issues that prevented him extending that into a third straight year.

While the majority of the Rebels’ home meetings will be on Wednesday nights this season, they open their 2018 campaign with a traditional Friday night engagement when they face Poole in the Knockout Cup on Good Friday (March 30 at 7.30pm).

The two clubs meet earlier that day at Poole (11am) in the first leg to make it a busy day for all involved.

That clash against Poole will bring an early appearance at the Oak Tree by last season’s number one Josh Grajczonek, who has been recalled by his parent club, while there will be on-track rivalry in the Holder family as new Rebel Jack goes up against his former world champion brother Chris.

Somerset face their first SGB Premiership league fixture on April 4 with the visit of Rye House before heading to one of Doyle’s former tracks, Leicester on April 16.

Jason Doyle will be making an early appearance at the Oak Tree Arena when he will be the special guest at the 2018 launch of the Tatum & Pearson On The Road Tour this coming tonight (Thursday).

The sold-out event will see the television commentators debating their views and sharing experiences while also getting Jason’s take on what it is like to be world champion.

The full 2018 line-up: Jason Doyle (9.69); Charles Wright (6.69); Richard Lawson (6.43); Jack Holder (5.82); Jake Allen (5.07); Bradley Wilson-Dean (4.67); Jonas Jeppesen (4.00).

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