The Evening News can reveal today that Edinburgh Monarchs’ director Brian Gray is to build the first speedway training track in Scotland in over a decade, with work to begin on the site at Avonbridge, near Falkirk, later this month.
Gray has agreed a five-year deal to lease almost eight acres of farmland adjacent to the Central Scotland Autograss Racing League, and has commissioned Edinburgh track curator Alan Bridgett to construct the planned 230 metre circuit which will have slightly banked bends.
Gray is financing the project which is totally independent of Edinburgh Monarchs Speedway.
Gray, a former taxi driver, is keen to nurture young riders’ north of the border, and is hoping to enter a side in the Northern Junior League next season, with the aim of joining the National League, the third tier in British speedway, sometime in the future.
It is also believed that Glasgow Tigers are planning to build a training track of their own on land behind their newly revamped Ashfield Stadium base.
Heathersfield Stadium in Linlithgow was the last training facility in Scotland until it had to close it’s doors, and was responsible for producing riders’ like Derek Sneddon and Andrew Tully.