Sunday February 12, 2017
A week is a long time in politics so they say and it seems a whole lot longer in Speedway terms! The Hitmen were a long way from completing their line-up and Team Boss Jason Pipe was resigned to having another 3-pointer in the final 7.

Following discussions and protracted negotiations Buxton have managed to secure the services of Poole’s Ellis Perks.

Pipe takes up the story ‘Well this was a signing that came right out of the blue! Ellis had already stated that he wasn't looking for a NL spot at the start of the 2017 season because he has Premiership and Championship commitments and it is going to be a big year for Ellis. But then Ellis contacted me out of the blue asking if he could come to Buxton and help us out, as he knew I was struggling to find that all important 3rd Heat Leader and knew I wanted him at Buxton. He is going to be very busy in 2017 riding in 3 leagues. Ellis and I get on great and I got to know him really well when I guested as Team Manager for Eastbourne last season in a number of their away meetings. I'm really looking forward to working with him again in 2017 and I'll also see him riding on a regular basis for my local club Redcar. Ellis will come in to the team from the start of the season. Ellis has to put his Premiership and Championship duties first and if things are getting too much for him during the season, then we have an agreement in place that he'll be honest with me and let me know if it is getting too much and we'd then look at releasing him from his NL duties. But at the moment neither of us are looking at that and it's hoped he will come in and it will all work out and he'll enjoy racing for the Hitmen, which I know he's really looking forward to doing. I'm sure all our fans are going to be very happy and excited with this signing and I myself can't wait to get to work with this team we've assembled. Bring on the season I say! This signing will now have other clubs looking over their shoulders, because believe me, Ellis isn't coming in to make up the numbers. He's a winner and he'll be hoping to continue that winning feeling with Buxton! Hopefully this will now put us up there as potential play off qualifiers and we never know, the Speedway Star correspondents at the beginning of the season may back us to finish a little higher in the league in 2017!!! I'd like to personally thank Steve Jenson of Rye House, Ben Duffill of Redcar and Matt Ford of Ellis's Parent club Poole for giving their approval in allowing Ellis to race for Buxton in 2017.

Perks himself is pleased to be trebling-up ‘Jason has basically asked me to come in for the start of this season with Buxton just to help out and see how things go, obviously, I'm going to be very busy Riding in both championship and premiership leagues this season but I'm willing to help out and looking forward to it!’

Pipe was keen to point out the benefit to the team balance of including Perks ‘With Ellis now coming in to the side, it means a lot of the pressure has now been taken off the reserves, which was something they didn't need and was worrying me. Had we had no other choice to have put another 3.00 pointer in to the side. This is a team now that can have a great season. It's one of the strongest sides that Buxton have had in a while and I can now imagine that no club will be looking forward to coming to us to race this team! Fingers crossed and hopefully we had all the bad luck last season, this team in my eyes are genuine play-off contenders. I'm not going to get carried away, but I've never been this excited about the start of a Speedway season since I was a spectator at Middlesbrough, when I couldn't wait for the 1990 season to start and in the end Middlesbrough finished runners up

in the KO Cup and the League! If that achievement can be reached this coming, season, then I think we'll be all happy to have had a good season like that!