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The Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers are pleased to announce their third rider ahead of the 2017 season with the return of the ever popular Danny Halsey.
Incredibly it will be the seventh successive season at Mildenhall for the Buckingham based racer who incidentally is also the seventh highest all time point scorer for Mildenhall with 1543 points! Halsey can’t quite complete a hat trick of sevens as he is currently eighth in the all time appearance record for the Fen Tigers but that next milestone will hopefully be achieved and maybe passed during the forthcoming season. Only Halsey’s current Team Manager Robert Henry, with eleven, has ridden in more consecutive seasons for the Suffolk club.
Halsey was an important member of the all conquering 2012 Grand Slam side, scoring a memorable heat fourteen victory at Kings Lynn to set up the National League title win against Dudley after his impressive paid twenty two over the two legs had helped the Fen Tigers claim the KO Cup against the same side. The former National League Riders Champion had a relatively slow start to the 2016 season before hitting the kind of form that regular Mildenhall supporters know all too well he is capable of with a succession of high scores, racing with both the speed and the style that make him such a crowd favourite.
Club promoter Kevin Jolly has no doubt there is still more to come from Halsey and is pleased to have him back in the line-up, he said “In my mind on his day Danny is as good as it gets at this level, he just needs to find his consistency early on and maintain it throughout to have another big season for us. He is very popular both on and off the track and there is no doubt he rides better with Jon (Armstrong) in the side. The pair put in some brilliant rides together last season and we will be hoping for more of the same in 2017. Like Jon he is always there to help the younger lads and without the pressure of captaincy he really came out of himself last season. Danny has ridden for me in all six seasons I have been at Mildenhall and it is great to welcome him back for a seventh”
Halsey was pleased to be back ‘home’ again, he said: “I am really looking forward to my seventh year at the club which is like my second home these days. I still can't believe this will be my seventh year, that's almost half the age of our reserve Jordan (Jenkins) this year. It makes me feel a little old!
I had noticed I hadn't been put forward by some of the supporters in their teams for next season so hopefully l can prove a couple of the doubters wrong this year and really step it up. A lot of work will be going into the coming season with two complete new chassis on order and waiting to be built for the New Year. I really want to be ready from the off and start as I mean to go on with some big scores. I am looking forward to working with Kevin, Rob, James and Phil once more for what I'm hoping will be a long overdue successful season for the Fen Tigers, the team building so far suggests that is really a possibility and I can’t wait to get started”.
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