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Ipswich Witches future hangs in balance

Chris Louis
Louis had hinted Ipswich might voluntarily drop divisions

Ipswich Witches have failed to find a backer to secure their place in speedway's Elite League.

A proposed deal with a sponsor to fund top flight racing at Foxhall next season has fallen through.

Director of speedway Chris Louis told the club's website: "It's a big blow but we are not the only Elite League club in a difficult position."

Ipswich will wait until the conclusion of the upcoming British Speedway AGM before making their next move.

The Witches have been lobbying for an expanded Elite League all season and will hope changes are made to the sport's divisional structure to entice a new sponsor.

The bottom line is that our future is currently out of our hands

Ipswich director of speedway Chris louis

"We go to the BSPA AGM on Thursday to find out what our future will be," Louis added.

"It could be either Elite or Premier League but we obviously don't want to consider it could be no league at all.

"However the bottom line is that our future is currently out of our hands."

The Suffolk side suffered a torrid 2010 campaign, winning just four out of 32 league meetings, and had to overcome Premier League outfit Newcastle Diamonds in a play-off to maintain their right to ride in the Elite League after finishing bottom of the table.

Star rider Scott Nicholls has also failed to commit his future to the club, stating he is "keeping his options open".

Suffolk lost its other speedway team earlier this year, when the Mildenhall Fen Tigers pulled out of the National League because of financial problems.

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see also
Nicholls open on Witches future
02 Nov 10 |  Speedway
Witches secure Elite League spot
29 Oct 10 |  Motorsport
Louis hopes to avoid 'disaster'
01 Sep 10 |  Motorsport
Fen Tigers hope exit is temporary
03 Aug 10 |  Motorsport
Witches drop is possible - Louis
14 Jul 10 |  Motorsport
Nicholls rues Witches' poor form
09 Jul 10 |  Motorsport

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