This Sunday (22nd April at 2pm) all roads lead to the Mildenhall Stadium in West Row, as Mildenhall host a testimonial meeting for one of the sports true gentleman.
Jon ‘Armo’ Armstrong epitomises everything that is good about the sport of speedway. An exciting hard but fair rider who respects his opponents, cares about the sport he loves, and willingly shares his knowledge and experience with those in need. With a career that spans in advance of 25 years and is still going strong his list of clubs reads like a who’s who of speedway teams.
Starting at Belle Vue in 1992, Armo’s career has seen him ride for Coventry, Sheffield, Buxton, Swindon, Peterborough, Stoke, Newport, Birmingham, Boston, Weymouth, Dudley and of course Mildenhall, the club he calls home!
It is no surpise that the field assembled is of a high quality and includes the likes of Ipswich heat leader Rory Schlein and Berwick’s Kevin Doolan. It is also no surprise that the field has a strong Mildenhall feel with current ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers Danny Ayres and Jordan Jenkins taking their place alongside ex Fen Tigers favourites Danny Halsey, Alfie Bowtell, Stefan Nielsen, Connor Mountain, Ben Hopwood and of course Armo himself!
There will also be Junior racing throughout the afternoon, with many potential starts of the future racing under the Young Lions banner.
In typical understated style Jon was keen to thank those that have helped him put this special day together rather than focus on himself, he said “It is incredible to think that this special day for my family and myself is nearly upon us. There are so many people I wish to thank, the Mildenhall Management for their help in getting me a testimonial meeting and for staging it at Mildenhall, the place I call home. My wonderful testimonial committee who have worked so hard to put everything in place, all the people who have kindly sponsored the event, and of course the riders who have agreed to come and entertain everyone. But most of all I must thank my family for putting up with all the ups and downs a speedway suffers over a career and giving me unconditional support.
When I look back over the years I feel very lucky to have been part of such a wonderful sport, and have no intention of retiring just yet, I am enjoying a new lease of life this season.
I sincerely hope everyone has a wonderful afternoon on Sunday and although I won’t be able to thank everyone in person for coming, you should know how very grateful I am to you all”
Jon Armstrong Testimonial Line Up:
1. Simon Lambert 2. Adam Roynon 3. Danny Halsey 4. TBC 5. Rory Schlein 6. Kevin Doolan 7. Alfie Bowtell 8. Luke Bowen 9. Ben Hopwood 10. Jordan Jenkins 11. Kyle Newman 12. Stefan Nilesen 13. Jon Armstrong 14. Danny Ayres 15. Connor Mountain 16. Ben Morley
Reserves Sam Bebee and Danno Verge