Now-seven year Scunthorpe star Wilkinson is well known for his rugged determination and thrilling never-say-die attitude. Apart from the Scorpions, he has enjoyed stints with the likes of Berwick, Newcastle, Newport, Redcar and – at top flight level – Wolverhampton, Ipswich and King’s Lynn (in 2016), plus of course Boston in the National League.
Says Simon of Wilko’s addition: “We rode together at Scunny in 2009 and 2011, and of course he’s a local Boston Boy like me! He can be a bit of an animal on the track – sorry, Carl! – but he’s a genuine nice guy off it.
“I was a little kid when he was starting out at Boston, and now he’s in my Big Day! It’s amazing how time flies, eh? I hope all the Boston hardcore fans will be encouraged to come and see Carl and myself race today. I remember when he beat Tai Woffinden at Lynn last season, so it should be good.”James Sarjeant rounds out the main sixteen man roster. The 23 year old has been left without a team following the shock closure of Coventry at the end of last month, and as Simon says, “He’s a good guy who’s been left on the sidelines through no fault of his own. I hope that I can do my own small bit by giving him a shop window to help to get a spot.
“He’s British, he’s still young and he deserves the opportunity”.
The meeting’s two reserves have also been confirmed as former Kent and Glasgow man Danny Ayres, who is riding for Leicester and Cradley in 2017, and Tom Perry, who is doubling up between the Tigers and Heathens.
The full field is:
Niels Kristian Iversen, Danny King, Sam Masters, Craig Cook, Brady Kurtz, Todd Kurtz, Jason Garrity, Josh Grajczonek, Ulrich Ostergaard, Kenneth Hansen, Ricky Wells, David Howe, Thomas Jorgensen, Carl Wilkinson, James Sarjeant and Simon himself. Reserves: Danny Ayres and Tom Perry.
Rambo Lambo’s Decennary starts at 2pm on Sunday, March 26th, but the gates will open at 12 noon.
King’s Lynn legends Tomas Topinka, Terry Betts and Ian Turner are the meeting’s special guests, with Simon, Tomas and British Champion Danny King (complete with national trophy) planning to be on hand inside the entrance to pose for photos and selfies with fans from 12.30 to 1.15.
Admission is: Adults £16, Concessions £13, Aged 12-18 £6, with Under 12s going FREE.
In addition to the meeting raffle and post-racing auction of the riders’ race jackets, the day will also mark the launch of a special Silver Ski Holiday raffle, which will be drawn at Peterborough on August 16th.The proud meeting sponsors are Lambert’s Transport and Warehousing.