ELEVEN YEARS ON THE REBELS STILL REMEMBER

Wednesday December 09, 2020
Today, Somerset Speedway takes time to reflect on the devestating events of December 9th 2009, when the club lost one of its own in a tragic car accident.

Emil Kramer had been warmly welcomed to the Oaktree Arena in the middle of the 2006 campaign, some four seasons after making his British racing debut with King's Lynn.

His maiden meeting as a Rebel came at Mildenhall on June 25th 2006 in a knockout cup fixture and set the bar with a paid thirteen retun as the Rebels booked their place in the semi-finals, eventually going on to win the trophy after seeing off Sheffield in the semi-finals and King's Lynn in the final.

In that first season, Emil scored 217 points (paid 232) from his 120 rides for an average of 7.73, and including a full maximum in the Rebels 58-34 beating of Stoke on August 25th.

His persona and on-track exploits made him a very popular and loyal member of the Somerset Speedway family for the next three seasons , adding a further 129 appearances, 597 rides, 1,205 points and 66 bonus for a career total of 8.38 as a Rebel. During that time he accomplished 293 race wins, a win rate of 40% of his rides.

Just days after his 30th birthday, Emil had signed up for a fifth season with the club but less than a fortnight later the club, and the world of speedway, were mourning his loss.

Eleven years on the love for Emil, for whom part of the Oaktree Arena entrance and terracing have been named in his honour, has not diminished and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family, especially on this, the anniversary of his passing.

R.I.P. Emil


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