Carl Wilkinson

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Carl Wilkinson
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth    Boston, England
Current club information
British league Redcar Bears
Career history
Peterborough Pumas
King's Lynn Stars
Boston Barracudas
Newcastle Diamonds
Glasgow Tigers
Newport Wasps
Berwick Bandits
Ipswich Witches
Wolverhampton Wolves
Scunthorpe Scorpions
Redcar Bears
1997
1999
2000-2001, 2005
2000, 2007
2000
2002-2006
2005
2005-2006, 2008-2010
2007
2008-2011
2012-
Individual honours
None
Team honours
Conference League Champion
Conference KO Cup Winner
1997
2000

Carl Adam Wilkinson (born 16 May 1981, in Boston, England),[1] is a speedway rider in the United Kingdom, riding with the Redcar Bears in the Premier League.[2]

Career[edit]

Wilkinson has ridden for Great Britain at under-21 level. He won the Conference League with the Peterborough Pumas in 1997 and the Conference League KO Cup with the Boston Barracudas in 2000.[3]

Wilkinson started his career with the Peterborough Panthers in the Conference League in 1997 a week before his sixteenth birthday. It took another two seasons before he was awarded a regular Conference League ride when he was signed by his local club, the Boston Barracudas in 2000. That same season he made his Premier League debut, riding as a guest for the Newcastle Diamonds.

He was retained by Boston for 2001, but 2002 saw him signed up by the Newport Wasps for their Premier League team, where he recorded a 4.35 average in his first season. He improved that figure to 4.95 in 2003. He recorded a 4.82 average in 2004 but was forced out of their line-up in 2005 due to the points limit.

Wilkinson was not offered a team place with a Premier League club in 2005 so he rejoined the Barracudas in the Conference League. His form did not go unnoticed by the Berwick Bandits and in June was signed up to ride for the rest of the season. He also made his top flight debut as a guest for the Ipswich Witches in the Craven Shield.

The 2006 season saw Wilkinson return his parent club Newport and he finished second of their team averages on 6.99. He was snapped up by the Newcastle Diamonds in 2007 and finished the season with an average of 6.32. He also made nine appearances for the Wolverhampton Wolves, recording an Elite League average of just over three.

The Scunthorpe Scorpions signed Wilkinson on a full transfer from Newport for their maiden Premier League season in 2008 and he stayed until 2011. In 2009 he shared a reserve berth in the Elite League for the Ipswich Witches. Since 2012 he has been with Redcar Bears in the Premier League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2005). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-30-1
  2. ^ Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3. 
  3. ^ Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0.