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Arena-Essex Raceway A1306 Arterial Road Thurrock Essex RM19 1AE

Race Night Fridays: Rider parade @7.45pm, 1st race @ 8:00pm Alternative Race Night Saturdays @ 7:45pm (Occasional Monday meetings when required by Sky Sports.

Official Information Club Captain: Davey Watt Track Length: 256 metres Track Record: 56.8 seconds, Andreas Jonsson (30th May 2008)

2014 Admission Prices – Hammers Elite League matches Adult – £17 Senior Citizens, Disabled and Students – £14 Unemployed – £12 Children 17 to 18 years – £12 Children 6 to 16 years – £1 Children Under 6 years – Free Programme: tbc

24-hour Clubcall Hotline 09066 555 938 (calls cost 60p per minute)

Speedway Office 01708 863443

How to find us

CAR From the North Take to M25 south to Junction 30 and follow signs for the A1306 and Services. Go past the Services as the road follows the M25 for a 1/4 of a mile before descending to the traffic lights at the main roundabout. Take the A1306 (the first on the left) and “Arena-Essex” is signposted. You will join another roundabout where the main entrance is situated. Take the second exit and follow the slip road to the main stadium entrance. From the South Take the M25 through the Dartford tunnel and immediately upon exit follow the signpost for ‘Dagenham A1306′ and Thurrock Services at Junction 31. You will descend to a roundabout where you should follow signs for Services / A1306, continuing around the roundabout under the motorway. You will join another roundabout where the main entrance is situated. Take the second exit and follow the slip road to the main stadium entrance.

RAILWAY The nearest station to the Arena-Essex Raceway is Chafford Hundred, which is situated on the “C2C” mainline service from London Fenchurch Street. The journey time from Central London is approximately 40 minutes and the Raceway is around a 20 – 30 minute walk from the station. There is a pedestrian entrance adjacent to the Lakeside Karting centre. A taxi from Chafford Hundred railway station to the Arena-Essex Raceway should cost around £5 – £7.

LONDON UNDERGROUND The nearest underground (“tube”) station is at Upminster, which is the eastern terminus on the District Line. Journey time from Central London is around one hour.  A bus can be taken from Upminster to the Raceway area, which is a journey time of around 30 minutes. The TFL website provides times and bus details for the journey (select Upminster station to RM19 1AE). Taxi fares can range from £10-£20.


Welcome to THE extreme team sport for all the family and the high speed thrills and spills of Elite League Speedway … and the Vortex Lakeside Hammers!

The Vortex Lakeside Hammers are based just near the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, racing every Friday night from March through to October in the Elite League, the top tier of British speedway. The growth of the team over the last five years has been remarkable. Established for over 25 years, but taken into new ownership from the 2007 season, the Club progressed in 2008 to realize its first ambition of securing a place in the season-ending play-offs. Grand finalists and finishing a hugely successful joint first position in the table, the team followed that up by reaching the play-offs for the second consecutive season in 2009 also securing Knock out Cup glory. Falling just short of the play-offs in 2010, the Hammers fulfilled their minimum requirement of reaching the play-offs  in both 2011 and 2012.

The Elite league title itself is the Club’s ambition for the 2015 season. The 2013 season also saw the launch of the Hagon Shocks Speedway academy at The Raceway, running at   our recently built Junior track.  The Academy provides an opportunity for would be speedway riders to take to the track with all equipment provided, along with full guidance and tuition as they take their first steps into the sport. If you are unaware of speedway, it’s a unique action packed motorbike sport where four riders, two from each team, race around a shale track reaching speeds of up to 70mph. It’s also worth adding that the bikes, which in power to weight ratio have quicker acceleration than a F1 car, reaching 0-60mph in 3 seconds also have no brakes..!

Speedway is a fantastic family night out, where crowds of all ages mix together and unlike many other professional sports, all of the riders are accessible to fans before and after the meeting. The Hammers work very closely with our local communities, as a part of our successful Community Programme.

To learn how we help to promote and communicate a range of initiatives as well as how we could provide a memorable night out for your organisation please visit our website at www.lakesidehammers.co

We also provide a range of cost effect advertising and sponsorship solutions, both online and at every meeting, including live Sky Sports advertising opportunities. If you are a potential sponsor or advertiser, please visit our website.

2014 Calendar


FRI 30TH                   RESERVED


FRI 6TH                     BELLE VUE                                                   EL

FRI 13TH                   LEICESTER                                                   EL

FRI 20TH                   KING’S LYNN                                              EL

FRI 27TH                   RESERVED  


FRI 4TH          WOLVERHAMPTON          TBC                EL

SAT 5TH                    WOLVERHAMPTON          TBC                EL                                     


FRI 18TH                   EASTBOURNE                                             EL

FRI 25TH                   BIRMINGHAM                                            EL                                                 


FRI 1ST                       NO MEETING – SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP

FRI 8TH                     POOLE                                                           EL

FRI 15TH                   BELLE VUE                                                   EL

SAT 23RD                  COVENTRY                                                  EL

FRI 29TH                   RESERVED


FRI 5TH                     KING’S LYNN                                              EL

FRI 12TH                   RESERVED FRI 19TH                   RESERVED