Joe and Ben Hopwood in actionSeptember 27: Home National Trophy meeting against the Isle of Wight Islanders - scored 6+1 and we won 57-37. Bad news following my fall in the second half racing - I have fractured my left thumb so probably the end of my season...

September 25: Took part in the British U18 Championship at Scunthorpe. Before the meeting I was aiming to finish in the top ten and would have been pleased to score five points. In my first heat I came second behind Jerran Hart so was off to a good start. Did a few adjustments but made a mistake in the first corner in my second heat and finished last but still felt on the pace. A few more bike changes and I fired out of the gate in my third heat to take a good win! I then finished 2nd behind Kyle Newman and felt that I was up with him for the whole race. In my last heat the bike was too grippy so only managed a third. Overall I was very pleased to score 8 points and finish seventh on the night - we learned a lot and will look to be up there on the rostrum next year!!

September 20: Home National Trophy meeting against Weymouth - scored 6 and we beat them 51-39. After my first ride I was left frustrated and annoyed with only 3rd place after beating Luke Priest my own team mate. I just never attacked the track enough so I put it right in my second ride by getting a race win. Afer that the night went ok with two other thirds but we will keep on learning and I was very glad the team won.

September 7: I am very pleased to announce that I have signed a contract with the Ipswich Witches. I have been riding there both before and after their Elite League meetings for the last two years and have received a lot of help and guidance from Jeremy Doncaster and Chris Louis during that time.