The tapes go up on a new speedway season tonight (Thursday) when Berwick Bandits race at Redcar in the first leg of the Tweed-Tees Trophy.
The return leg will be at Shielfield on Saturday, with the winners being determined on aggregate.
The Bandits, who held their annual press and practice session at the Border track at the weekend, will go into the season with a degree of optimism.
But, as always, there is a cautionary note, with director George Hepburn emphasising that much will depend on injuries during the course of the campaign. Keep up to date with Bandits news at www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk.