Another great photo
Taken from the Cradley Heath Speedway Database - includes ALL matches
National Shield winner 2011,
2014 (Dudley / Cradley)
|The last piece of the
Dudley Heathens jigsaw for 2010
signed in February 2010 with 3.00 point average to join James Sarjeant
at reserve, at 17 years old.
Tom began racing at 6 years old on the grass, he enjoyed many club victories in grasstrack events with his best when he was crowned British 125cc Youth Champion in 2006. He really came into his own in 2009 with second place in the British Championship Finals 250cc and third place 350cc. He also claimed fourth position in the British under 21 Championship and at 16 years old became the youngest ever rider to compete in the 500cc British Masters Championship having already won the qualifier, and he went on to finish fifth in the Final at St Agnes Cornwall on 20th September.
Despite his lack of experience on shale, Perry began the season strongly, notching 6+3 points in the Heathens’ historic opening meeting against the USA Dream Team at Birmingham’s Perry Barr Stadium on 7 April. He then performed even better in the side’s first league match, tallying an excellent 10+3 points versus Buxton the following week at Monmore Green Stadium on 13 April.
In June he won the British Under-21 Grass-track Championship.
Last match of the season Tom crashed in his first ride at Buxton in the Play-Off semi-final and fractured his wrist.
He deserved the presentation of the Ivor Hughes Trophy at Cradley Heath Liberal Club in October for Rider of the Year.
A remarkable season for a newcomer at speedway with his best scores of 13 at Plymouth in June and against Weymouth in September at Perry Barr.
In February 2011 he signed for another season and also pledged his future to the Heathens by signing a full professional contract with the club with former Heathens Anthony Boyd and Mark Robinson coming to the rescue with transport arrangements. His average was again just under 7 points but was quickly getting a reputation for being a racer, regularly coming from the back to score his points. He had a nasty crash at Belle Vue in July, he was taken to hospital for X-rays but fortunately was able to travel back to the Midlands later.
2012 was Tom's best year so far he upped his average to 9.86 for all matches with some remarkable scores with a particularly good run starting on 17th June with 13+1 from 5 riders at Buxton - 14+1 paid max against Buxton at Monmore Green, 21st July 14 from 6 rides at Stoke, 14 from 5 rides on 24th July against Isle of Wight and on 7th August 15+1 from 6 rides at Stoke.
Unfortunately for Tom, a victim of his
own success had too high an average to fit into the Heathens side in
2013 and was loaned to Isle of Wight for the year.