TEENAGER Zach Wajtknecht admits the only thing which keeps him happy at the moment is scoring points.
The Swindon Robin has endured a tough start to life at the Abbey Stadium after a promising initial meeting. In Swindon’s first fixture of the season away to Leicester Lions in the SGB Premiership, Wajtknecht picked up a heat win and tallied 4+1 points.
However, two back-to-back no sho-scores against Rye House Rockets in the Knockout Cup meant he still had a lot to prove.
Wajtknecht responded well as he was back among the points in Swindon’s 45-45 draw with Poole Pirates on Easter Monday, much to his relief.
“I was glad to get some points on the board because I had struggled in the previous two meetings, Rye House was a bit of a shame,” said the 19-year-old, who record a 3+1 against the Pirates.
“I didn’t really get on well with that track (at Rye House) but I am always hunting for more points.
“To get a (heat) win at Leicester was a bit of a shock, it definitely boosted my confidence. I went to Rye House last year and I didn’t have a very good one so that is something I need to work on.
“It’s all a bit of a learning curve. In the last two weeks, I have struggled a little bit but I knew I had speed.
“As the rain got worse on Monday, my heats were over. When the crowd is big like that, it is another buzz. A few of my family came up, so it was good.”
Tonight the youngster will return to Somerset Rebels’ Oaktree Arena with the Robins, a track where Wajtknecht will have plenty of experience as he spent last season racing there.
“Obviously my season got cut a bit short last year because of injury but I did do a lot of laps there, I’ll be ready for that one,” he said.
“My bikes are better than last year so hopefully they’ll go well around there.
“They have a solid team throughout so to go there and get some points will be a good thing.” The Bristolian also rides for Lakeside Hammers in the National League and he firmly believes more track time can only be a good thing for him and his progression as a rider.
He said: “I am racing more and as long as I keep getting some points, I will be happy.”