SPEEDWAY: Patchett calls for dispute to end

This Is Wiltshire: Gary Patchett Gary Patchett

SWINDON co-promoter Gary Patchett has called on the BSPA to bring an end to the dispute between the Robins and Peterborough regarding Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor when they meet today.

The Blunsdon club want to bring the pair back following their Elite League title success last season, but the Panthers have insisted they will only sell the pair despite appearing to never seriously consider using them.

The BSPA Management Committee meet this morning to discuss the issue in Rugby, and Patchett is keen for the future of the two riders, as well as Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre, to be sorted.

“I want the management committee to make some decisions on it,” he said.

“If they don’t oblige clubs to release riders they are not using then I think we could be in the same position we are in now for at least a month or so.

“We are expecting a decision either way, and I think that will suit everyone.

“First and foremost the riders need it to be sorted, because they all have plans which need to be put in place before the start of the season and they are going to want it sorted.”

Patchett was also pleased to see Batchelor pick up the Australian title at the weekend, and is hopeful the Robins can take advantage of his increased confidence going into the start of the European season.

“It’s something he has wanted to do for a number of years, and I am very pleased he has managed to achieve it,” he said.

“He probably would have won it before had injury not got in the way, and I am sure it will give him a boost.

“You can only beat what is put in front of you, and he did that in style which is great.

“I don’t think there was ever any doubt about whether or not he was capable of doing it, and I hope he goes on to bigger and better things in 2013, hopefully with us.”

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