SWINDON ROBINS: Youngsters to get the chance to shine at Blunsdon
SWINDON promoter Gary Patchett is pleased to offer speedway’s stars of the future a helping hand as part of the Robins’ home clash with Poole Pirates on August 29.
The meeting is a repeat of last season’s Elite League final with both teams firmly in the hunt for the play-offs this year and the hotly-anticipated clash will be followed by six heats of high-quality under 16 racing.
As well as two-time world champion Greg Hancock and rising star Darcy Ward being on show for the Pirates in the main meeting, the young 125cc and 250cc starlets will include 12-year-old Swindon rider Tom Brennan who is the reigning 125cc British champion and 14-year-old Chippenham racer Callum Walker.
Junior grass track world champion Zach Wajtknecht will also be in action alongside highly rated nine-year-old Harry McGurk and Patchett believes the series of races will be a real spectacle for what is expected to be a bumper crowd.
“Through my involvement in the national league with Dudley I get to see these young lads put their foot on the first rung of the ladder, and there is an onus on every owner and promoter throughout the sport to do what they can and help with their progression,” he said.
“Some clubs are able to do it and some clubs aren’t depending on how the fixtures fall and we were intending to have the young lads down to race for our Monday meeting with King’s Lynn, but it wasn’t possible because they were riding at Wolverhampton on the same night.
“It couldn’t happen then, but we are really pleased they are able to come down now because seeing young riders take their first steps is great to watch.
“The young riders will also probably be getting their first look at a track which is a lot bigger than anything they have ridden before.”
Patchett is particularly pleased to be able to give Brennan and Walker the opportunity to ride on their local track in front of a big crowd.
“Local lads should be attached to their local clubs where possible and Tom’s brother Ben Reade has been linked to Swindon in the past and now he’s riding at number one for Stoke in the National League,” he said.
“It’s always good to have local riders and hopefully by running these races we can do out bit to help the next generation of our sport come through.”
The Robins are next in action tomorrow night when they host Belle Vue at Blunsdon, and Patchett is pleased his side will be tracking their complete 1-7 during a season full of disruption.
“It’s something we need to address in the future because there’s no point picking a team if that team’s not going to be available two weeks out of three,” said Patchett.
“We will worry about that from November onwards because there is obviously business to take care of first.”
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