The ‘Carpets 4 Less’ Swindon Robins return to action at The Blunsdon Abbey Stadium on Thursday night when they take on King’s Lynn in the SGB Premiership, writes Nick Taylor.
It’s been a while since the side last appeared together on the track, back on Monday 1st May in fact, recording a memorable 47-45 away win at Poole and team boss Alun Rossiter is understandably keen to continue the team’s forward momentum despite the enforced break.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Rossiter said; “King’s Lynn have a talented side, so you certainly can’t write them off.
“They’ve got riders capable of beating anyone and putting in big scores, so we’ll need to be at our best.
“We’ve had two really good away wins since our last home meeting, so we’ll be back on our own patch high on confidence.
“But we can’t take our foot off the gas, and we need another good performance to get three more points on the board.”
With Grand Prix star Chris Holder now riding at number one for the Stars this season, the visitors carry a potent threat.
Throw into the mix former Robins rider Troy Batchelor, who on his day can be unstoppable at Blunsdon, plus recently crowned British U21 winner Robert Lambert and the task ahead for the Robins looks a tough one.
However, despite the lack of recent fixtures for the Swindon side, Nick Morris, David Bellego & Bradley Wilson-Dean have all been in good form for their other sides racking up the points in recent days, whilst young reserve Zach Wajtknecht claimed the GB U21’s grasstrack title at the weekend.
Skipper Jason Doyle arrives having achieved another podium finish, a third place in Saturday’s Warsaw Speedway Grand Prix and now sits in second place overall in the standings after two events, five points behind early leader Freddie Lindgren.
Thursday night’s meeting heralds the debut in the Robins kevlars for Austrian rider Dany Gappmaier, who has been brought in by Alun Rossiter to replace Emil Grondal.
Gappmaier currently also rides for SGB Championship side Berwick Bandits, who recently signed Nick Morris as their number one.
After a period of inactivity the Robins now face three meetings in five days, with tough away fixtures at Belle Vue (Friday) and league leaders Wolverhampton (Monday).
SWINDON: J. Doyle, B. Wilson-Dean, A. Ellis, D. Bellego, N. Morris, D. Gappmaier, Z. Wajtknecht.
KING’S LYNN: C. Holder, L. Rose, N. Porsing, T. Batchelor, R. Lambert, K. Huckenbeck, J. Bailey.