Glasgow Hosts International Speedway
Written by RockSport Radio on July 12, 2018
RISING stars of world speedway arrive in Scotland this Saturday as Glasgow hosts its first official international event.
Great Britain will take on Australia, Germany and Czech Republic in the FIM Team Speedway U21 World Championship semi-final.
It’s the first time an FIM event has ever been held north of the border, and it promises to be one of the highlights of the season according to GB boss Neil Vatcher.
He said: “My selling point for these types of events is that the racing is second to none.
“They’re all young guys who are aiming for the top in the sport and not one of them gives an inch or gives up – they’re all out to impress.
“All four riders give everything in every race. I believe that this is the most exciting part of our sport at this level.”
Vatcher’s side is led by 19-year-old Dan Bewley – one of the sport’s hottest talents and British Final silver medallist.
The former Tiger is joined by captain Ellis Perks, new Glasgow signing Nathan Greaves, Zach Wajtknecht and reserve Connor Mountain.
Vatcher says he can’t wait to bring his team to one of the country’s premier speedway venues and hopes the home backing can help them through to the final.
He said: “The first time I was in Glasgow after the Facennas took charge was three years ago and I thought, ‘Oh my God’ – I was blown away with the place.
“I remember saying then that it was a great venue and that it would deserve to host an FIM event.
“Three years on, I’m delighted that Glasgow have been given this meeting. I know that the riders are looking forward to Saturday and coming to what is now a great stadium and a great racetrack.
“The aim at this stage is to make the final, of course. With only the winners guaranteed to go through it’s going to be a real tough event.
“We’re fortunate to have a good pool of riders. With Ellis Perks coming back to the country just before I selected the five, that’s a bonus for us and he’ll do a good job.
“We’ve got Connor Mountain at reserve, who’s having the season of his life, and if any of the boys are struggling we can always stick Connor in.
“Dan will be leading the way – he’s in fantastic form – and Nathan keeps telling me Glasgow is his favourite track and that was before he signed for them, while Zach is a real talent.
“We hope to make our second consecutive final. I believe we are one of the top nations and we need to be making finals every year, that’s the aim.”
The winners from this event and the other semi-final in Latvia, plus the best runner-up, will join hosts Denmark for the final next month. Tapes up is at 7pm.