Sheffield speedway: Zach is back

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Rookie racer Zach Wajtknecht gets another chance on the big stage when Sheffield face Redcar tonight at Owlerton (7.30).

The Bristol-born rider replaces Arthur Sissis in Tigers’ line-up for the last home league meeting ahead of the play-offs.

Wajtknecht has been a revelation with Birmingham in the third tier and is one of the reasons why the Brummies are on the verge of the National League title.

He’s caught the eye of Tigers chiefs and is delighted to get the call for the second successive week after notching 2+1 on his Premier League debut last week in the win over Edinburgh. He said: “I enjoyed my Premier League debut; it was great to pick up a paid win in my first ever race in that league and I’ll certainly remember that one! With the way their team has been going, I expected their other reserve (Josh Bates) to take one of my rides because after all, he’s been there all season long.

“My other races were tougher as they kept swapping me around, but it was a night of learning and they won as a team which is the most important thing. I love the Sheffield track.”

Aussie ace Brady Kurtz makes another guest appearance for injured Sheffield skipper Simon Stead at No.1 tonight and Jason Garrity is set to return after getting the all-clear on his back after his MRI scan this week.

Former Sheffield man Ricky Wells, who carried the team through troubled times, steps in for Lasse Bjerre in the Redcar side.

SHEFFIELD: Brady Kurtz, Paco Castagna, David Bellego, Nicolai Klindt, Jason Garrity, Zach Wajtknecht, Josh Bates.

REDCAR: Ricky Wells, Jonas Andersen, Matej Kus, Dimitri Berge, Stuart Robson R/R, Adam Roynon, Jan Gravesen.

*Sheffield last night confirmed new signing Robin Aspgren and the return of Andre Compton in time for Monday’s trip to Scunthorpe.

The duo replace Simon Stead and Arthur Sissis who are out for the season. Paco Castagna goes to reserve and Jason Garrity takes over at No.1.