Matej Zagar claims Croatian SGP wild car

Slovenian star Matej Zagar has been handed his second FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) wild card of the year after being called-up for the FIM Nice Croatian SGP in Gorican on September 24.

Zagar, who dons the famous No.16 race jacket, appeared in the FIM Nice Italian Grand Prix in Terenzano on July 30 and reached the semi-finals with nine points.

Having failed to qualify for next season's World Championship at the GP Challenge in Vetlanda on August 20, the 28-year-old will be determined to push his case for a permanent wild card place for 2012.

Zagar spent two years as a full-time Grand Prix rider. He finished seventh in 2006 to qualify automatically for the following season's competition, but lost his spot after coming 14th in 2007.

The Gorzow rider will be joined in Gorican by track reserves Dino Kovacic and Matija Duh.

Croatian starlet Kovacic, 17, looks set to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Jurica Pavlic in carving out a career on the world stage. He has qualified for this year's World Under-21 Final, and has scored seven points in the opening two rounds.

Meanwhile, Slovenian racer Duh returns to the Croatian SGP pits, where he served as reserve last season. He took one ride when Chris Holder was excluded for exceeding the two-minute time allowance in heat 19, but failed to score.

The referee for the Gorican event will be Great Britain's Craig Ackroyd, who also took charge of the FIM European SGP at Leszno in April and the FIM Scandinavian Grand Prix at Malilla in August.