SPEEDWAY News

(SPEEDWAY 1)BJARNE Pedersen says he hopes to help Birmingham make long-term progress after agreeing a two-year deal at the Perry Barr club.Pedersen's switch to the Brummies is one of the highest-profile moves so far announced in the sport, the Dane joining on loan from Poole after being part of Eastbourne's Elite League runners-up side in 2011.Pedersen said: "I hope I can play a part in the development of the club in 2012 when we will be looking to build on what they did in 2011 in their first year in the Elite League."I'm excited by the move, I don't know too much about the Brummies but everyone I have spoken to is very positive about the club and the Perry Barr track is, in my opinion, one of the best in the country."(SPEEDWAY 2)RORY Schlein is relishing the challenge of club captaincy for the first time in his British career having been named as Belle Vue's new skipper.The Australian enjoyed his best-ever season in the sport in 2011, finishing top of the Aces' averages, and club bosses are to negotiate with Coventry over a full transfer.Schlein said: "It's a new challenge for me to be captain of a British team because I've never done that before, and I want to be the captain of the team when it moves into the new stadium."I am very excited about this new stadium and take the new Belle Vue era very seriously. Once the first brick is laid, it is going to hit home with everyone that this is going to be the best thing for British speedway for a long, long time."