SPEEDWAY News

(SPEEDWAY 1)NEW Birmingham signing Bjarne Pedersen will make his first Perry Barr appearance of the season on Sunday, March 11.Pedersen will ride in the Ben Fund Bonanza, a meeting which raises vital funds for the Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund, and is joined by fellow Dane and Grand Prix competitor Kenneth Bjerre in a meeting which is sure to attract a bumper crowd.Pedersen said: "It's a great thing to be part of, it benefits the riders who get injured. Luckily enough I have never had to use the Fund but it is a great thing and an easy one to say yes to riding in."Of course even better for me is that it is at Birmingham. I only rode there once last year so it will be my second meeting there and I will probably need it! It is shaped a little bit like Poole so that might help with my setup."(SPEEDWAY 2)GREG Hancock, who pulled off one of the most remarkable World Championship wins last year, will ride in Shane Parker's farewell meeting at Sheffield on Sunday, March 18.The hugely popular Californian hasn't raced in the Elite League since 2007 as he restricts his calendar to the Swedish and Polish Leagues and the Grand Prix series."I'm over the moon getting Greg to agree," said Parker. "I think he started over here around the same time I started (they were just one year apart, Greg 1989, Shane 1990), and the year he had last year at this stage of his career was phenomenal."To be able to say he's coming to do my farewell, well, I'm honoured to have him in my meeting."(SPEEDWAY 3)HANS Andersen has been appointed skipper of Swindon Robins for the new Elite League season.The Danish Grand Prix star takes over from Simon Stead who will be free to concentrate on his own racing within the Robins team.Boss Alun Rossiter said: "Hans was delighted when I asked him, he sees it as a massive honour to be handed the captaincy in his first season with the club."Simon is a vital member of the team and he was skipper last season when the team was struggling. That can't have been easy for him and without the captaincy on his shoulders I believe he will flourish once again."