Polish youngster Bartosz Zmarzlik has been handed the wild card for the FIM Gorzow Speedway Grand Prix of Poland at the Edward Jancarz Stadium on June 23.
The 17-year-old dons the famous No.16 race jacket and makes his World Championship debut in the meeting.
Zmarzlik has made a huge impact at reserve for Gorzow in the Polish Ekstraliga, where he has given the club a real sting in the tail with some high scores and victories over some of the sport’s biggest names.
The Szczecin-born man finished eighth in last season’s FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship and will be keen to test himself against the best in speedway’s senior series.
Zmarzlik is joined in the meeting by track reserves, brothers Piotr and Przemyslaw Pawlicki, who wear No.17 and No.18 respectively.
Polish Under-21 champion Piotr served as a reserve at the FIM Fogo European SGP in Leszno on April 28, while Przemyslaw rode as the wild card, winning his opening two heats and finishing on seven points.
Swedish referee Krister Gardell takes charge of the Gorzow event.