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SWINDON have unveiled Polish star Grzegorz Zengota as the latest name on their teamsheet for the 2015 campaign.The talented 26-year-old will return to the Abbey after a four-year absence, coming into the Robins’ side on the 6.15 average he attained with Coventry in 2013.Manager Alun Rossiter said: “Greg had a fantastic season in Poland and Sweden last year, and he’s a very good rider.“He's our asset and has two years of experience with us from a few years back. After seeing how he did last year on the continent I think he can really kick on this year, so we are delighted to have him in our side.”

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SPEEDWAY fans are being given the chance to gets their hands on some real racing memorabilia as fund-raising for stricken star Ricky Ashworth gathers pace.The popular rider who spent ten years with Sheffield Tigers was seriously injured in a track crash while racing for Berwick Bandits at Scunthorpe 18 months ago and spent 91 days in a coma.He won his fight for life — but now needs round-the-clock care at his parents’ home in Salford.And as supporters rally round to make his life more comfortable, one of Ricky’s bikes is being put up for auction.Ian Hunter, from club sponsors Sheffield Window Centre, has had the bike on display at his city offices for several years but will be happy to see it sold on to raise vital funds.It goes live on ebay on Wednesday night (Jan 14) and Ian says he’s sure the full-spec bike will go to a good home. “We want to build a specially adapted annex with a wet room at Ricky’s home, which will give him the independent living space he needs,” said Ian.“The bike was built by Ricky a few years ago, the engine is only lacking a few parts and it has been in my showroom window for a few years. “It will be a terrific collector’s item and, of course, it’s all going to a very worthy cause. If anyone's ever wanted to own a speedway bike, then this is the chance.”The bike will be sold on the account of Ian's fellow Benefit Committee member Julie Reading and it will hopefully raise a four-figure sum as fans throughout the country rally to the cause..Meanwhile plans for Ricky’s Big Day, the plum benefit meeting at Sheffield on March 22, are gathering pace and some star riders have already said they want to be involved - with Grand Prix star Chris Harris the first to be inked in.

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REDCAR reserve Rafal Konopka believes his experience gained in 2014 will help him as he returns to the South Tees Motorsports Park this year.Konopka joined the Bears partway through last season and is currently working to earn money for equipment ahead of the start of the new campaign.He said: “I am very happy that I can race in the Redcar team, and want to thank everyone who helped me! I did not have any problems in signing, and want to repay everyone at Redcar for giving me a chance. “Last season, I feel I had a lot of people helping me and the support of the fans was awesome. It was my first season, and I learnt a lot. Even after every heat I was learning and becoming wiser. Now I know what I need to be doing to score well in 2015.”

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MILDENHALL will open their 40th Anniversary season with the return of the Palmer Trophy - which last ran at West Row in 1981.The event will take place on Sunday March 29 featuring a strong National League field, with a 24-heat programme to also incorporate the Bernie Klatt Memorial Trophy.Promoter Kevin Jolly said: “I am so pleased that Derek and his son Greg Palmer have stepped forward as Main Sponsors for this meeting to open our 40th Anniversary season. The Palmer family name is synonymous with the early days of Mildenhall Speedway and both Robert (Henry) and I remember Derek well from our riding days with Mildenhall.“We hope to make it a day to remember on and off the track and are actively seeking out ex-Fen Tigers to invite to the event. We will be releasing further information and sponsorship opportunities over the next few weeks and hopefully I can give supporters an update on Saturday January 24 at our Meet the Riders evening.”


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