BELLE Vue favourite Matej Zagar will be back in Manchester for the club’s 90th Anniversary celebrations later this month.
Zagar spent four successful seasons with the Aces in 2013-16 and although not racing regularly in the UK he will compete for the Peter Craven Memorial Trophy on Saturday March 24.
He said: “I’m looking forward to riding at the National Speedway Stadium again. I love it at Belle Vue. It’s a club I feel strongly connected to and I’m happy to have the chance to ride there again.
“I have some pretty amazing memories from my four years with the Aces and when I heard about the meeting for the 90th anniversary I knew I wanted to feature in the starting line-up.
“When I raced in the meeting last year, I had a good night but it would be nice to aim a little higher than third. It’s a competitive field and I’m a competitive guy, but more than anything I hope it’s a huge success for the club.”
GLASGOW and Edinburgh have reached an agreement over ticketing for this month’s Scottish Cup clashes which they hope will benefit both clubs.
Supporters will be able to buy tickets for both home and away legs from their own club, meaning proceeds for home and away ticket sales will be kept by each club.
The Glasgow leg takes place on Friday March 23 with the return at Edinburgh on March 30, and both clubs will offer a free coach to the away fixture for those who purchase an away ticket through their own club.
A statement said: “Both clubs are optimistic that both fixtures will be well-attended by both home and away supporters to add to the spectacle of the occasion, and providing this is the case, the clubs will look to place the Scottish Cup back on the fixture list for all future seasons.”
DANNY Phillips is delighted to have secured an SGB Championship team place with Scunthorpe for the new season.
Phillips saw his 2017 campaign ended by serious injury but his performances for Newcastle saw him become a club asset, and he will ride on loan to the Scorpions this year.
Said Phillips: “I'm really happy to be back racing in the Championship, as I was having my best season in that league before I got injured.
“I was a bit worried that I wouldn't get another chance, so I would like to thank Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey for giving me the opportunity to prove to everyone that I can continue my good form from last year.
“Riding in the National League for Coventry will be a big help, as it will give me more time on the bike which is a big bonus. When you are winning races your confidence is high and that helps a lot.”
KENT newcomer Taylor Hampshire is hoping to build on his impressive Central Park form when he lines up for the Kings this season.
16-year-old Hampshire showed plenty of progress during a stint with Birmingham in 2017, and piled-up paid-17 in a challenge match visit to his new home track last September.
He said: “I was surprised when Birmingham signed me up. They had a very impressive line up and of course a very good stadium in a major city, so there’s no doubt it was a step up for me at such an early stage in my National League career.
“I was actually skiing as a guest of our co-promoter Len Silver and his Silverski company when the news broke that I was signed up to Kent. I was inundated with messages of welcome and support from Kings’ fans – I can see what everyone says, what a great set of supporters they are.
“I’m getting in shape for the new season with regular sessions in the gym and was out on track at Iwade recently, and I’m raring to go.”
SUNDAY MARCH 18:
BEN FUND BONANZA: Peterborough 6.30
MONDAY MARCH 19:
CHARITY SHIELD 1st leg: Belle Vue v Swindon 7.30