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Batchelor added to ELRC bill
SWINDON star Troy Batchelor has been handed a call-up to Saturday’s Elite League Riders Championship at the Abbey Stadium.
Batchelor missed out on an original place in the line-up as his Robins team-mates Hans Andersen and Peter Kildemand were just ahead of him in the club’s October averages, but his 8.21 figure would make him a number one at several other clubs and he now becomes the third Swindon man in the field.
Former winner Rory Schlein is also now included, with the Australian who won the title in dramatic fashion in 2011, taking the place of injured world champion Tai Woffinden.
The King’s Lynn man joins team-mate and world number three Niels-Kristian Iversen in a field which now also includes Great Britain captain Chris Harris and Robins asset Grzegorz Zengota.
Harris has three British titles to his name but has never won the ELRC and will be looking to sign off his first season with Birmingham in style – whilst Zengota has been a bright spot in a tough Elite League campaign for Coventry.
Woffinden is to have surgery on his collarbone injury this week, ruling him out of the meeting and fellow British rider Danny King has been granted absence for family reasons.
American ace Greg Hancock is unable to compete due to a prior commitment and has sent his apologies, whilst Matej Zagar picked up a knee injury in a crash at Eastbourne on Saturday.
SpeedwayGB Events Co-ordinator David Hoggart said: “We are very pleased with the quality of replacements and what’s also pleasing is how keen they were to do the meeting.
“Rory’s victory in the Final a couple of years ago was one of the big highlights of this event’s recent history, and we all know what Chris can do on his day.
“Bringing in Troy will be good news for the home supporters and there’s no doubt he has the class to do well, and Greg (Zengota) has also been really keen to race on his old home track, so it still promises to be an excellent meeting and we look forward to seeing everyone at Swindon on Saturday.”
ELRC REVISED LINE-UP: Chris Harris (Birmingham), Rory Schlein (King’s Lynn), Scott Nicholls (Coventry), Craig Cook (Belle Vue), Troy Batchelor (Swindon), Krzysztof Buczkowski (Peterborough), Fredrik Lindgren (Wolverhampton), Hans Andersen (Swindon), Kenneth Bjerre (Peterborough), Bjarne Pedersen (Eastbourne), Davey Watt (Lakeside), Jason Doyle (Birmingham), Darcy Ward (Poole), Niels-Kristian Iversen (King’s Lynn), Grzegorz Zengota (Coventry), Peter Kildemand (Swindon).
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