ALUN Rossiter sees huge potential in Ellis Perks and Claus Vissing, and has backed the reserve pairing to have a huge say on Swindon Robins’ SGB Premiership title challenge.

Combined, Perks and Vissing contributed 15+1 from 10 rides on Monday night as Rossiter’s Robins downed Ipswich Witches 66-24 at the Abbey Stadium – Swindon’s biggest victory in 12 years.

Monday’s win marked only the third time this season that the Robins have yielded a double-figure points return from their numbers six and seven – the other two occasions happened in home wins against King’s Lynn and Wolverhampton.

The experienced Vissing in particular stood out as one to watch in the season’s closing meetings, with the Dane registering 10+1 – including two heat wins – from his five rides.

In an attempt to source more speed, Vissing has this week taken his main engine back to Denmark for tuning ahead of tonight’s visit of Peterborough Panthers in the Premiership.

Team manager Rossiter meanwhile is being kept busy by searching for a sponsor to support Perks’ quest to purchase improved equipment.

“Claus (Vissing) is still working on his speed,” said Rossiter.

“He’s going to take his engine back to Denmark and try something a bit different.

“Tracks in the Premiership have a lot more dirt on them compared to the Championship.

“With his height and size, Claus is a big lad. And on tracks in Premiership where there is plenty of dirt, the bikes are struggling.

“He’s got to keep going and work on it. The nice thing is that Claus does listen.

“And if I can get a sponsor for Ellis Perks too so he can get some decent equipment, I’d love to see what damage he could do for us if we reach the play-offs.”

Peterborough arrive at the Abbey Stadium in woeful form.

In fact, the last time Carl Johnson’s side tasted victory was indeed against Swindon at the East of England Arena way back in June.

Three defeats at home and six losses on the road have since crushed any hopes the Cambridgeshire side had of reaching the end-of-season play-offs.

Despite their record, Rossiter insists tonight’s visitors cannot be taken lightly.

He added: “I must admit I didn’t expect Monday’s result (against Ipswich) – but full credit to the team.

“You can say Ipswich were poor, but I have to say we were good.

“We’ve got to keep going and not worry where we are.

“We’re away from fourth place now, we’re closer to the top. We’ll see how things pan out – there are still a lot of races to complete yet.”