HISTORIC on-track success that saw both major SGB Premiership honours won by Swindon Robins has inspired a surge in 2020 season ticket sales, the Adver can confirm.

With less than six weeks remaining until tapes rise on Robins’ latest Premiership campaign, co-promoter Lee Kilby confirmed sales for season tickets are up year-on-year.

It follows the club’s remarkable Premiership and Supporters’ Cup double from autumn last year - and five of Robins’ seven trophy-winning riders will return to race for the club this term, including 2017 world champion Jason Doyle and fans’ favourite Rasmus Jensen.

The above has attracted a new batch of Robins fans to commit £250 towards a 2020 season ticket.

And passionate Kilby, son of legendary racer Bob, couldn’t be happier concerning the club’s off-track progression given he and Rossiter plan to one day take over from current chairman Terry Russell.

Kilby said: “A lot of new season ticket sales have come in.

“I think the track’s change in shape encouraged a lot of people to come back and have a look last season.

“Because the racing was much better, it’s encouraged fans to take up a season ticket – which is brilliant.

“It’s the impact we wanted and hoped the new track would have.

“With the team doing well, it snowballs things too. Swindon Robins is a great club to follow, and the fact we have five of last year’s seven back has established that continuity we know supporters love.

“People want to be a part of the club, and I can’t ask for more than that.”

New to this season is the club’s idea to offer fans the chance to spread the cost of a season ticket over eight months, at no extra cost.

Supporters can sign up to pay a monthly fee of £31.25 from this month, or after, until September.

Kilby claims the cost-effective strategy has already proven popular, and he has ideas to expand the idea more in future seasons.

He added: “We know if a couple of re-arranged meetings are added to already arranged fixtures in the middle of summer, it can be costly for some people and their families.

“We discussed the idea of paying in instalments, and fans have received it well. I want us to develop the idea so it’s more inclusive in the future.

“We need to have the vast majority of season ticket holders supporting that scheme rather than the pay up front scheme.”

Meanwhile, the club hopes to later this week be in a position to confirm if its proposed two-legged challenge series against defending Polish Ekstraliga champions Leszno will take place or not.

It is hoped that Leszno, spearheaded by Grand Prix giants past and present Emil Sayfutdinov, Jaroslaw Hampel and Janusz Kolodziej, will visit the Abbey on Wednesday, March 18, with the second leg taking place later that month.

Negotiations between both clubs are still ongoing.