A SWINDON Robins Select side will race Poole Pirates during a gap in the Dorset outfit's Championship fixture list on Wednesday, May 10.

The two clubs were fierce rivals and contested several hard-fought encounters over the years in the Elite League, but the Robins – who will be managed by Alun Rossiter – have not raced since the 2019 season when they lifted the top-flight title.

Swindon are set to race local rivals Oxford Cheetahs on Wednesday, April 19 after the first attempt to run the one-off meeting late last month was postponed due to a waterlogged track at Sandy Lane.

Pirates promoter Dan Ford said: “We all know how disappointing it is to lose clubs, and while Swindon are presently without a base we felt that we couldn't turn down the opportunity to help keep the Swindon name in the limelight.

"Especially given that over the years there have been many exciting clashes between Poole sides and our Wiltshire neighbours, so we are delighted to be able to slot in this challenge meeting.

"I am sure that Rosco will be keen to assemble a strong Swindon side, just as he had planned on Wednesday night when the Robins were due to race at Oxford, and the extra track time will only serve a good purpose for our boys.

“We have a lull in our fixtures in early May, so opening up one of the dates for this meeting means that we can provide some speedway racing for our fans.”

In a statement announcing the fixture, Poole said: "Further details around the meeting will be made available in due course, but fans are urged to make a note in their diaries for this fixture addition."