The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars were hit with the news that Jason Doyle will not be available for the Polish challenge meeting next week, after he was recalled by parent club Swindon.
The Robins are racing against Premier League side Somerset on the same night and although the Stars were given clearance to use the Aussie GP star, Swindon have backtracked due to pressure.
King’s Lynn owner Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman said: “I checked with the Swindon management on Wednesday and made sure that Jason was available for the meeting. I get a phone call from Alun Rossiter this afternoon to say that he now can’t ride. I guess they are getting pressure from their fans.”
The Stars had initially added Doyle as they sought to bolster their side against iconic Polish speedway team WTS Sparta Wroclaw in the International Pre-Season Cup on Friday, March 18 at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Along with the seven members of the Stars team, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Robert Lambert, Rory Schlein, Mads Korneliussen, Kai Huckenbeck, Carl Wilkinson and Lewis Rose, Chapman had booked ace Doyle to add strength.
Instead Great Britain international Scott Nicholls will come into the team as an addition, with a different format being used against Wroclaw.
Belle Vue racer Nicholls will join the Stars side to form an eight-man team.
Chapman said: “Scotty was quick to agree to ride for us and I am pleased we can use him.
“Our thanks go to Belle Vue for their help in arranging it out so quickly. He has plenty of experience around our track and the supporters will enjoy watching him.”
Each team will have eight riders with everyone getting a chance to fight for their team. Raced over 16 heats, the battle between the two teams is expected to be a hotly contested one with experienced internationals and young rising stars up against each other throughout.
WTS Sparta Wroclaw will send over a strong side with current World Champion Tai Woffinden and Grand Prix star Maciej Janowski leading their team.
Both will offer a test to the Stars top-end and that will produce some close action with early season bragging rights up for grabs.
A ten-man squad will travel to the UK for the challenge meeting. Sparta bosses will have to narrow that down to eight riders after a private practice session on Thursday. Their team includes Vaclav Milik, Nick Morris, Szymon Woźniak, Adrian Gała, along with Maksym Drabik, Damian Dróżdż and Przemysław Liszka.
An excited Chapman said: “This meeting will kick off our season, and what a meeting it is to start with.
“The riders included from both teams are fantastic and I am predicting a very good, close meeting. Of course we want to win.
“I think we are solid all the way through.
“By using an eight man format, each of our team gets a ride and that is important at this stage in the season.”
l Following a request by broadcaster Sky Sports, the King’s Lynn Stars will now face Coventry at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday, April 4.
Originally the fixture was due to take place on April 7, but was moved to April 6 to accommodate broadcasters Sky Sports, who have since requested the meeting was brought forward even further.
Despite the fixture change, the Stars will go into the meeting at full strength with all seven members available.
l Highly-rated King’s Lynn Young Stars teenage rider Josh Bailey won the winter series at Scunthorpe on Sunday.