World speedway champion Tai Woffinden and his Wolves side come to town to face the King’s Lynn Stars on Thursday in the Elite League.
‘Woffy’ only re-signed for Wolverhampton less than a fortnight ago, and answered a surprise birthday call from his British club, so he is on his way back to UK racing for the rest of the season.
The reigning world champion celebrated his 26th birthday by answering the phone to Chris Van Straaten, the man who took him into British Elite League racing in 2009.
He was due to make an emotional return to Monmore Green for their vital clash with Lakeside last night (Monday, August 22).
Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena is his next port of call to give a treat to fans who – apart from the British GP – rarely get a chance to see the GB Lions captain on these shores.
Woffinden remarked: “It was nice of Chris to call me and wish me happy birthday – but he then asked if I’d be interested in going back there to help their title push for the rest of the season.
“They’ve had a good season so far, I’ve still been following their results, and if I was going to ride again in Britain then it was always going to be for my parent club.
“I can’t think of anybody better to ride for – Chris and Pete Adams (Wolverhampton team boss) are my mates.
“I’ll be giving it everything, we’ve got some important meetings coming up and I’m looking forward to it.”
Adams worked alongside Woffinden for three years on the Grand Prix circuit.
Roger Warnes Transport Stars team boss Rob Lyon is busy trying to rescue a faltering play-off bid and knows that nothing less than a healthy points haul from Wolves and from tomorrow’s trip to leaders Belle Vue Aces is needed – otherwise their dream of a top four spot will be over.
He is concentrating on his own team rather than worrying about Woffinden.
Lyon is expecting a big response following last week’s 10-point home loss to Swindon, and said: “I think it’s about what your own team does, how they apply themselves – that’s what it’s about, for me.
“I didn’t really see enough of that on Thursday night to sort of sit down and say honestly: Did we give everything we had?
“I don’t think so. We just rolled over and died. To get four heat winners on your own track, it’s just not good enough.
“When was the last time you saw Niels-Kristian Iversen win one out of five races? That just about summed the meeting up.”
Lynn should be at full strength for the visit of Woffinden, Wolverhampton and company; while for the Aces the Saddlebow Road stadium side will miss their Danish No.1 Niels-Kristian Iversen. Carl Wilkinson will step into the side.
l Lynn’s Robert Lambert – absent on Newcastle duty on Thursday along with Lewis Rose – is one of 16 riders in the line-up for the Premier League Riders’ Championship at Sheffield on Sunday, September 11.