Wortmann relishing Glasgow test
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn reserve Casper Wortmann has every reason to look forward to tonight's latest Premier League test against Glasgow at the Norfolk Arena (7.45pm).Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn reserve Casper Wortmann has every reason to look forward to tonight's latest Premier League test against Glasgow at the Norfolk Arena (7.45pm).
Wortmann raced to a paid 11 return during the club's recent Premier League KO Cup success north of the border and the Dane is confident of featuring in the points again.
'I hope this meeting can be as good and I can score the same number,' he said. 'I'm really enjoying it here and I am quite confident I can score points. It didn't go so well for me last week but that was because I had a problem with both of my bikes. Apart from that I feel I have been consistent all year.
'The team spirit here is really good. They have some great people around and the other boys make you feel so welcome. I like riding the Norfolk Arena. It is different to a lot of other tracks but after a couple of laps I think you can adjust.'
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Wortmann is looking to re-ignite his British career after a disappointing Premier League stint with Newcastle.
'I was riding just six weeks at Newcastle last season and it didn't work out at all,' he said. 'I went home and decided to start afresh and get stronger this year. It was a boost when they (King's Lynn) contacted me and asked me if I wanted to ride for them. I said 'Yes,' straight away and I was so happy they wanted me.
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'You can see from the points I am scoring that I am enjoying it and I can't wait to ride each week. We are going for all the trophies and we have had some good away meetings of late and that is really important. It brings everybody closer together and we seem to be working quite good. I think we can definitely pick up some trophies.'
Glasgow have drafted in Elite League stalwart Joe Screen after a disappointing start to the new campaign. The Wolverhampton racer has also pledged his future to the Ashfield outfit for next season.
'When I was left out at Wolves my first call was to Glasgow as they had been great to me in the winter and I am a very loyal rider,' said Screen. 'Although it took a few weeks to get everything sorted, I am delighted it now is and I can get back racing again.
'I had many, many clubs on the phone, but I was always giving Glasgow first refusal so that is where I intend to race over the next couple of years at least. I hope to race until I am 40 or at least re-assess the situation then.'
Tigers' co-promoter Stewart Dickson wants Screen to help turnaround the Tigers' fortunes.
'Our form has been very poor in recent weeks with a couple of dreadful home defeats in particular dampening the enthusiasm of everyone,' he said. 'We have suffered a couple of key injuries to key riders and add that to a real loss of confidence then you can see everyone, especially our fans, are in need of something exciting to happen.'
Admission prices: Adults �13, concessions �10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.
Stars: 1 Kevin Doolan, 2 Joe Haines, 3 Kozza Smith, 4 Linus Eklof, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Darren Mallett, 7 Casper Wortmann.
Tigers: 1 Travis McGowan, 2 Lee Dicken, 3 Anders Anderson, 4 Joe Screen, 5 Josh Grajczonek, 6 Nick Morris, 7 Jamie Courtney.