ZMARZLIK AMONG SIX SGP STARS IN EDWARD JANCARZ MEMORIAL MEETING

Six Speedway GP riders join a star-studded line-up as four-time world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik returns to Gorzow for the Edward Jancarz Memorial meeting on March 30.The event – returning for the first time since 2021 – is staged in honour of former world No.3 Jancarz, one of Polish speedway’s all-time greats. Stal Gorzow’s stadium is named after him, and there is also an iconic statue of the local legend in the city centre.Modern-day Gorzow legend Zmarzlik, who now races for Lublin, returns to the stage where he completed his breathtaking rise from raw rookie to Speedway GP world champion – in the season when he targets his fourth FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow victory on June 29.Zmarzlik faces off with SGP rival and former Gorzow teammates Martin Vaculik, Jack Holder and Szymon Wozniak, plus British racer Dan Bewley and Kai Huckenbeck.A host of former Speedway GP stars compete, including 2012 world champion Chris Holder, Maciej Janowski and Patryk Dudek, plus brothers Przemyslaw and Piotr Pawlicki.The line-up is completed by former FIM Speedway Under-21 world champion and Gorzow newcomer Jakub Miskowiak, Kacper Woryna, Oskar Fajfer, Wiktor Przyjemski and local protegee Oskar Paluch.

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DANISH DEAL FOR ZAGAR

Slovenian star Matej Zagar is targeting Super Final qualification after signing for Grindsted in the Danish Speedwayligaen.The former world No.5 admits he endured a difficult 2023 season but is determined to turn things around with a club that has already recruited the likes of triple Speedway GP world champion Nicki Pedersen, Kenneth Bjerre, David Bellego, Patrick Hansen and Bastian Borke for 2024.The Ljubljana-born racer told the club’s Facebook page: “Last year could have been much better but we can’t change the past. I had a rough season with some machine issues. “I'm preparing strongly for the new season, where I'll prove my worth for Grindsted. The goal is Grindsted to go to the finals and be there all the way.”It is unclear where Zagar will race in Poland, although he has signed a Warsaw contract with Lublin – a contract that does not commit him to that club, but opens the door to him signing for another team at a later stage.

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LIEBMANN HANDED PRESTIGIOUS PETER CRAVEN MEMORIAL CALL-UP

German racer Celina Liebmann takes on some of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series' biggest stars as she joins Belle Vue captain Brady Kurtz in the Peter Craven Memorial line-up on March 18.Liebmann has established herself as the sport’s top female star – a reputation enhanced by promising performances in the 2022 SGP2 series, as well as by earning a place in Workington’s Cab Direct Championship side for 2024.Now she will compete in one of Britain’s top open events alongside Speedway GP trio Fredrik Lindgren, Dan Bewley and Jason Doyle, plus SGP first reserve Max Fricke and FIM North America champion Luke Becker, with former Aussie champion Kurtz the latest addition to the field.Liebmann was part of the FIM Women’s Speedway Academy in Manchester last summer and Belle Vue boss Mark Lemon looks forward to seeing her in action against some of the sport’s top names.He said: “We’re very excited to welcome Celina to Manchester in her first competitive appearance on UK soil and I’m sure supporters will be just as excited to see her.“Women in sport is a topic that has been growing considerably over the last few years and she has practically become the face of women in speedway.“She’s proved that she has the skillset to compete with some of the top riders her age, and now she is ready to take the next step and see how she measures up against some of the world’s best.”Lemon is also pleased to add Kurtz to the line-up as he prepares for his fourth straight season in Aces colours.He added: “Brady is a world class performer, and since joining Belle Vue, he has really bought into the spirit of the club and the whole Mancunian lifestyle. “The supporters love him, and I think this year is going to be a big season form him, and I’m certain he will want to get things off to a flying start. “It wouldn’t be the first time he’s made a Peter Craven Memorial final, and the top step of the podium is well within his ability to achieve. “I’ve said it before, but this event always attracts a fantastic field and, yes, there are the favourites for the win, but you can’t rule out guys like Brady.”

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DOYLE DEFENDS PETER CRAVEN CROWN IN MANCHESTER

Former world champion Jason Doyle hopes to land a record-breaking fifth Peter Craven Memorial title in Manchester on March 18 as he warms up for Australia’s FIM Speedway of Nations title defence there in July.Doyle won a record fourth Peter Craven title last year, adding to his three straight victories in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 events at Britain’s National Speedway Stadium.He will come up against Speedway GP rivals Fredrik Lindgren and Dan Bewley, as well as triple Aussie champion Max Fricke and FIM North America champion Luke Becker as a stellar field takes shape.Doyle could be part of the Aussie team which lines up in the FIM SON in Manchester from July 9-13, bidding to retain they trophy they clinched at Danish track Vojens in 2022.Another Peter Craven title could cement his place in the Roos side and Belle Vue and Australia boss Mark Lemon is pleased to have Doyle in Manchester next month.He said: “The field for the 2024 Peter Craven Memorial is starting to come together, so it’s only natural to invite the meeting’s reigning champion.“Doyley is more than just a class act. He is a former world champion who, in the last decade, has stood atop the podium in this event more than any rider in history.“His affinity for this racetrack is no secret, and I don’t doubt he will be among the favourites for the win this year. But he will have his work cut out.“We’re now less than a month away from commencing the speedway season in Manchester and supporters can look forward to further rider announcements in the coming days.”

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