The signing every Wildcats supporter has been waiting for confirmation of finally came through with last years Wildcats skipper Justin Elkins putting pen to paper. Justin comes into the South Coast side on loan from parent club Poole which gives the Wildcats a strong top five when all cylinders are firing.

Weymouth Speedway boss Brian White commented "Justin has a very important part to play in the team this season, with the investment he has made during the winter I am hoping he will do the business on track for the team and our supporters. This season he has some good solid back up in the team, some silverware is our aim with Justin leading the way."

After a winter working hard Justin commented "At the end of last season I didn't have a job, whilst I had this time on my hands I prepared three complete Jawa's ready for this season. After riding for Brian last year with the Wildcats re-introduction the only team I wanted to race for this season was going to be Weymouth. I can't wait for the season to start and will try out my bikes again a couple of weeks prior to press and practice."

Reflecting on the fast approaching season "Weymouth is great for me being local, also a Friday night race night all fit in well with work, I get on very well with Brian and his family and love riding the Wessex Stadium track. I would like to thank two new sponsors in the Weymouth area who are Portland Stone and Bedroom Ideas who have come on board this year to help out."

Weymouth now have six of their seven riders signed "The team looks strong and I get on well with the other riders which is important for the team to gel together from the off. Hopefully I will have an injury free season and no more problems so that I can score as many points as possible for the team and the Weymouth supporters" added Justin.

With the Wildcats rider of the year now signed up on a years loan from Poole after Swindons new boss Alun Rossiter made enquiries, Justin though insisting there was only one place that interested him for the new season.

Next on Brian White's shopping list was Nathan Irwin who comes into the Wildcats team at reserve, "I've always wanted to do speedway for 4 or 5 years. I joined the Peterborough team the same time I started my first year at college after I finishing school. I found that I was under a lot of pressure so I stopped early in May 2000. The financial side of speedway which is very expensive to compete at the right level to give you the confidence you need was too much at that stage."

Nathan continued "I had to work part time on a night shift after college as well which allowed me enough time and money to carry on with grasstrack at weekends. I only rode about 6-10 meetings between May 2000 and June 2003. When I finished college and started working all I wanted to do was get back on my speedway bike. I even considered getting a serious full time job so that I could try it for a season to see if I can move up a level with my racing, That is my main aim this year, as well as winning races, scoring points, increasing my average for the Wildcats and also building up my confidence."

Nathan rode in several meetings last season for Weymouth ending the season with a trophy after scooping the 'Team rider of the year' award. When he has finished putting the finishing touches to his bikes and the weather improves Nathan will be down having a practice for the first time this winter at the Wessex Stadium. "It only took me around four days to agree to sign for Weymouth after also considering an offer from Wimbledon" Nathan admitted that "Weymouth is the place for me especially with the strong team Brian has assembled, the advice and help that can be passed on from the more experienced riders and the fact that Brian gave me a chance last year to show what I am capable of. I want to repay his faith by scoring as many points as I can and also win the league with the Wildcats."

 

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