Lee Richardson will join his Coventry Bees buddies Billy Hamill and Andreas Jonsson in this Saturday's European Grand Prix at Chorzow in Poland.

Richardson, who has bagged paid 77 points in Coventry's last five meetings, has won a call up as a wild-card after securing his place in next year's Grand Prix series by winning the recent World Championship Qualifying final in Poland.

Richardson, who reached the semi-finals of this year's British Grand Prix at Cardiff as a wild-card entry, said: "I had to do something this season after my illness in the last two years, and I feel I have stepped up another gear.

"The pressure was on me to get into the Grand Prix and now I have done that, it is as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was determined to get into the Grand Prix and I am looking forward to next year, added Richardson. "I was a little bit surprised to get the telephone call offering me the wild-card at this weekend's Grand Prix in Poland, but I couldn't turn it down. It's another great chance for me."

The top 10 finishers in this year's series automatically re-qualify for next season, and Hamill starts Saturday in 10th place on 62 points. Jonsson is 12th on 50 points.