The Belle Vue Colts have added a dash of the Commonwealth to their side after confirming 16-year old Connor Bailey as their new No.6 in place of long-term injury victim Paul Bowen.
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Bailey was snapped up by Championship side Glasgow last month, and will make his British Speedway debut on Monday, June 10 at the National Speedway Stadium.
He rose rapidly through the ranks in his homeland down-under, dominating the competition in both 125cc and 250cc categories and accumulating a whole host of accolades in the process.
As a British passport holder, Bailey will now take up permanent residence in the UK and is set to make his National League debut for the Cool Running Colts on Monday, June 10 against Mildenhall.
He said: “After I signed for Glasgow, I had a few National League clubs interested signing me but after Mark [Lemon] got in touch I knew it was too good an opportunity to pass up.
“The stadium is an awesome facility and Belle Vue is an amazing club. There’s been a lot of waiting around for my bikes to arrive but now they’re here I’m very keen to get started with my racing.
“My family has made a big commitment to my career by moving to the UK on a permanent basis. I can’t thank my mum and dad enough for everything they’ve done to help get me to where I am.”
Director of Speedway Mark Lemon added: “Paul’s injury is such that he will be unfit to ride for some time, which is major disappointment both for him and for us because he’s such a character.
“But we’re delighted to welcome Connor to Belle Vue. He’s an excellent prospect and a very talented individual who is dedicated to achieving his dream of becoming a professional speedway rider.
The Cool Running Colts have undergone a major re-shuffle with the release of the new averages ahead of their home clash with Mildenhall on Monday, June 10.
We bring you up to speed with all the swaps in our full meeting preview tomorrow, with advanced meeting tickets on sale now at: www.bellevue-speedway.com.