Rossiter hoping fans will come out and back GB

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Alun Rossiter makes his competitive debut as Great Britain manager later this month Alun Rossiter makes his competitive debut as Great Britain manager later this month

GREAT Britain boss Alun Rossiter is hopeful a partisan, weekend, crowd can help his side make progress in the World Cup later this month.

The Swindon team manager was appointed national boss in the winter, succeeding Poole boss Neil Middleditch, and named his first squad on Thursday.

World champion Tai Woffinden and Grand Prix regular Chris Harris lead the way, with Danny King, Craig Cook, Simon Stead, Richie Worrall, Ben Barker, Lewis Bridger, Richard Lawson and Lewis Kerr backing them up.

Rossiter still has to select his quartet for the opening round against Australia, USA and a qualifier on July 26 at King’s Lynn, but is pleased the meeting will be held on a Saturday rather than in its usual Monday slot.

He said: “The meeting taking place on a Saturday is a massive bonus for the Great Britain boys, and whoever made that decision is a genius in my eyes.

“More people will come with it not being a weeknight, I think it will be a sell-out and it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere for our team to race in, with all of those people cheering them on.

“It will be a tough meeting, but with the British following behind us I think it can really raise the boys to take it up another level.

“I want speedway fans all over the country to be right behind the team, and be positive. I’ll be doing my bit with the riders and it’s down to the fans to come and support us.

“I’ve gone with the squad which I genuinely believe is right, I know there are calls for some others whose time will definitely come in the future, and there’s only so many riders you can pick.

“Hopefully there will be plenty more of the British lads about on the night to soak up the atmosphere and find out what it’s all about.”

If Britain can win their home event at King’s Lynn they will march straight through to the final at Bydgoszcz on August 2 or, if they finish second or third, they will go to the Race Off at the same venue two days earlier.

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