ADDITIONAL test matches are in the pipeline for Great Britain’s speedway team next season following the success of the nation’s tie against Australia in August, according to manager Alun Rossiter.

Thousands of supporters turned out at Glasgow’s Ashfield Stadium as Great Britain were downed 33-57 on home shale against an Australian side led by former world champion Chris Holder.

Rossiter, also manager of the Swindon Robins, said test matches can act as a building block as Great Britain look to establish themselves as one of the world’s leading speedway nations under the leadership of VRX Motorsport.

“I think we’re very fortunate at the moment,” said Rossiter.

“Anyone can see the competition that’s going on, we’ve got Robert Lambert in a good position.

“We are a bit behind Poland, but I do believe we’re in front of the other teams.

“Australia had a real breakthrough of riders a few years ago, they’ve just moved out of that.

“It’s now our turn to step up into that area.

“I’ve talked to Rob briefly (about test matches) after getting the GB nod again, there are quite a few things in the fire.

“We’re waiting on news to come out in the near future with regards to what is happening with the GB test side.”

The 53-year-old also believes the influx of young talent in Britain is paving for an encouraging future for speedway in Great Britain.

Young stars including Drew Kemp, Kyle Bickley, Henry Atkins and Royal Wootton Bassett racer Anders Rowe all have team spots in the Championship next season and will go wheel-to-wheel with former Grand Prix stars Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls on a regular basis.

Rossiter added: “The opportunity for kids to race speedway has always been there.

“But there is more awareness now in the young riders that come through, and that’s having a knock-on impact.”

Meanwhile Rossiter revealed he will open talks with teenager Zach Wajtknecht regarding a return to Swindon for the 2019 SGB Premiership season.

The Bristol-based racer proved a popular figure in 2018 after he finished the season on a with an average of 5.27.

And it’s likely fans will get their wish with Rossiter keen to secure Wajtknecht’s services.

Rossiter said: “Zach is part of the big picture, we will talk more when he gets back from Australia.

“Nothing is confirmed at this stage but we are happy to keep a place open for Zach until we talk again upon his return.”