Masters earns Oz Speedway GP wildcard

Sam Masters

Sam Masters

Australian Championship runner-up Sam Masters has been named as a wildcard for the DON Smallgoods Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on October 24.

The Newcastle-born racer will wear the #16 race jacket for his FIM Speedway World Championship debut on the night the 2015 champion will be crowned.

“It’s not every day you get the chance to ride in a Grand Prix,” Masters said.

“There are riders in the meeting I have beaten once or twice before. So there’s no reason why I can’t get a few points.

“I’m definitely stoked to be there. I can’t actually believe I have the opportunity to ride in the Grand Prix. It has been a dream for me my whole life. It’s going to be something different – that’s for sure.

“I know all my mates and my sponsors back home are coming along. It would be good to put on a show for them. Having our friends and family there makes it a very important SGP for us Aussies.”

Masters has enjoyed a strong season, which started with him finishing second to SGP regular Jason Doyle in the four-round Australian Championship in January.

The 24-year-old has played a starring role for British Premier League club Edinburgh Monarchs this year, helping them secure top spot in the table ahead of the championship play-offs.

He also lines up for the Leicester Lions in the British Elite League.

Masters isn’t setting any targets for what will be the biggest meeting of his life. But he’s determined to make a name for himself as he joins 2012 world champion Chris Holder, Troy Batchelor and Doyle on speedway’s grandest stage.

“I have never ridden in a meeting like this before – the top 15 riders in world.

“If I can mix it up, get some points throughout the night and be in the mix, it would be a good thing. I’ll go there, do my best and whatever happens is meant to be.

“I’ll definitely put 120 percent into my preparation as well as my riding. Hopefully I can get something out of it, get my name out there for next year and hopefully get some team spots in Europe.”

Masters is joined in Melbourne by track reserves Justin Sedgmen and Max Fricke.

Sedgmen, who lines up at #17, finished third in the Aussie Championship and has also impressed alongside Masters in the Edinburgh team.

Fricke, #18, has won three Australian Under-21 Championships on the trot and finished fourth in the senior series this season. He races for Belle Vue in the British Elite League and Danish Speedway League side Region Varde.

Tickets are still available for the South Hemisphere’s biggest indoor motorsport event.

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