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DREAM CALL-UP FOR DAVE

Aussie star Dave Watt bids farewell to the sport with a guaranteed five rides in the QBE Insurance Australian SGP on Saturday.

22 / 10 / 2017, 10:59

Aussie star Dave Watt is set for a dream finale to his racing career as he bids farewell to the sport with a guaranteed five rides in the QBE Insurance Australian SGP.

Watt has been promoted into the starting line-up as a replacement for Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen, who was unable to make his comeback from the broken shoulder that has sidelined him since August 20.

His misfortune is Watt’s gain as he becomes the FIFTH Aussie in the field, joining World Championship leader Jason Doyle, last year’s winner Chris Holder, national champion Sam Masters and Justin Sedgmen at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Watt announced his retirement from the sport in the summer and left his UK base, moving back to his native Queensland.

But the 39-year-old, who finished third in this year’s Australian Championship, was never going to turn down the chance to sign off his speedway career in the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest indoor motorsport event.

Watt makes his first SGP appearance since 2010, when he appeared in four rounds, scoring 19 points.

With the Townsville-born star now in the main 16-rider field, last year’s wild card Brady Kurtz is promoted to first track reserve, with Rohan Tungate drafted in as second stand-in.

 

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