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NICHOLLS CLEARED TO JOIN PANTHERS

Scott Nicholls has been cleared to join SGB Championship side Peterborough after the BSPA dropped rules preventing him from doubling up.

23 / 02 / 2018, 09:39

Seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls has finally been cleared to join SGB Championship side Peterborough after the BSPA dropped rules which prevented him from doubling up.

The Great Britain international lines up for Rye House in the Premiership, but he has also been trying to complete a deal with the Panthers to race in the second tier for the first time since 1994.

It’s great news for us, and I would also say it’s good news for the Championship as a whole, as there will be a number of tracks now that Scott will be visiting for the first time in many years, which should generate a lot of interest.

Ged Rathbone

Despite Nicholls agreeing terms before Christmas, the BSPA blocked the move after standing by rules preventing riders with a 6.00-plus top-flight average from racing in both leagues if they didn’t ride in the Championship last year.

Amid rumours of possible legal action from riders and pressure from the Speedway Control Bureau and the Auto-Cycle Union, the BSPA released a statement this afternoon confirming the rule had been dropped and Nicholls would be allowed to represent Panthers.

Peterborough immediately confirmed the Nicholls deal. Promoter Ged Rathbone admitted: “I’m relieved that matters have now reached a satisfactory conclusion and we can all concentrate on the season ahead.

“The main thing to focus on is that we have signed an outstanding servant to British speedway to race at No.1 for us, and we should all be very excited about that. Scott’s record in the sport speaks for itself with his British titles, his lengthy career in the Grand Prix, and the contribution he has made to each and every one of his clubs.

“He is still a hugely competitive force, which I’m sure he’ll be showing throughout the season. There certainly won’t be any holding back from him, and I know that’s what the supporters like.

"Scott is also a very much-respected figure off the track and there will be plenty of matters that he will be able to have a positive input into as we go forward.

“It’s great news for us, and I would also say it’s good news for the Championship as a whole, as there will be a number of tracks now that Scott will be visiting for the first time in many years, which should generate a lot of interest.”

Nicholls is joined in completing the Panthers septet by Tom Bacon.

The rule-change could clear the way for riders like Nicholls’ former GB team mate Edward Kennett to also double down.

 

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