Brandon-based Mildenhall Fen Tiger Stefan Nielsen will join speedway’s top flight next year after signing for Elite League outfit Belle Vue Aces.
Under new rules for the top level of the sport in this country, 20 of the best young National League riders were drafted to the reserve pairings of the 10 Elite League sides.
Double British Under-19s champion Nielsen was picked second, while fellow Tigers Danny Halsey (Eastbourne Eagles) and Josh Bates (Swindon Robins) were also drafted.
“Belle Vue had a lot of riders to choose from, so to be picked as one of the first ones is a really good thing,” said 19-year-old Danish-born Nielsen. “The new rule has a lot of positives.
“Doing the track walks with the top riders and listening to what they have to say about set-ups will help us progress more quickly instead of going through years of the National League and trying to figure it out ourselves.
“I’m hoping I can make a difference for Belle Vue — I just want to go out and give it my best shot.”
Halsey will link up with popular former Mildenhall teammate Lewis Blackbird at Eastbourne, while Suffolk-based ex-Tiger Joe Jacobs has joined reigning world champion Tai Woffinden at the Wolverhampton Wolves.
With British Speedway bosses currently renegotiating their broadcast contract with Sky Sports, the Tigers’ emerging stars could all get the chance to show off their skills on TV next year.
Following the National League AGM on Tuesday, December 10, the Tigers will start to finalise their team for next season, which could still include Elite League-bound Nielsen, Halsey and Bates.
“I spoke to Mildenhall at the end of the season and they seem quite interested in having me back if National League rules allow,” added Nielsen. “If everything works out, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back at Mildenhall as number one.”