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SCHLEIN SET TO RACE INTO 2021

Aussie star Rory Schlein has revealed he plans to race on into 2021 after the coronavirus crisis put his return Down Under on hold.

15 / 05 / 2020, 12:53

Aussie star Rory Schlein has revealed he plans to race on into 2021 after the coronavirus crisis put his return Down Under on hold.

The Darwin-born ace has signed deals with Wolverhampton and Somerset for this year in what was supposed to be his farewell season in the sport.

As we stand at the minute I’ll be doing next year. I’ve already notified Wolves and Somerset that I’ll be back.

Rory Schlein

But with no racing taking place in the British leagues until fans can be safely admitted to stadiums and Schlein’s wife’s visa application delayed due to the pandemic, the former Aussie international is set to push back his move home.

He said: “Even if freedom of movement is okay by the end of the year, I don’t think we can go back to Australia because the visa for my missus has been put on hold.

“We were told we’d have a visa by November, but then we were told a couple of months ago that all new visa applications have been put on hold during this crisis.

“We’d already put so many things in place. We enrolled the kids in a school in Australia and prepared to get ready to go.

“As we stand at the minute I’ll be doing next year. I’ve already notified Wolves and Somerset that I’ll be back.

“I’m not going to shout about it too much because no one really knows how this is going to pan out.”

British Speedway bosses hope to commence racing in late July or early August, but have made it clear staging meetings behind closed doors would not be financially viable.

Schlein admits he would be unlikely to squeeze his planned farewell meeting into what’s set to be a massively condensed calendar.

He said: “I’ve not had the conversation with (Wolves promoter) Chris van Straaten yet about my farewell meeting. Even if we do get back on track, I don’t think my meeting will fit in anywhere. There are so many unknowns even if we do get some sort of season.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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