BRITS OUT OF WORLD U21 QUALIFIER IN GERMANY
Great Britain young guns Drew Kemp and Tom Brennan have both been forced out of their FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship qualifier.
09 / 06 / 2021, 10:57
Great Britain young guns Drew Kemp and Tom Brennan have both been forced out of their FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship qualifier in Gustrow on Saturday.
Concerns grew after British bosses received an email from the German federation, suggesting the pair would have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Germany. This is currently the requirement for travellers from the UK due to it being listed as a virus variant area of concern, with exemptions for the two riders and their support teams not available.
The duo were due to line up alongside the likes of championship favourite Jakub Miskowiak, Czech star Jan Kvech, Denmark’s Mads Hansen, Swedish racer Alexander Woentin and Poland’s Mateusz Swidnicki.
Both Brits would have been among the favourites to claim one of six qualification places for the three-round Final series.
But GB Under-21 team manager Neil Vatcher admits they couldn’t risk their stars being stranded in Germany and missing a host of fixtures in the UK.
He said: “The lead-up to this qualifier has been very stressful as we have tried many different avenues of getting the riders to compete in this competition without having to self-isolate for 10 days once in Germany, as this is the current government regulation for citizens travelling from the UK to Germany.
“It goes without saying that with their British commitments, it absolutely was not possible for Tom and Drew to be able to do this.
“Therefore, late on Monday night after consulting with the riders and their families, we unfortunately had to withdraw from this year's competition.”
The FIM and series promoter One Sport still have three permanent wild cards available for the World Under-21 series and could opt to hand one to a Brit.
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