Australian champion Sam Masters is set to race in his third consecutive QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix on his return to the country as a wildcard on the 28 October.
Newcastle born Masters will wear the number sixteen race jacket for the showdown at the Ethiad Stadium, which will see the 2017 FIM Speedway World Championship winner crowned. His compatriot Jason Doyle currently leads the way with seventy eight points.
Masters had ridden for his country in the last two Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cups, and helped the team reach the Manchester final in 2016. He made his individual debut in the first Australian SGP in 2015 and scored five points. A year later, he was drafted in as a late replacement for the injured Doyle.
The twenty six year old rides for SGB Premiership team Wolverhampton, and SGB Championship team Edinburgh, while also riding for Lejonen in the Swedish Elitserien and Ostrow in the Polish Second Division.
The 2017 team will be made up of Masters, Doyle, and last year’s Australian SGP winner Chris Holder. The team will be completed by track reserves Justin Sedgmen and Dave Watt who both finished well in this year’s Australian Championship, taking second and third respectively.
Sedgmen has confirmed that this GP will be his last as a professional speedway rider. He announced his retirement earlier in the year, but couldn’t miss out on the chance to race in Australia’s biggest speedway event. Watt made four SGP appearances in 2010, taking nineteen points in total.