Speedway latest: Cheetahs announce 2023 squad, including new number one!

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Oxford Speedway has confirmed the seven riders who will represent the world-famous Oxford Cheetahs in 2023 – including a new face at number one.

The club revealed 2017 Australian Champion Sam Masters will lead the Cheetahs in next year’s British Speedway Championship.

Last year’s Championship Pairs winner Lewis Kerr also joins the Cheetahs while 2022 National League Riders’ Championship winner Jordan Jenkins steps up from the Chargers into the main body of the team.

Seven-times British Speedway Champion Scott Nicholls and three-times Western Australia State champion Cameron Heeps have been retained.

Also stepping up from the Chargers squad are fans’ favourite Henry Atkins and promising Australian talent Luke Killeen.

Team Manager Peter Schroeck said: “We’re really pleased to have our full squad in place in good time for our second campaign and cannot wait to get going.

“Sam (Masters) is a great coup for us, and we are delighted to have him onboard. He has been a tremendous asset for Edinburgh and developed significantly as a rider during his time north of the boarder.

“Lewis (Kerr) really shone at Oxford during his appearances for Redcar last season and will bring a lot to the team, as will Scott (Nicholls) and Cameron (Heeps) who we believe has great potential and is a steal for his average.

“What’s especially pleasing is to have three Chargers riders step up to represent the Cheetahs in 2023. Jordan, Henry and Luke are all fully deserving of this promotion and we wish them every success with us in the second tier.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the riders who represented the club in 2022 and won’t be returning, including Troy Batchelor, Jack Thomas, Dillon Ruml, Josh MacDonald, Aaron Summers, Paul Starke and Kyle Newman.

“They and our guest riders played an essential role in our regeneration programme which we are very grateful for and we wish them all the best.”

Oxford Chargers’ squad will be confirmed following the National League AGM, which takes place on Tuesday.

2023 Oxford Cheetahs line-up: Sam Masters, Lewis Kerr, Scott Nicholls, Cameron Heeps, Jordan Jenkins, Henry Atkins, Luke Killeen

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