Monday December 10, 2018
BIRMINGHAM have won the signature of Italian Champion Paco Castagna - who has also signed as a full club asset.

The 24-year-old becomes the third signing for the Brummies’ return to Championship racing with Ulrich Ostergaard and Ashley Morris already named.

Castagna will start the season at reserve on a 4.00 average and is keen to build on a positive 2018 campaign.

“It’s been a very good year for me and of course the highlight was winning the Italian Championship,” Castagna said.

“I was behind with a couple of rounds to go but I kept plugging away and I came back to beat Nico (Covatti) which was a brilliant result for me.

“I had a bad injury the year before and it made me realise just how much I wanted to achieve things in my racing.

“People will probably remember me from my time with Ipswich and Sheffield which I know myself wasn’t too good.

“But I’ve come a long way since then and I’ve definitely progressed as a rider.

“I’m not the most talented rider in the world but what you are guaranteed from me is 110 per cent effort because I work my backside off and make sure I give it everything I’ve got.

“I had other offers in England for next year but I think I’ve found the perfect environment for me at Birmingham.

“I can tell from speaking to them that I’m going to a club where the people around you will be helpful and will encourage you and that is so important for me.

“Nico has told me about the supporters and as long as they can see you’re trying your best then they will be understanding with you.

“But he also told me he feels the Birmingham track will be the best option for me to improve and I have to listen to him.”

Meanwhile co-owner David Mason said: “Laurence (Rogers - team manager) has been following Paco’s progression and we feel he could be a potential coup on a 4.00 average and having him down at reserve.

“Having had some lengthy conversations with him he really is a smashing guy who the fans will love I’m sure and his attitude and honesty is great.

“It’s great to have him signed as an asset as well and we thank Chris Louis and Ipswich Speedway for their co-operation throughout.”

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