Monday December 17, 2018
FORMER British Under-19 Champion Zach Wajtknecht is back with Birmingham.

It’s an emotional return to Perry Barr for the 20-year-old who began his career with the Brummies in 2015.

In his two seasons at B42, he went from a three-point reserve to the club’s No.1, contributing to four major honours, including two league titles, along the way.

Since leaving Perry Barr he’s been crowned a Premiership and Championship league winner, was victorious in the 2017 British Under-19 Championship and has represented his country in several international events.

And ahead of his Brummies’ return, Wajtknecht admits Birmingham have played a massive part in his career.

“When I started there as a three-point reserve, if you’d have told me four seasons later I’d be a middle order Championship rider and a reserve in the top league I’d have definitely taken it,”Wajtknecht said.

“Birmingham was such a great club to get going with and I really did learn so much in the two seasons I was there.

“I’ve progressed really well, especially since making that step up to the top league, but there’s still a lot more to come as well.

“It was an easy decision when they asked me to come back and I can’t wait to ride for Birmingham again, especially at Perry Barr because it’s a track I love.”

Meanwhile Brummies’ co-owner David Mason said: “I remember racing against him early on in his career and I rode with him for a few months at Lakeside in 2017 as well.

“When you think of how much he’s developed in such a short space of time, he really is one of the most exciting British youngsters around – and I’m not just saying that either.

“He’s not long got back from racing in Australia for a month as well and he’s learnt so much from that experience so I think we’ve bagged another bargain by getting Zach back to Birmingham.

“He knows our track well, he’s another familiar face for our supporters and for me this is another positive all-round signing and a really exciting one that could work out really well for our team at that.”

The signing of Wajtknecht, on a 5.06 average, means the Brummies have one spot left to fill in their 2019 Championship side with Ulrich Ostergaard, Kyle Newman, Ashley Morris, Tobias Thomsen and Paco Castagna already confirmed.

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