Zabik returning for Panthers

KAROL Zabik, pronounced “Zombik” was re declared back into the Panthers team and its clear he is keen to make up for lost time and get back to doing what he does best.

KAROL Zabik, pronounced “Zombik” was re declared back into the Panthers team and its clear he is keen to make up for lost time and get back to doing what he does best.

Zabik slots back into the Panthers main 1-5 as a straight replacement for the injured Claus Vissing, with Panthers Team Manager Trevor Swales keen to cover for the absence of Claus by virtue of a full team rather than rider replacement, because he feels at this stage it provides less pressure individually.

Team Manager Trevor Swales said: “I am delighted that Karol is back because we have clearly missed him, we built the team with him in it and he was an important part of that team, especially at home where he can beat anyone. It will take the pressure of the heat leaders and everyone will be more confident with him around”.

It's clear from the start of the season that things haven't gone according to plan and the riders, management and supporters are pleased to see him back in the team, where his scoring potential should give the team a real boost.


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Karol's domestic situation has now eased since the opening weeks of the season, whilst despite a close member of his family remaining seriously ill, the persons condition has been stabilised, and Karol now is quite happy and keen to travel from his homeland and ride for the Panthers, and he is very grateful that the club have stood by him and supported him at this difficult time.

Promoter Mick Bratley said: "He's coming back, he can't wait to get back and we can't wait to see him. It's been a difficult period for him in his life, never mind Speedway and I'm thrilled that he finds himself in a position now to return to us. Our season starts properly on his return."

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The news was unofficially released during the post match press conference last night by Mick Bratley and got a thunderous round of applause as the team celebrated their first win of the season against Ipswich.

Karol's first match this year for the Panthers will be against Poole on Thursday 16th April at the Showground.

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