There’s still more to come from Rory
SPEEDWAY: Panthers in crunch clash away at Wolverhampton tonight
RORY Schlein has announced his arrival at Panthers amid a blaze of points – but he’s still not satisfied.
The Australian star was the major capture in a mid-season makeover of the city side. Schlein was immediately snapped up when club bosses learned of his release from then-bottom club Coventry.
He has responded by racking up a fine haul of 37 points in just three meetings for his new club, but he goes into tonight’s televised showdown at Elite League play-off rivals Wolverhampton (7.30pm) still searching for more.
Schlein said: “It’s been good so far, but it could have been better.
“I’m pleased to have put in three scores in double-figures – especially as I’m still trying to dial myself in to the Showground track - but I could have had more points in every meeting.
“The scoring has been there but I need to put in some work on my starts because I haven’t been getting away from the tapes.
“If I can get that sorted I should be good to carry on getting doublefigures. I won a race on Thursday in under 60 seconds and Trevor Swales said any rider that can manage that is not doing a lot wrong.
“But I’m always looking to improve. I’m that kind of rider - even if I get a maximum I’ll try and find a fault somewhere!”
Schlein’s pursuit of perfection will continue when Panthers make their second visit of the season to Monmore Green.
The teams go into battle locked on 25 points in the Elite League table with Wolverhampton holding third spot by virtue of their superior points difference.
The Monmore men also have two meetings in hand on Panthers who can ill afford to lose any ground tonight.
Schlein wasn’t around when they were bashed 55-40 last month, but he does boast plenty of excellent past experience in the Black Country.
Schlein managed 13 points when previous employers Coventry were beaten there 56-38 and also scored eight in a pre-season challenge fixture which resulted in a narrow 4743 loss which would have earned a consolation point in Elite League racing.
And that’s the very least Schlein hopes to be leaving with later today. He added: “I’ve done plenty of laps at Wolverhampton in my time.
“At Coventry we had a lot of challenge matches against them as well as league meetings, so it is a track I know pretty well.
“I had my trapping boots on last time I was there and hopefully that will be the case again.
“Providing we all score our quota of points and are firing on all cylin- ders, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t bring back at least a point.
“The one thing we have to do is avoid last places. If we manage that, we will keep ourselves in contention all night.”
Schlein insists a line should be drawn through a 58-37 drubbing – the club’s worst defeat of the season – in their last away outing at Lakeside.
He continued: “We had three new riders in that night and two of them were racing there for the first time. Lakeside is a very tough place to go so I don’t think too much should be read into that result.” Teams Wolverhampton: Freddie Lindgren, Ty Proctor, Nicolai Klindt, Adam Skornicki, Tai Woffinden, Matt Wethers, Ludvig Lindgren.
Panthers: Kenneth Bjerre, Rider replacement for Kamil Brzozowski, Rory Schlein, Troy Batchelor, Guest, Mat Tresarrieu, Krzysztof Buczkowski.
PANTHERS skipper Niels Kristian Iversen hopes to return to action on Thursday night in the club’s KO Cup quarter-final first leg away at Swindon.