It will be Wirtzfeld’s second season as a Warrior having shown steady progress in 2019 – in fact, such has been his improvement that he forced his way into the main body of the Warriors line-up having started the year at reserve. His on-track performances earned him a 3.81 year-end average, almost double his initial 2.00.
16-year-old Chad is likely to start in the number 2 race jacket riding alongside returning captain Ben Morley.
Self-confessed motorcycle nut Wirtzfeld said:
“I’m very pleased to have been asked to ride for the Warriors again in 2020. Last year was my first in proper team competition. Sometimes it was hard. Some of the away tracks were new and took quite a bit of getting used to, but I got better as the season went on and moving into the team at number two was another big challenge.
“I still have so much to work on to be a better rider, however with great support from Barry, Martin and Jackie I will do all that I can to repay the faith that they have shown in me”.
Connor King, who was crowned the Isle of Wight speedway rider of the year for 2019, will also be back at the Smallbrook Stadium for the new season after agreeing terms for a second season on the Island.
King joined the Warriors at the start of last season as a virtual unknown and worked tremendously hard to cement his place in the side. His all out efforts became the talk of the terraces and despite some regular tumbles, ‘Mr Bounceback’ garnered huge support as he came to terms with the rigours of regular National League action. An end of season average of 3.67 placed King in an ideal position to resume 2020 in a reserve role alongside fellow East Anglian Macauley Leek with both riders perfectly capable of significant progress.
Connor is clearly thrilled to be back with the Warriors:
“I had a great time on the Island last year. It was tough at times and I had a few crashes, but as my confidence improved so too did my scores. Then to win Rider Of The Year was totally unexpected. I’ve had huge support from everyone and riding for the Warriors next season was top of my wish list. I’ve been out at Rye House before Christmas doing some laps and will be fully prepared when the new seasons starts”.