Breakfast deal for Jaros

JAN Jaros has a unique record in world speedway.He was once purchased for two all-day breakfasts.But this has not diminished the 21-year-old's hunger to make the grade with Ipswich Evening Star Witches - starting with tonight's Sky Sports Elite League opener at Oxford.

By Elvin King

JAN Jaros has a unique record in world speedway.

He was once purchased for two all-day breakfasts.

But this has not diminished the 21-year-old's hunger to make the grade with Ipswich Evening Star Witches - starting with tonight's Sky Sports Elite League opener at Oxford.

The Czech Republic rider has already shown with impressive performances in both Suffolk Cup victories over Premier League Mildenhall that he is worth more than a couple of fried eggs, a

rasher of bacon and a sausage.

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And Jaros makes his competitive Ipswich debut at Sandy Lane after joining on loan from King's Lynn during the winter.

Eighteen months ago a deal was struck between Lynn and Belle Vue for the Norfolk club to

purchase Jaros for a couple of breakfasts.

Belle Vue promoter Ian Thomas said: “When I took over the Aces along with Tony Mole at the end of the 2004 season we found that Jan was on our books.

“Buster Chapman, the Lynn

promoter, claimed that Jan was his asset and he took the matter to the British Speedway Promoters' Association management committee for adjudication.

“They came down on our side, but Tony and I felt that morally Buster had a case.

“So we came to a deal over two all-day breakfasts at King's Lynn stadium, which we are still

waiting to collect.

“The manner of the deal is in no way a reflection of the youngster's ability.”

Jaros, who made his Belle Vue debut, at Ipswich two years ago, averaged 4.68 while helping Lynn win the Premier League Knock-Out Cup and Young Shield last season.

And this has raised his appetite to do well in the higher level for Ipswich even though his worth £35,998 less than the Witches sold Scott Nicholls to Coventry for last year.

Jaros said: “I have to be happy with how this season has begun, and will be doing all I can to score well for the Witches.”

And Witches team manager Mike Smillie backs this up. He said: “We are confident Jan will quickly develop into a true Elite League rider, and he could upset some of the established stars.

“Experienced riders like Mark Loram, Chris Louis and Piotr Protasiewicz will help his progress no end.”

Protasiewicz will also have a key role tonight. The 31-year-old Pole took the Sandy Lane track apart in the corresponding meeting last year, scorching to 19 points.

But when he returned to Oxford for the 'B' fixture he failed to spark and limped round for just three points.

Ironically, the Witches lost the first meeting 48-46, but came out on top 47-45 on their second visit.

Six-time world champion Tony Rickardsson will be a big danger to Ipswich's hopes of getting maximum points from a rare away start to their league season.

Robert Miskowiak miraculously escaped injury from a horror crash at Sandy Lane last year when he was flown over the fence like a rag doll.

The Witches and Cheetahs face a quick-fire return as the two teams meet again at Foxhall Stadium tomorrow in a meeting sponsored by Anglian Self Drive.

Tonight's line-ups

Oxford: D Howe, E Andersson, D Watt, A Skornicki, T Rickardsson, A Pietrasko, L Tomicek. Team manager: Graeme Gordon

Ipswich: C Louis, K Jansson, P Protasiewicz, R Miskowiak, M Loram, J Jaros, D King. Team manager: Mike Smillie