Swindon Speedway have announced that they are delighted with the appointment of Lee Kilby as co-promoter subject to British Speedway Promoters’ Association approval.
The club have made the move after Colin Pratt accepted the opportunity to switch to newly promoted Peterborough, closer to his Norfolk home.
Kilby, the son of legendary rider Bob, has a lifelong association with the CFS Filtration Robins and has worked as commercial manager – he will continue with these duties as part of his new role.
He will now step up alongside co-promoter Alun Rossiter, Steve Park and chairman Terry Russell as part of the management team.
“I’m overwhelmingly happy,” said Kilby.
“Terry Russell mentioned it to me previously in passing, and I said if opportunity arose I’d be chomping at the bit to do it.
“We spoke about it more, and it’s obviously an honour to become a promoter. I’ll give it everything I’ve got.
“I’ve essentially been promoting anyway in the commercial role, that’s what it’s all about trying to get sponsors, but I’m delighted to be given an opportunity in an official capacity.”
Russell is delighted to have Kilby on board and referred to him as part of the “future of the club”.
He said: “We are excited to offer Lee this opportunity, he’s Swindon through and through with the family connection and his father, Bob, was a great rider.
“In many ways, Lee is the future of the club alongside Alun Rossiter.”
Kilby replaces the experienced Pratt, who is joining Peterborough with the best wishes of Swindon Speedway.
“Colin leaves with our good wishes, I totally get it that he has a chance to work for a club closer to home and we wish him all the very best,” Russell added.
Pratt, meanwhile, explained he could not turn down the chance to move to a club closer to his Norfolk base.
Pratt commented: “It’s a sad day for me to leave Swindon because I’ve had some great times there and they have good people at the club.
“I go back years with Terry Russell and I thank him for the opportunity to work with Swindon.
“Peterborough is closer to my Norfolk base and it makes perfect sense for me to go there.
“I wish Swindon all the very best, they’ll be a good team with Jason Doyle going back there.”