SOMERSET ‘Cases’ Rebels have released stalwart performer Charles Wright from contract and, subject to approval by the governing body of the sport, will bring back former Rebel Claus Vissing.
The shock announcement came after the club found themselves in an untenable position with Wright over incidents that occurred in the pits last Wednesday against Wolverhampton.
Co-promoter Garry May stated “it saddens me that we have found ourselves in this position because until now Charles has been a pleasure to deal with, but the events, which I am not prepared to go into detail over, left a sour taste in my mouth, detracted from our fine fight-back and have led me to look elsewhere for a team member who can do a similar, if not better, job as Charles has done.
“In Claus Vissing I feel that we have such a rider and I look forward to welcoming him back to the Oak Tree on Wednesday and working with him once again.”
In a second move the Rebels have also dropped reserve Jonas Jeppesen from their declared side and drafted in Argentinian-born racer Nico Covatti as a replacement, again subject to approval.
May was quick to point out that the Jeppesen change had nothing to do with events of last week, admitting “I genuinely feel sorry for Jonas as I do believe that he will, in time, become a very able performer but I looked at the team and just felt that we needed a bit of shoring up at the bottom end. Unfortunately for Jonas he has been lacking track time and that has not brought him on as quickly as I had hoped and whilst I have taken him out of the team for now I would like to think that there will be an opportunity in the future to work with him once more.”
The changes are expected to become effective in time for the Rebels next action which is on Wednesday (20th June) when neighbours Poole provide the opposition in an SGB Premiership league fixture.