KYLE Newman cannot wait to race under the Oxford Stadium lights after becoming the latest new arrival for 2022.

The three-time British Speedway Premiership champion joins Scott Nicholls, Troy Batchelor and Cameron Heeps at Oxford Cheetahs ahead of their return next spring.

Newman, who turns 30 today, knows what it means to have speedway in the city for the first time since 2007.

He said: “When I read the Cheetahs were returning, I immediately let Jamie (Courtney, promoter) know of my availability.

“This is a fresh start for me, and a challenge I am really looking forward to.

“Oxford’s closure coincided with the beginning of my career, so I have only raced at the stadium once with Weymouth Wildcats.

“I attended a few times as a kid, though, and remember the buzz on a race night.

“The stadium and its facilities are fantastic and will provide a great boost for British speedway in general.”

The Dorset-born racer has won all three domestic league trophies in his career.

Newman claimed the National League title with the Wildcats in 2008, before adding a Premiership crown with Poole Pirates in 2011 and a Championship gold medal with Somerset Rebels in 2013.

Courtney feels the new recruit will be an asset on and off the track, with Cheetahs aiming to create an inclusive speedway academy for young riders from across the area.

He said: “Kyle is an ultimate professional and has vast experience at all levels of British speedway.

"He was quickly on the phone to me when news of our reopening was confirmed, and I am pleased we’ve reached an agreement.

“He will be a solid rider for the Cheetahs’ Championship campaign next year and is a friendly figure who is keen to support young riders starting out their careers.

“Kyle fits into what we are trying to achieve perfectly.

"We hope this is the start of a long and successful career at Oxford for him and are delighted to have him onboard.”