Tom Brennan admits that the Great Britain Speedway Team Academy has been the vital component to make him hit gold.

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The Swindon-born star produced two epic rides during GB’s historic Speedway of Nations win at the National Speedway Stadium last October.

It meant a gold medal for Brennan at the tender age of 20 and he revealed that the backing from his national team made him ready to be a winner.

Now he embarks on his last year in the Academy, starting with a performance camp in Bicester this weekend.

Brennan admits: “I simply wouldn’t be a World Champion without the constant backing from Great Britain.

“I think my generation of riders has been quite fortunate to have the knowledge on hand from the backroom team of GB.

“Speedway is a difficult sport. It takes mechanical, physical, mental and financial strength to get you to the top. You need all the backing you can get to be honest.

“I’ve had lots of highs and lows. But the know-how that Great Britain have now is unique in speedway.

“Last year was great because I won the British Under-21 Championship and the icing on the cake was the Speedway of Nations.

“But the confidence and belief I had in the Speedway of Nations was vital. I’d had a tough season in the UK leagues and was struggling for a bit of form. Then I went to race for GB in the FIM World Under-21 Team Cup final in Poland and scored 20 points. That probably turned my season around.”

Brennan along with 13 other talented youngsters begin their 2022 preparation in Bicester and he knows that it’s time to focus again.

He added: “I’ve had a tough winter personally. All I can do is concentrate on my racing.

“I know that I have to be in the best possible shape mentally and physically for racing. That will start this weekend. I’ve already had a training camp in Poland with my team Rawicz. But I’m looking forward to being back with Great Britain. There’s a huge togetherness in the camp. Now we want more success.”