PIRATES charger Zane Keleher described as “frustrating” the wait to make his British speedway debut but is hoping to see the “light at the end of the tunnel”.

The Rockhampton-born charger jetted out to the UK at the start of March but is yet to turn a wheel competitively due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Keleher did get the chance to get on track during Pirates’ behind closed doors practice session at Leicester last month.

Describing his experience in Britain so far, the Aussie told British Speedway’s social media channels: “It’s been a while, I landed on March 3 and we had two weeks flat out getting ready for the season.

“Then it was, all of a sudden, putting the handbrake on and waiting for three months.

“Obviously it’s dragged on a little longer than we thought but I’ve been keeping pretty busy – doing a lot of training and stuff off the bike.

“I’m just preparing myself, getting ready with the equipment and getting set up ready to go once we get the green light.”

He added: “We have a build-up in Australia, a big summer. Then I signed for Poole and it was a mad rush to get over here and get set up.

“Then, all of a sudden, it was like ‘hang on, we are going to wait for a while now’.

“So it’s been frustrating but you have got to look at the light at the end of the tunnel and remember why you’ve come over here and what it’s going to be once we get started again.”

Keleher comes to Britain to link up with Pirates having made the transition to speedway from motocross.

Describing his passion for speedway, he said: “I love it. It’s such a great sport for us riders, the fans, everyone.

“There’s not many motorsports where it can be so close racing and you don’t know who is going to win.”