SPEEDWAY 1GREAT Britain star Chris Harris has spoken of his delight after he sealed his place in the 2015 Grand Prix series.
Harris has been a regular on the World Championship scene since 2007, only missing out on a GP place last year, but he has experienced a tough 2014 campaign on the world stage.With his hopes of a top eight finish over, his chances of maintaining his Grand Prix status rested on the Grand Prix Challenge as he travelled to Lonigo last night.With the pressure on, the Coventry man put in a spectacular display to notch 13 points and a place in the all-important top three alongside meeting winner Matej Zagar (Belle Vue) and Jason Doyle (Leicester). Poole’s Maciej Janowski was fourth, which may well also be enough for a place in next year’s series.Harris revealed he was “over the moon” after a memorable evening – and he is now desperate to ensure he gets back to his best on the Grand Prix stage in 2015.Said Harris: “It was a great night, and I’m just over the moon. We worked really hard this week to make sure everything was ready, and I’m just delighted that it paid off.“Everything came together on the night and went to plan, so it was brilliant really. I’m just really pleased to be back in the Grand Prix’s next year and to get another chance.“I just want to say thanks to my team, sponsors and everyone who has supported me, especially my partner Emma-Louise who has had to put up with a lot this year.“I’m just really pleased to be able to repay them by getting the job done and making sure I’ll be in the GP’s again next year.“It’s been a tough season for me in the GPs, but I’ll be able to start fresh next year when I’m a lot more organised.“It wasn’t ideal getting a late call this year, but now I’ve got all winter to get prepared and make sure I come back ready to do well next season.”
SPEEDWAY 2EDINBURGH took a big step towards the Premier League play-off Final with a 48-45 win at Berwick in their second group fixture on Saturday.
The Monarchs fought back from a ten-point deficit after Heat 8, but after picking up a 6-3 in the next race when Sam Masters went for double they turned the meeting around with 5-1s in Heats 11 and 13, leaving the Bandits to rue late-meeting falls for Claus Vissing and David Bellego.Masters top-scored for the visitors with 14+2, Craig Cook added 11 and returning skipper Derek Sneddon scored 10+1, whilst Kevin Doolan led the way for the home side on 12.Sneddon said: “I knew the team needed me so I did what I had to do. It was a great night for the team.”Berwick manager John Anderson said: “What a top match that was, tight to the end but with a couple of badly timed falls for us and Edinburgh upping their game dramatically we were right up against it and their strength took us down at the end. “We have to make the best of our visit to Workington and their visit here in three weeks, and hope the Comets can buck the form guide and hammer a couple of tight wins past the Monarchs, but it's a steep hill to climb now. We have to cure the inconsistency that plagues us at the moment.”Meanwhile Mildenhall took control of the National Trophy Final with a 52-37 win at Stoke, No.1 Joe Jacobs leading the way for the Fen Tigers with a 15-point maximum in the first leg tie.SPEEDWAY 3PETERBOROUGH launch a two-pronged assault on one of the most prestigious pieces of British speedway silverware today.
Number one Lasse Bjerre and skipper Ulrich Ostergaard both represent the Panthers in the Premier League Riders' Championship at Sheffield (5pm).And team boss Carl Johnson is convinced both men can launch a challenge for individual glory on the big, fast Owlerton circuit.Johnson said: “Sheffield is definitely the sort of track that Lasse favours while Ulrich has been in brilliant form lately. They both scored well when we raced at Sheffield in the Premier League and I don't see any reason why they shouldn't go well again. They must both be in with a chance.”Simon Stead represents the host club at Owlerton, and 2012 winner Craig Cook is also amongst the favourites.Meanwhile Mildenhall take a 15-point lead into the second leg of their National Trophy Final against Stoke after an impressive display at Loomer Road on Saturday. The Fen Tigers host the return against the Potters at West Row.(FIXTURES)SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21:PREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield 5pmNATIONAL TROPHY FINAL 2nd leg: Mildenhall v Stoke 3.30MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22:ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Coventry 7pm, Belle Vue v King’s Lynn (follows previous fixture)NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 1st leg: Kent v Coventry 6.30TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23:NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 1st leg: Cradley v Mildenhall 7.30