ELLIS PUTS TITLE ON THE LINE
THE draw has been made for the 2022 Sports Insure British Final Championship at Belle Vue.
The meeting takes place on Monday August 1 with Sheffield star Adam Ellis defending the title he won at the National Speedway Stadium last summer.
Ellis has been drawn at No.15 and faces a mouth-watering opening ride in Heat 4 against former champions Danny King and Scott Nicholls, and current British U21 Champion Tom Brennan.
The winner of the meeting has the additional incentive of a Wild Card place for the British Grand Prix at Cardiff on August 13.
DRAW: 1. Craig Cook, 2. Leon Flint, 3. Chris Harris, 4. Steve Worrall, 5. Kyle Howarth, 6. Dan Bewley, 7. Paul Starke, 8. Ben Barker, 9. Charles Wright, 10. Lewis Kerr, 11. Richard Lawson, 12. Richie Worrall, 13. Danny King, 14. Scott Nicholls, 15. Adam Ellis, 16. Tom Brennan.
BRITISH Speedway will honour legendary broadcaster and writer Nigel Pearson at this Monday’s Sports Insure British Final Championship.
Supporters will be given the opportunity to vote for the winner of the inaugural Nigel Pearson Award, which will be presented after the meeting to the rider judged to have provided the most entertainment.
The event was always one of Nigel’s favourites on the calendar and he especially enjoyed the ‘underdog’ stories which arose, such as the memorable race between the late Danny Ayres and Chris Harris in 2019.
After Heat 20 on Monday, four candidates will be nominated for the award, and supporters will then be able to vote in a Twitter poll for the night’s most entertaining rider.
The announcement of the contenders will be made at the stadium and on BSP social media channels, with the vote closing in time for presentations after the Final.
British Speedway is delighted to launch the award in memory of Nigel, whose tragic passing in April is still felt by everyone throughout the sport.
BIRMINGHAM aim to complete a 100 per cent home record in the Championship Jubilee League when they host Poole tonight (Wednesday – UK time).
The Brummies recorded their biggest win of the season a fortnight ago when Plymouth visited Perry Barr before last week’s late turnaround against Oxford saw them move to the top of the Southern Group – with the Cheetahs now ahead on race points difference.
However, it is the Pirates who remain firm favourites to progress through to the Final after their big win at Plymouth last week.
Birmingham name Lewis Kerr, Kye Thomson and Jason Edwards as guests for injured/unavailable trio Josh Auty, Claus Vissing and Jason Edwards.
Skipper Ashley Morris said: “We’ve been digging deep and battling our way to some home wins lately.
“We’ll definitely need to do the same again against Poole; everyone knows they’re a strong team this year.
“But anything can happen on the night. We know we can ride our own track now, we’d all just like a bit more consistency.”
Pirates star Richard Lawson said: “I think we are hitting form just at the right time and we now just have to keep the ball rolling.
“On paper we should be able to clean up against Birmingham, but we will keep ourselves grounded and just concentrate on keep doing what we are doing.”
OXFORD and Plymouth meet again at Cowley tonight (Wednesday – UK time) after fighting out a 45-45 draw in the Championship Jubilee League last night.
Gladiators No.1 Ben Barker scored a six-ride paid maximum (17+1) with Alfie Bowtell picking up 10+1.
Reserve Cameron Heeps led the way for the Cheetahs with 11+1 and Scott Nicholls scored 11, as they went to the top of the group standings thanks to two away points.
For Wednesday’s return match, Oxford have Jordan Jenkins guesting for Dillon Ruml (SON) with rider replacement still in operation for the injured Jack Thomas.
Josh Pickering makes a guest appearance for the Gladiators in place of Hans Andersen, with James Wright standing in once again, in place of Michael Palm Toft.
ARMADALE have moved to sign Kyran Lyden after an impressive recent guest appearance against the Devils.
Middlesbrough-based Lyden scored 5+1 when racing for Kent and now gets his first full-time opportunity in the NDL with Lewis Millar stepping down from the side.
Lyden, who will make his debut at Oxford next Wednesday, said: “Armadale’s a nice little track actually, it’s one that you have to think about and use your head.
“It will have a good home track advantage. I loved the meeting I did there and enjoyed racing there.
“Danny Phillips is from where I am, and Elliot Kelly, I’m good mates with him. It will be good to be involved with them in the team. It’s my first experience of National League and I’m going to give it my all!”
WEDNESDAY JULY 27:
CHAMPIONSHIP JUBILEE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Poole 7.30, Oxford v Plymouth 7.30
FRIDAY JULY 29:
CHAMPIONSHIP JUBILEE LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30, Poole v Birmingham 7.30, Scunthorpe v Redcar 7.30
SATURDAY JULY 30:
CHAMPIONSHIP JUBILEE LEAGUE: Berwick v Glasgow 7pm, Leicester v Redcar 7pm
SUNDAY JULY 31:
CHAMPIONSHIP JUBILEE LEAGUE: Glasgow v Edinburgh 3pm
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: Mildenhall v Kent 3pm