Big rivalry is planned for city track

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TOP Elite League rivals Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls will make a rare appearance at Sheffield next week.

Both riders have been drawn in the Owlerton staging of the British Semi-Final on May 19. And that means the top two Brits will be on track aiming for a place in the top seven to guarantee a spot in next month’s British Final at Wolverhampton.

In a mouthwatering line-up, Tigers duo Ricky Ashworth and Josh Auty are also included along with former Owlerton favourites Paul Cooper and Richard Hall.

Tigers chief Neil Machin said: “The British Final is one of the most prestigious events on the calendar and we have 32 riders in the semis all desperate to get through. From a Sheffield perspective we are once again delighted to be staging a semi-final. There is a lot of interest and we will be looking to do the meeting justice with our presentation and atmosphere. Every point is vital, particularly if you are sat on six or seven going into your last ride the pressure is on to make the cut so we should see some fast and furious action.” The other semi takes place at Scunthorpe on Friday and includes Sheffield-based Simon Stead and former Grand Prix star Tai Woffinden.

Tigers are preparing for Thursday’s home Knockout Cup tie with Edinburgh. They look to build a lead for the return leg.