Gremlins are a thing of the past for Owlerton speed king Richard

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SHEFFIELD skipper Richard Hall is confident he’s solved the mechanical issues that have disrupted his start to the season.

Hall has had a decent start to the year and has immediately shown that he can win races at Owlerton, but has suffered from bike gremlins along the way.

That came to the fore last Thursday when he retired from his last ride, allowing Workington to race to a match-winning 5-1.

But the North Yorkshire born racer practiced after the meeting on Thursday and now feels he has solved his problems.

He said: “I had a carburettor problem and that was why I stopped in my last ride against Workington. It’s a shame because it cost us the meeting really, but that’s just how speedway goes sometimes and there isn’t anything you can do about it.

“I practiced afterwards on the same bike and just swapped the ‘carbs’ over and the bike seemed to be alright. I’m fairly sure that it’s all sorted now but I’ve got to get it in the workshop and just make sure. I think it’s all okay now though.”

Three defeats in three for the Tigers have left fans questioning the strength of

the side, and Hall knows this week’s home and away clashes with Redcar (at Owlerton on Thursday, at Redcar on Good Friday) now carry great significance.

He said: “Redcar look to have a good team and it’s going to be tough. It’s important that we get the win on Thursday at home and then it would be nice to go there and get a positive result on Friday.

“Obviously it’s a bit of a grudge match for me personally because I’m a local boy to there, so I’m looking forward to trying to get some wins for Sheffield.”