TIGERS reserve Ashley Birks has revealed how Great Britain star Tai Woffinden played a major part in getting him into speedway.
Birks has made a sound start to his Sheffield career with a string of impressive scores.
Yet he admits none of it would have been possible but for the influence of Woffinden who persuaded him to have a go at the shale sport.
He said: “I’ve only been riding speedway for a year and a half and I’m enjoying every minute of it. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and it’s brilliant the way things are going for me. I got into speedway because my dad rode for Stoke and my brother was working for Tai and I’d always been around the sport.
“I put a lot of effort into riding moto-cross wasn’t getting anything back and was asked by Tai and my brother if I fancied a go at speedway. Next thing I came back off holiday and they’d got me a bike, which was sitting there in the garage.
“I went to a few training schools with Louis Carr, who’s been with me since day one, at Scunthorpe and I got the feeling for it. To ride Premier League in only my second year is tremendous. I’ve got the team place at Sheffield and now I want to keep it. That’s my aim.
“To ride for my home city is brilliant and I hope it will bring me on in the National League because I’m doubling up with Scunthorpe-Sheffield this year.”
Birks will be looking for a good score again on Thursday when Somerset visit Owlerton. The Rebels are fresh from two wins over strongly fancied Ipswich and are sure to test Sheffield’s home record.