SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Top meeting called off

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THE Premier League Riders Championship was just yet another victim of the British weather as the showpiece meeting at Owlerton was abandoned last night.

The weather forecast showed no rain due until eight o’clock, and with a start time of 5pm it looked like the meeting would go ahead with few problems.

However, the downpour started almost as soon as the riders put their helmets on for the first head and got consistently heavier until a break in action was called after four races. With the track getting wetter and wetter, and visibility remaining poor for the riders, a decision was eventually made to call it off.

“Ultimately the riders felt it was too dangerous for them to race competitively, they would have raced had the rain eased off because the track wasn’t too bad, but it didn’t show any sign of changing after 45 minutes and in the end we had to make a decision,” said Tigers promoter David Hoggart.

“We got to a situation where the track was so wet and slippery that it would have taken a lot of work to make it race-able again.”

Hoggart, who also organises BSPA shared events, added: “We got the biggest crowd we’ve had since March in and they all came to see a top class speedway meeting and then the weather blows it to bits.”

A re-staging date has yet to be confirmed.