DAVID Hoggart has sung the praises of struggling reserve Chris Schramm.
The Sheffield joint boss played a major part in tempting Schramm back to the club after he quit last week following a torrid run of bike problems.
That led to the British racer initially calling time on his season, and possibly career, due to the impossibility of replacing the equipment.
But former Tigers man Chris Mills came to the rescue and Schramm has been able to continue racing for the Owlerton side.
Schramm notched paid-10 in Thursday’s defeat to Berwick, on the borrowed machinery, and Hoggart admits he couldn’t fail to be impressed by the attitude and application of his reserve.
“Chris absolutely rode his heart out for us on Thursday, as he has ever since he signed for us, and he was rewarded with what I think was his best ever performance as a Sheffield rider,” said Hoggart.
“I was trying to give him as many rides as possible because the guy needs the money to replace all the equipment that has gone on him this year.
“We tried to give him as many opportunities to earn some money as we could but he was making it easy for us with the way he was riding.
“When he rides like he did on Thursday, it’s not hard to give him extra rides, he looked very good. He was a bit unfortunate with a fall otherwise he could’ve had more points than the 10 he ended up with.
“We were disappointed with the performance overall but we have absolutely no complaints over Schrammy because he just gave it everything. He’s had a tough year but he never gives less than 100 per cent and his attitude is just incredible.”
Meanwhile Tigers are sweating on the fitness of British Under 21 Champion Joe Haines for the remaining weeks of the season.
Haines is heading to hospital on Monday for X-rays on his wrist problem and hopes to get the green light to make a quick Tigers comeback.