Tigers star Jason Garrity handed tricky start to Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton

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Jason Garrity has been handed a tricky start to the Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton next month.

Garrity will be Sheffield’s representative in the showpiece event on Sunday, September 6 and he goes in the third heat against fellow Owlerton specialist Brady Kurtz who will start as one of the favourites for the prestigious title.

But Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates says there is no need for Garrity to feel intimidated by the calibre of opposition.

He said: “Jason can beat anyone on his day, he’s proved that time and again this year both with ourselves and with Coventry in the Elite League.

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him pop out and win his first race, that’s what he’s like! I’m sure he will have plenty of support.

“The line-up is fantastic, it’s got to be the strongest and most attractive PLRC line-up for years and I’m personally looking forward to it.”

Garrity is a fitness worry for Sheffield’s clash with Scunthorpe at Owlerton tomorrow after suffering a knee injury at Coventry last week.

Meanwhile, Josh Bates is expected to line up for Wolverhampton at Belle Vue tonight and as long as he comes through unscathed he will be available for Tigers tomorrow.

Brady Kurtz, who will represent Somerset in the Premier League Riders’ Championship, has been booked to guest for Simon Stead for the fifth time this season.

PLRC DRAW: Robert Lambert (Peterborough), Richard Lawson (Glasgow), Nick Morris (Glasgow), Danny King (Ipswich), Steve Worrall (Newcastle), Craig Cook (Edinburgh), Ricky Wells (Workington), Sam Masters (Edinburgh), Matej Kus (Redcar), Thomas Jorgensen (Berwick), Brady Kurtz (Somerset), Jason Garrity (Sheffield), Josh Grajczonek (Somerset), Ryan Douglas (Scunthorpe), Kyle Newman (Plymouth), Edward Kennett (Rye House).