Sheffield bosses say the appearance of Chris Harris on Thursday week will add sparkle to the British semi-final at Owlerton.
Harris finished runner-up in the abandoned Polish Grand Prix in Warsaw last week. And Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates reckons Harris could have gone on to win the event had it gone the distance. He’s also backing Tigers’ Andre Compton and Jason Garrity to do well in the semi on May 7 with seven places up for grabs for the final at Wolverhampton on June 15.
He said: “We’re all saddened to see Simon Stead’s hopes of British title glory hit by injury, but in our semi-final we have Andre Compton, who has made a fine comeback to the sport, and new signing Jason Garrity. And we’re looking forward to welcoming Chris Harris.”
“We don’t see him at Owlerton too often and it’s nice for a Grand Prix rider to appear on this stage.
“I wasn’t surprised to see him do so well in the opening GP in Warsaw, in fact I reckon he could have won that meeting had it continued!
“It should be a great night and the competition for the top seven will be intense.”
Former World Champion Tai Woffinden will appear in the other semi-final at King’s Lynn on May 20.
DRAW: 1 Richie Worrall (Somerset), 2 Edward Kennett (Lakeside/Rye House), 3 David Howe (Scunthorpe), 4 Ashley Morris (King’s Lynn/Plymouth), 5 Ashley Birks (Lakeside/Sheffield), 6 Lewis Blackbird (Wolverhampton/Peterborough), 7 Richard Lawson (Lakeside/Glasgow), 8 Ritchie Hawkins (Ipswich), 9 Adam Ellis (Lakeside/Birmingham), 10 Chris Harris (Coventry), 11 Paul Starke (Poole/Somerset), 12 Andre Compton (Sheffield), 13 Stuart Robson (Coventry/Redcar), 14 Jason Garrity (Coventry/Sheffield), 15 Ben Barker (Berwick), 16 Josh Auty (Leicester/Scunthorpe). Reserves: Josh Bates (Sheffield/Wolverhampton), Oliver Greenwood (Peterborough).