Simon Stead has won a sensational call-up for Great Britain’s Worlds Cup meeting at King’s Lynn later this month.
The Tigers star has been rewarded for a fine run of form, both at Premier and Elite League level, by getting the nod for the showpiece event on July 26.
He will race alongside world champion Tai Woffinden, Chris Harris and Danny King in the GB side who aim to win the meeting to head straight through to the final in Poland.
GB manager Alun Rossiter says Stead fully deserves his call into the side.
“I’ve picked the team on current form and Simon deserves to be in there, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
“He’s also got experience and I believe he will love the conditions and the atmosphere at King’s Lynn, he admits it’s a track he likes racing on.
“I’ve looked at his scores and had a long chat with him and he is up for it, in fact I spent time with him in Cardiff at the Grand Prix at the weekend and he was so happy you could tell how proud he was.”
The news represents a fantastic comeback for Stead who, 13 months ago, crashed in practice and suffered a badly broken leg.
But the Owlerton skipper worked overtime in the winter to get his fitness back and has spent hours in the gym and in boxing training with Sheffield legend Ryan Rhodes.
Great Britain face USA and Australia at the Norfolk Arena and a massive crowd is expected with fans urged to arrive early.
Rossiter he will also take Craig Cook of Workington.