Nicol focuses on himself on big weekend of racing

Sheffield Tigers ace Broc Nicol insists he’s nearing full confidence ahead of a huge weekend.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 12:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th June 2019, 12:09 am
Sheffield Tigers' Broc Nicol. Picture: Taylor Lanning

Tomorrow at Owlerton, Tigers host Championship leaders Leicester (5.30) where the home side can move to within two points with a victory.

But Nicol’s focus is currently on a big night individually in Glasgow.

The American has received a late call up to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualifier where he’ll mix it with the likes of current GP star Niels-Kristian Iversen, former World Champion Chris Holder and British Champ Robert Lambert.

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Nicol says he can go and enjoy the experience and ride without any pressure on his shoulders, and is backing himself to spring a surprise or two here or there.

“Everything is going pretty good at the moment,” Nicol said.

“Don’t get me wrong there are still a few things I need to work on; I seem to be throwing away a couple of points every meeting that I probably shouldn’t be and I just need to stop that from happening.

“I had a good one at reserve last weekend at Sheffield and then I moved into the main body of the team at Birmingham on Wednesday. I got a couple more wins under my belt and things feel like they’re starting to go my way a little bit after a bit of a disappointing start to the season.”

He added: “I’m feeling comfortable out there again and my scores are starting to improve which is obviously important too.

“I can go into this qualifier with no pressure on me; there will be plenty of other riders who are fancied to go through a lot more than me so I can just go there, try and enjoy it and take something out of the experience.

“Then it’s on to Sunday in what is a pretty big meeting for Sheffield.

“Leicester have been winning almost everywhere; they’ve got a very solid team and we already know how they can ride at Sheffield.

“So we’re going to have to step it up a level as a team and rise to the occasion as they say.”

SHEFFIELD: Danny King, Drew Kemp, Ty Proctor, Broc Nicol, Kyle Howarth, Zaine Kennedy, Josh MacDonald.

LEICESTER: Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Josh Bates, Ryan Douglas, Richie Worrall, Jack Thomas, Connor Mountain.