Skipper promises to give it his Hall in showpiece event

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SHEFFIELD skipper Richard Hall believes he can challenge for a top three place in Sunday’s re-arranged Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton.

Hall was reportedly a lone voice amongst the riders in wanting to continue when the initial attempt to run the meeting three weeks ago was hit by rain and abandoned after four heats.

But despite a heavy crash whilst guesting for Scunthorpe last week, he’s looking to make his mark in the event, and he is optimistic that he has his set-up in place after a strong performance against Rye House last Thursday.

Hall blew an engine on its stand just 15-minutes before the start, but a replacement was fitted by mid-meeting and he then reeled off three wins.

Hall said: “I’ll just get out there and do my best. I’m aiming for a rostrum place and that would be amazing.

“Obviously it’s a big field in the PLRC and I’m not really classed as a No 1; I’m only the second heat-leader at Sheffield, but I’m privileged to be in the meeting. I’m just going to take it as a normal meeting and I know I’ve beaten a lot of No 1s around Sheffield.

“I tried a few different things with my engine against Rye and it was working, so if it performs like that in the PLRC then I’ll be happy.”

Hall faces tough competition in the showpiece event, which gets underway at 1pm, with the in-form Craig Cook now back to fitness, and the likes of Josh Auty, Jason Doyle, Richard Lawson and Ryan Fisher all likely to be major contenders.

Tigers’ Premier Challenge Trophy fixture at home to Ipswich yesterday was called off at lunchtime as the club took advice from a severe weather warning.

Their next match in the competition is at Rye House tomorrow. Tigers have drawn and lost so far and are unlikely to go further in the tournament.