Red hot Tai will spice up city track this evening

Tai Woffinden, foreground
Tai Woffinden, foreground
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British Grand Prix star Tai Woffinden is looking to continue his blistering run of form when he makes a rare appearance at Owlerton tonight (7.45).

Woffinden arrives for the British Semi-Final on the back of a storming display in the European Grand Prix at the weekend when he notched 14pts and finished fourth. He followed that up with a new track record and a 15pt maximum for Polish club Wroclaw on Sunday before returning to the UK to score another full house for Wolverhampton in their Elite League thumping of Eastbourne.

But he insists he will be keeping his feet on the ground tonight as he looks for one of seven qualifying spots for the British Final at Wolves on May 13. And he says it’s always nice to race at Owlerton because of a long family ties with Tigers owner Neil Machin.

Said Woffinden: “Neil was good mates with my Dad and he’s someone I know really well so it’s always good to ride at Sheffield. It’s a big, fast track so it should be a good meeting. My form is pretty amazing at the moment so hopefully I can keep that going and make it through to the final safely. After coming so close the last couple of years I’m desperate to win the British Final this year, but I must do well at Sheffield to make it through.”

LINE-UP: Chris Schramm (Plymouth), Scott Nicholls (Coventry), Jason Garrity (Rye House), Ben Barker (Birmingham/Ipswich), David Howe (Scunthorpe), Olly Allen (Rye House), Lee Smart (Stoke), Ashley Birks (Swindon/Scunthorpe), Lewis Bridger (Lakeside), Richard Hall (Sheffield), Joe Haines (Sheffield), Josh Auty (Birmingham/Scunthorpe), Woffinden (Wolverhampton), Robert Mear (Lakeside), Simon Stead (King’s Lynn/Sheffield), Kyle Newman (Somerset).