Sheffield: Richard Hall systems go for Sheffield Tigers skipper

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SHEFFIELD ace Richard Hall could have the best weekend of his career as he carries the city’s hopes in the Premier League Riders’ Championship tomorrow (5pm).

The Tigers skipper battles with 15 of the league’s top riders for the biggest prize in second-tier racing, but not before he makes a mad dash to get back to Owlerton!

Hall is racing in the Grand Prix challenge longtrack event in the Czech Republic on Saturday looking to qualify for next year’s series, and he needs a top six finish in the 18-man event.

The Yorkshire racer will then fly back to England, where he will head to Owlerton and attempt to bring the silverware back to Sheffield.

“My meeting in Czecho is at one o’clock on Saturday afternoon and then I go to Prague and my flight to Gatwick is at 8.35am on Sunday. From there it’s about a three hour drive for me to get to Sheffield, so it shouldn’t be a problem,” said Hall.

“All my bikes are being prepared by (ex-Sheffield man) Joel Parsons and he’ll get them all ready, I’ll just turn up and jump on them. It’s a good thing to be honest; sometimes with a big meeting you can think too much and you end up overdoing it.

“I’m literally going to get there, have a look at the track with my team and ride my bike. I’ve got a great engine for the meeting and my form is good, so we’ll wait and see.”

Referring to the longtrack meeting, Hall Hall admits it is a discipline which he throughly enjoys, saying: “I do have a lot of fun with the longtrack stuff and I’m serious about it for next year, hence the reason I’m trying to get in to the Grand Prix series.

“It’s a big meeting; you have to be in the top six to qualify so it’ll be hard. I’ve not got the easiest weekend ahead of me really! Hopefully I can come back to Sheffield after getting the right result in the longtrack meeting, and then I want to make the final in the PLRC.

“I’ll have the fans behind me on my home track and I want to give them something to cheer about. If everything goes to plan this weekend I might treat myself to a few beers on Sunday night that’s for sure.”

n LINE-UP: Lanham (Ipswich), Mellgren (Rye House), Morris (Scunthorpe), Doyle (Somerset), Robson (Newcastle), Alden (Berwick), Hall (Sheffield), Cook (Edinburgh), Fisher (Plymouth), Barker (Plymouth), Ostergaard (Redcar), Auty (Scunthorpe), Nieminen (Leicester), Lawson (Workington), Grajczonek (Glasgow), Bjerre (Leicester).