Sheffield speedway: Jason’s ‘perfect day’

Jason Garrity in the lead
Jason Garrity in the lead
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Jason Garrity has described his appearance in the British Grand Prix at Cardiff as ‘the perfect day’.

Garrity went to the Millennium Stadium as track reserve but when Australian ace Troy Batchelor was ruled out he got his chance.

Sadly he didn’t cover himself in glory as he was excluded for bringing down fellow British ace Robert Lambert in front of 40,000 fans – but nobody was hurt. And the Sheffield man said: “I’m just so happy to have taken my place in the line-up and to get a ride there made it the perfect day for me. I’m just so happy with everything that’s going on this season, the way it’s working out for me is awesome with both Coventry in the Elite and Sheffield in the Premier.

“I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped me get this far and going to Cardiff and a stadium like that has made me realise I want to go back again – but in the main meeting rather than reserve. I was also in the same race as Nicki Pedersen. He’s may favourite rider so it was a dream come true for me, not only to be alongside him in the pits but to be in the same race as him.

“I just want to learn from the experience, build on it and go back for more in the future. That’s the aim.”

Sheffield have booked Craig Cook, the wildcard at Cardiff, to guest tomorrow in place of the injured Simon Stead when Berwick visit Owlerton on Premier League business. Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Craig did really well for seven points in Cardiff and we are only too pleased to welcome him into the Sheffield team as a guest for Simon.

“It just shows we are determined to keep our play-off push going and hopefully Craig can give us that boost against Berwick.

“As for replacing Ash Birks, we will have to look very closely at that because we cannot go the rest of the season missing two riders, I get the feeling we have to do something there.”