Sheffield speedway: track stars unite for Ricky Ashworth

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Grand Prix racer Chris Harris is keen to see plenty of money raised for stricken racer Ricky Ashworth at his benefit meeting this month.

Harris, who won the British Grand Prix in 2007, is back in the series this year after going through the GP Challenge meeting. And he will be at Owlerton for ‘Ricky’s Big Day’ on March 22, as the sport unites in a bid to raise money for the brain-damaged former Tigers star. Said Harris: “I’m looking forward to riding in the meeting for Ricky up at Sheffield. It’s a great cause, and hopefully we can raise loads of money to help him.

“It’s extremely sad what has happened to him and it’s a bit of a reminder as to how dangerous speedway is. It could happen to any of us, so like all the riders I’m happy to help out by riding in his meeting.

“Sheffield is a fast track so there should be some good racing, and hopefully it ends up being a great meeting.”

Harris has been busy arranging his own testimonial at Coventry the week after Ashworth’s meeting, March 29.

He said: “It’s strange to be in a testimonial year myself, but I still feel my best says are ahead of me. I can do more in my career for sure.”

Wolves trio Peter Karlsson, Freddie Lindgren and Jacob Thorssell are all included in the line-up and Poole star Davey Watt was also added last week.

A bumper crowd is expected for the meeting which starts at 5pm and there has been a lot of interest from supporters in all parts of the country.

Tigers open their League Cup campaign at Owlerton the following Thursday, March 26, when they face rivals Scunthorpe.

The club hold their press and practice day next Thursday, March 19.