SHEFFIELD TIGERS: ‘Sensational’ Richard Hall is ready for showpiece event at home stadium

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RICHARD Hall knows exactly what a tough task he has ahead of him on Sunday as he carries Sheffield’s hopes in the Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton (5pm).

The Tigers skipper replaced team-mate Pepe Franc in the line-up for the showpiece event, but will start as an outsider in a field of the best riders in Britain’s second tier.

The Yorkshireman, 28, said: “I was pleased to get the phone call telling me I am in but it’s going to be a very hard meeting. It’s the 16 best riders in the league but I’ve beaten everybody already at Owlerton at one time or another.

“I’ve been in good form the last couple of weeks so I’m going into it with confidence.

“I’ve got an engine that I love using at Sheffield and I know my stuff is fast enough so it’s down to me.”

Surprisingly for a long-time Premier League heat leader, Sunday will be Hall’s first time in the PLRC - and he admits it would be a dream to win on his maiden appearance.

He said: “I’ve never qualified for it through the averages so this will be my debut, of course I’d love to win it. It’s in front of my home fans and on my home track, it would be amazing to get on the podium.”

Meanwhile Sheffield owner Neil Machin feels the Tigers will be well represented by their skipper. He said: “Richard can be sensational at Owlerton and really can beat the very best, I’m certain that he will give his everything.”