Owlerton a major attraction for Bates

Damien Bates
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Sheffield promoter Damien Bates says Owlerton continues to be the right place for speedway’s major events to be staged.

The Tigers were disappointed when the Championship Riders’ Individual - formerly the PLRC - was allocated to Glasgow for this season after many successful runnings in South Yorkshire, with the meeting always attracting a big crowd and being well organised.

But they still ended up on the roster for showpiece events when the SGB Championship Pairs was postponed at Somerset during the summer on British Grand Prix weekend.

With the majority of sides in the league being Northern-based, Sheffield stepped in for the re-staging and therefore host the event tomorrow (3pm) with all ten clubs involved.

Bates said: “It is a big honour for Sheffield Speedway to be staging a meeting of this calibre.

“It was a shame the original staging at Somerset was washed out because it’s always a big night at the Oak Tree Arena, with a bumper crowd ahead of the Cardiff Grand Prix.

“But when the BSPA was looking for a venue to stage the event, we had no qualms about stepping in.

“It was disappointing that we didn’t have a Major Event allocated this year at what we feel is one of the best stadiums and tracks in the land, especially with the Championship Riders’ showpiece going to Glasgow.

“Hopefully it will be back here before long because, like the Pairs at Somerset, it had become a highlight of the season, with fans able to get here from all over the country.

“We have some terrific riders hunting the crown tomorrow. Naturally, we are hoping for a home win with Kyle Howarth and Lasse Bjerre.”

The Tigers host Leicester on Monday in the first leg of the promotion/relegation race-off, with a place in the 2018 Premiership at stake.