Big Night For The Brits


Belle Vue skipper, Craig Cook, says that his field of opponents in the tonight’s 2017 ‘Integro’ British Final will not influence his approach to the meeting as he bids to claim victory at his home track.
 
The 30-year old has been forced to accept the silver medal for three consecutive years after just missing out on top spot, though two of those occasions still afforded him the British SGP wildcard.


2016 British Final Podium
 
Tai Woffinden dominated the competition between 2013-2015, but as a permanent GP rider in his latter two victories the honour of the No.16 wildcard spot was passed down to the runner up, Cook.
 
Last year he fell just short of the gold medal to worthy winner Danny King but this year he insists he can go one step better - in front of his home crowd no less - to claim the title of Britain’s best.
 
Cook said: “Obviously it would be a fantastic achievement to be British Champion, especially after coming second three years in a row and you can be certain that’s the sole reason I’m in there.
 
“I don’t know the whole field this year and I’m not too bothered to be honest. It’s no disrespect to them. They all deserve to be in there but the name game does nothing to change my approach.
 
“Every rider is there to give 100%. The British Final always produces good racing no matter who is involved, as does the Belle Vue track so I think we’ll be in for a great night of racing all round.
 
“With the way I'm riding, I don’t think that anything will throw me off my game. I’ve proved a lot of people wrong already this season. This could just be the next step in my career progression.”
 
Meanwhile, Steve Worrall says he’s anxious to prove himself in the 2017 Integro British Final at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium after being drawn 9th for the star-studded event.
 
Rentruck Aces captain, Craig Cook, who is equally determined to take the glory of Britain after two years as the UK’s second seed, was drawn 14th in the biggest meeting on the national calendar.
 
Competing against them is a host of huge names, including seven-time British Champion Scott Nicholls, three-time British Champion Chris Harris and defending British Champion Danny King.
 
But the scale of the competition does nothing to intimidate the Belle Vue No.2 and says it offers the perfect opportunity to measure his progress this year, when compared to that of the 2016 season.
 
Worrall said: “I’ll definitely be looking to improve on last year’s result. It’s one of my goals for this season, and with it being my home track I’ll be going into it much more confident than ever.
 
“I'm in there to get a good result, whether that means at minimum a podium finish or to outright win. I came fourth last year, one short of the top three which was an achievement in itself.
 
“But I want to see progress. A powerful field motivates me. It’s a good mental yardstick and going into this meeting on my home track is another big plus for me, because I ride it very well.”
 
“Whatever happens, this is the British Final. Everyone’s in it to win it. There's some huge names so I’m sure we can expect equally big races and performances for all involved. I honestly can’t wait.”
 
Tickets are still available for the Integro British Final, online and via the ticket office from 5pm. For full pricing, visit www.bellevuespeedway.co.
 
2017 ‘INTEGRO’ BRITISH FINAL - 7:30PM - IND - MONDAY JUNE 19
 
Carl Wilkinson, Danny King, Ben Barker, Jason Garrity, Lewis Rose, Kyle Howarth, Lewis Kerr, Chris Harris, Steve Worrall, Richard Lawson, Paul Starke, Stuart Robson, Richie Worrall, Craig Cook, Scott Nicholls, Rory Schlein; RESERVES: Jack Smith, Andy Mellish

Monday 19th June 2017