Harris hoping Team GB can 'surprise a few' at this weekend's Speedway World Cup Final - The Rugby Observer

Harris hoping Team GB can 'surprise a few' at this weekend's Speedway World Cup Final

SPEEDWAY: BOROUGH-based speedway rider Chris Harris is hoping Great Britain can surprise a few people when they head to Poland for the World Cup Final after clinching victory in event one at the Adrian Flux Arena last weekend.

Harris is back in the national team after missing out last year in what was a disappointing year for the British racer.

However a move to Rye House in the winter has seemed to reignite his career on the international stage.

The 34-year-old warmed up for the World Cup by scoring a 15-point maximum for the Rockets at King’s Lynn in May which showed Great Britain Team Manager Alun Rossiter the threat he can be.

Harris told the Observer: “Being at Rye House this year has been great and everything has been going well so I’m enjoying my racing again which is good.

“I’m pleased to be back in the Great Britain team, to miss out last year was disappointing but I was pleased to score 13 points last Saturday.

“I would’ve liked to have got a full-maximum like you would in every match, but it was more about having a good team performance and getting straight through to the final which is the main thing.

“We came to King’s Lynn to get the win and that is what we did. We are very pleased and we can have a day off on Friday watching the race-off.

“Everyone played their part, everyone rode well and the team spirit was good, it was a great performance. The track was great; Buster did a great job like always so we were just able to enjoy it and race.

“It’s going to be tough out in Poland but we have got a good bunch of lads and I can’t see why we cannot go out there and create a few surprises.

“Leszno is a tricky track but it’s fun when you’re fast and it’s great to ride, hopefully we will have some speed and we will see what happens on Saturday.”

The World Cup continued on Tuesday evening in Vastervik as Sweden defeated Russia to advance to Saturday’s final while Latvia caused one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history by beating Denmark to the flag to advance to Friday’s race-off.

The race-off takes place on Friday night between Australia, USA, Russia, and Latvia – with the top team advancing to Saturday’s final in Leszno between Poland, Team GB, and Sweden.

Picture: Jeff Davies.

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