BOMBER'S RUSSIAN MISSION
Great Britain racer Chris Harris insists he’s ready to put in the miles to Togliatti to regain his FIM Speedway Grand Prix spot.
The Cornishman, who stars in today’s season-opening Ben Fund Bonanza meeting at Glasgow (2pm), lost his World Championship place at the end of last year after finishing 15th overall.
The triple British champion hasn’t given up on his SGP dream, though, and has already set his sights on winning a place in the GP Challenge at Russian race track Togliatti on August 19, where the top three riders earn qualification for the 2018 series.
"I don’t look at getting into the Grand Prix as a money-making thing. I’m still hungry to be in the Grand Prix series. When that stops, I’ll look at other things to do."
- Chris Harris
And despite the 2,500-mile drive from his Coventry base to the event, the marathon trek wouldn’t deter the 34-year-old if he gets through the quarter final and semis.
He said: “I’m definitely keen – I don’t mind going to Russia. If I can get there, I’ll be there. That’s not a problem.
“I have never been worried about the journey; I didn’t know they were even helping out with the travel expenses, which I’m told they are. I don’t look at getting into the Grand Prix as a money-making thing. I’m still hungry to be in the Grand Prix series. When that stops, I’ll look at other things to do.
“Hopefully I can fight my way back into the World Cup side and Rosco will give me a chance to do the Grand Prix qualifiers.”
Harris is joined by Steve and Richie Worrall, Lewis Bridger, Ben Barker, Ricky Wells, Claus Vissing, Thomas Jorgensen, Aaron Summers, Kevin Doolan, James Sarjeant, David Howe, Richard Lawson, Stuart Robson, Max Clegg and Nike Lunna at Glasgow today.
And he can’t wait to race in British speedway’s traditional season opener, which raises cash for riders temporarily or permanently sidelined by racing injuries.
“I am looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s a good day out for racing at the start of the season and it’s a good cause. I’ll help out as much as I can. While I can do it and I am available, I’ll keep supporting it.”
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