HOLDER'S HOME ADVANTAGE?
Aussie racer Chris Holder hopes King’s Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena will prove a far less fearsome home track after dreading his visits as an away rider.
The Norfolk circuit, which stages Event 1 of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup on July 1, has established itself as one of Britain’s finest tracks, with a raft of racing lines.
Australia head there in search of Monster Energy SWC Final qualification when they face Great Britain, the USA and the Czech Republic, and new King’s Lynn signing Holder will hope to make the most of his local knowledge.
"King's Lynn is grippy and fast. I remember going there every time as an away rider in the Premier and Elite League and bricking myself all the way there, thinking ‘I hope it’s not too grippy!’"
- Chris Holder
He’s determined to impress for the Stars before then and the Sydneysider admits he’s glad to be heading to the Adrian Flux Arena as a home rider rather than a visitor this year.
The 29-year-old said: “As an away rider, it’s quite a tough track to go to a couple of times a year. It’s quite daunting.
“King's Lynn is grippy and fast. I remember going there every time as an away rider in the Premier and Elite League and bricking myself all the way there, thinking ‘I hope it’s not too grippy!’
“Having it as a home track could be a bit of an advantage and I’m sure the team will do sweet.”
Former world champion Holder appears to be getting back to his very best after finishing fourth in last year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
He remains with Torun in the Polish Ekstraliga and Lejonen in the Swedish Elitserien. And he hopes to continue his progress with King’s Lynn in the UK after making the move from Poole.
He said: “I just want to build on last year. I got back to pretty good form everywhere. It’s probably the best year I’ve had since I won the world title in 2012.
“I escaped injury-free and had a good year in Europe and in the Grand Prix. I was only a few points off the podium, so that was a good comeback, I thought. I’m just sort of building back up to where I want to be. I want to be up the front, scoring a lot of points.”
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