Tomorrow at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena, 16 British hopefuls will battle it out to reach the championship final next month.
The 2013 World champion and defending British champion Tai Woffinden leads a star-studded line-up with seven of Alun Rossiter’s 10-man Team GB World Cup squad included.
Woffinden decided to miss out the British league season this year, but he will be determined to put on a good show in a rare appearance in the UK.
Fellow Team GB squad members Danny King, Craig Cook, Kyle Howarth, Kyle Newman and King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars’ very own Robert Lambert and Lewis Kerr all stand a good chance of going through.
But with seven-times British champion Scott Nicholls aiming to qualify for the final, along with a number of in-form riders, finishing in the top seven will not be an easy task.
Each rider will have five rides on the night, with the top seven after 20 races qualifying for the final at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green stadium on Monday, June 15. They will be joined by the qualifiers from the first semi-final at Sheffield earlier in the month, plus two selected wildcards.
Stars chief Buster Chapman expressed his delight at hosting such an exciting event. He said: “Staging the meeting is a proud moment for the club and myself, and with the line-up we have been drawn, the meeting is set to be an exciting one to watch.
“We have two of our own riders taking part with a host of British talent, it promises to be a great meeting with lots of action on show. Getting into the top seven will not be easy so I am sure all the riders will be giving it their all.”
Gates will open at 6pm on Wednesday with the first race taking place at 7.30pm. Admission prices: Adults £17, concessions £14, juniors £5, under 11 free.
British Championship Semi-final: 1 Robert Lambert (Lynn/Peterborough), 2 James Wright (Unattached), 3 Adam Roynon (Redcar), 4 Craig Cook (Belle Vue/Edinburgh), 5 Stefan Nielsen (Belle Vue/Ipswich), 6 Steve Boxall (Lakeside/Rye House), 7 Steve Worrall (Belle Vue/Newcastle) 8 Danny King (Coventry/Ipswich), 9 Tai Woffinden (Unattached), 10 Kyle Howarth (Swindon/Workington), 11 Carl Wilkinson (Scunthorpe), 12 Kyle Newman (Poole/Plymouth), 13 Lewis Kerr (Lynn/Newcastle), 14 Scott Nicholls (Belle Vue), 15 Leigh Lanham (Somerset), 16 Charles Wright (Swindon/Somerset). Reserves: Lewis Rose (Swindon/Newcastle), Simon Lambert (Leicester/Peterborough).
n Last night, the Stars were without reserve Lewis Kerr at Wolverhampton after he aggravated a hip injury on Sunday racing for Newcastle.
Belle Vue’s Steve Worrall stepped into the Stars side. Wolves were forced into a late change with Freddie Lindgren ruled out. Rider replacement was used for their number one position, while injured racer Tobiasz Musielak was replaced by Coventry’s Danny King.