Bomber Guest Of Honour At Play Off Final At Glasgow
Chris took time off from his preparations for Australia to visit Glasgow last Friday for their PL Play-off final with Edinburgh.
Report from the Glasgow website follows:
Melbourne via Ashfield for GP Star Chris Harris
Published: October 19, 2015
2015 has seen thousands of fans old and new flock to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium to enjoy the new Glasgow Tigers speedway experience.
On Friday night the Tigers delighted to welcome Speedway Grand Prix star Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris to enjoy the first leg of our Premier League Final against the Edinburgh Monarchs.
Chris is due to take part in the final SGP of the 2015 season at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia next Saturday (24th October). However he managed to fit a trip north from his midlands base into an already busy schedule.
It would be fair to say that Chris had noticed some changes since his last visit in 2003 as an opposition rider with the now defunct Trelawney club.
He commented, “The place was in pretty poor shape even back then but what you have now is absolutely fantastic.
“I’ve heard so much about what’s been happening at Glasgow this year and it’s been great to come up and see it for myself.”
Chris is a three time British champion, an Elite League title winner and is looking forward to another season as a Grand Prix rider in 2016 having qualified via the recent GP Challenge in Rybnik, Poland.
He continued, “Lots of other sports have reinvented themselves over the years – just take a look at what Barry Hearn has done with darts. The paying public expect value for money, they want a show.
“On Friday at Glasgow, in addition to the racing there was a light show and fireworks along with mascots. It was a proper event, something for all the family and not just 15 heats of racing.”
As well as meeting the Tigers’ romantically linked mascots, Roary and Roxy, Chris found time to hang in the pits and offer help to the home riders, including Coventry team mate James Sarjeant. The Tigers ran out 48-41 winners in the 1st leg.
As Chris watched the stadium fill up well before start time did he wish he was out there?
“I’m a racer and I love to race,” he enthused.
"The atmosphere was absolutely electric and I’d have loved to be out there. As a rider, racing in front of a capacity crowd gets the hairs on the back of your neck standing up!”
Chris kindly posed for numerous photographs and signed autographs for fans as they left the stadium. We wish him the very best of luck down under for this weekend and for his testimonial season in 2016.
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