Updated: Thursday, 6th August 2020 @ 6:47am

Belle Vue Ace Harris to lead out British speedway team at World Cup for third time

Belle Vue Ace Harris to lead out British speedway team at World Cup for third time

By Steven Oldham

Belle Vue Aces’ rider Chris Harris has again been named captain of the Great Britain team ahead of Monday’s Speedway World Cup fixture in King’s Lynn.

Harris, 29, will lead out the four-strong team as Team GB take on World Champions Poland in a group that also includes Russia and the Czech Republic.

The Truro-born rider, who also competes in the domestic leagues in Poland and Sweden, is understandably proud at being named as captain for the third successive year.

 He said: “Being captain is a great honour and it’s a job I take seriously.”

Harris, in his first season with the Kirkmanshulme Lane team, will be partnered by British champion, Swindon’s Scott Nicholls.

Wolverhampton’s Tai Woffinden will also ride for Great Britain. Ben Barker and Eddie Kennett complete the team.

He is enthusiastic about the future of the GB team.

“Our future lies with the younger ones,” he said, before adding: “They have to be given their chance in World Cup speedway.”

Chris knows that in his position as captain other racers will be looking to him for advice, but he will be ready for this.

“I’ll do my best to pass on to the younger riders what I can about what World Cup racing means.”

Great Britain are looking to better last year’s fourth place overall, when they finished only two points behind bronze medal winners Sweden.

The winner of the King’s Lynn fixture will automatically qualify for the final in Gorzow, Poland, with the teams second and third competing in a race off to make the final on July 16.