Battle of the big-name Brits

TEN British titles, 185 Grand Prix, 1,200 world championship points, 26 team trophies and three World Cup medals.

They’re the stats that make Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls two of Britain’s most successful speedway riders of all time.

Now they’re set to reignite their legendary rivalry as they go head-to-head at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium.

Harris’s Glasgow take on Nicholls’ Peterborough in a tasty SGB Championship tie tomorrow night.

It’s thought to be the first time the duo – whose fierce battles for British dominance over the last 15 years have captivated the nation – will have raced in the same meeting on the track.

And with the pair set for up to three heats against each other in the course of the match, the Tigers’ David Facenna says there will be guaranteed thrills.

“Chris and Scott have had remarkable careers – they’re still household names and top-class riders,” he said.

“For years, no one could touch them in the British Championship and they spearheaded Britain’s challenge on the world stage, resulting in a World Cup silver, two bronzes and a British Grand Prix gold.

Harris leads Nicholls in the 2010 Elite League Riders’ Championship

“It’s an honour to have them both racing in Glasgow. Although we’re hoping to see Chris come out on top, I think we’ll enjoy the battles regardless.

 

“With Scott’s TV work as a pundit for BT Sport, maybe he’ll see the show we put on here and have the cameras return north of the border!”

But while the spotlight might fall on the former Team GB stars, Facenna says tomorrow’s match and Sunday’s visit to Peterborough could have a huge influence on the Tigers’ season.

“Both teams have got ambitions to win the league and these sort of meetings are massive for our play-off hopes,” he said.

“With Peterborough in third and us in fourth, we could go above them. I know it’s early days but that can lay down a marker for the rest of the campaign.

“We’re confident we can perform again after we came out all guns blazing last weekend and our boys are right up for two really exciting meetings.”

Tapes up is at 7.30pm.