Chain pain for Harris and Tigers

CHRIS Harris admitted Glasgow’s third-place finish at the Championship Fours today was a tough result to take.

The Tigers star suffered an engine failure in the final race at Redcar to end his team’s hopes of taking the title.

Harris needed to win with Peterborough’s Scott Nicholls running a last to go into a race-off with the Panthers for first place.

And with ‘Bomber’ in front and Nicholls third, there was a chance of that result.

However the Glasgow man’s chain snapped on the final lap, ending any chances of them winning the Fours for the first time in their history.

The Tigers had managed to build huge momentum going into the final of the meeting, winning their final four races in the qualifiers – including a run-off with two other teams, which Harris won – following a sluggish start.

The Glasgow captain said: “I’m obviously gutted. I was leading the last race and although Scott was getting the point to win it for Peterborough, he could have been passed to give us a run-off for the title.

“But it just wasn’t to be for us. It was a brand new chain as well, just put it on at the start of the meeting. You need luck in meetings like this and it deserted us today.

“We gave it our all. We had an awful start but built some momentum and it felt good once we made the final, I fancied our chances.

“Peterborough looked like they were going to sneak it but we had a big chance until the chain broke on me. It’s a tough one to take for us all.”

The Panthers’ win on 22 points was their second in the competition in as many years, with Edinburgh finishing second on 19, Glasgow third on 17 and Lakeside fourth on 14.

Tigers scorers: Qualifying – Chris Harris 4, Lewis Kerr 4, Claus Vissing 3, Richie Worrall 2. Final – Harris 5, Kerr 5, Vissing 4, Worrall 3.