CHRIS Harris has admitted he’s desperate to get his season going – after having his Glasgow debut put off FOUR times.
The 35-year-old missed the opener against Edinburgh due to the birth of his daughter Amara-Mae at the end of March.
He had been due to take his bow in the red and white the following week in Armadale but it was rained off.
Then two meetings against Workington also succumbed to the weather at the weekend.
That’s on top of three postponements and an abandonment with his Premiership club Rye House.
The former Grand Prix star says he hasn’t known a start to a season quite like it – with dozens of fixtures across the country suffering.
And while some extra time with the family has been nice, he’s spent hours in the workshop in anticipation of going racing.
He hopes to finally take to track this weekend, at home to Berwick on Friday before a trip to Shielfield Park on Saturday.
He said: “It’s been frustrating. But there’s no point in trying to run a meeting with bad weather, it affects the crowds and the racing.
“I’ve never had a start to a season like this – it’s a new one for me. I’m just having to take every day as it comes.
“It has been nice in a way because I’ve been able to spend more time with the family.
“But my focus is still there and I’m good to go. I’ve kept tinkering in the workshop the odd day here and there to keep myself busy.”
Harris kept a close eye on his team-mates’ efforts in the Scottish Cup first leg, and was impressed by the 50-40 scoreline – particularly by the efforts of 18-year-old reserve Jack Thomas, who scored seven.
“It just shows the potential Jack has got,” said Harris.
“But knows that he’s come into a team where he isn’t expected to score double figures – he’s there to do what he can, get experience and learn from the others.
“Like everyone he’ll want to go out and win races. He’s young, we’ve all been there, but he knows he’s still learning and every track will be new to him.
“He’s a good kid with a good family around him.”
Harris will face one of his old pals this weekend with David Howe, part of the same generation of talented British riders as him, lining up for the Bandits.
He said: “I enjoy the Berwick track, I love turn three with that big banking. I’ve had some good meetings there – Grand Prix qualifiers, I’ve also been there with Exeter and Trelawny over the years, and while guesting.
“I know David very well. He was probably a year or two ahead of me but we’ve had a lot of battles through the years, down at Newport in Classics, and him riding Wolves and me Coventry, so I know him very well and look forward to racing against him again.”
Tapes up on Friday is at 7.30pm – tickets can be bought in advance here.