HARRIS BREAKS RECORD AS LIONS REACH FINAL
Saturday July 01, 2017
BMR Rocket Chris Harris broke one record, and equalled another, as he helped Great Britain into the World Cup Final at King’s Lynn on Saturday night.

The Lions eased home on 53 points – 9 ahead of runners-up Australia – with “Bomber” scoring 13 of that total.

In the process, the Cornishman took his personal career tally in the competition to 241.5 – passing the previous record of 240 held by the late Lee Richardson. It was also his 24th appearance in World Cup meetings, equalling the record of Peter Collins.

Harris can now pass PC’s mark in the World Cup Final at Leszno in Poland next Saturday (July 8th), where they will automatically be joined by the host nation and defending champion Poles.

Australia will have a second chance to make the Big Night by winning the Race-Off in Leszno on Friday. The United States will also be a part of that event, after holding on to third spot at King’s Lynn with 15 points, 2 ahead of the Czech Republic, and with BMR Rocket Ricky Wells posting 3 for the Eagles.

Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Latvia will compete before that in the second round on Tuesday. Once again, the round winners will head to the Final, with the second and third placed finishers progressing to the Race-Off.

MONSTER ENERGY FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP EVENT 1, King’s Lynn

GREAT BRITAIN 53: Craig Cook 14, Robert Lambert 13, Chris Harris 13, Steve Worrall 13, Adam Ellis DNR.
AUSTRALIA 44: Chris Holder 19, Troy Batchelor 12, Max Fricke 8, Nick Morris 5, Jason Doyle DNR.
USA 15: Gino Manzares 7, Ricky Wells 3, Dillon Ruml 2, Luke Becker 2, Broc Nicol 1.
CZECH REPUBLIC 13: Vaclav Milik 6, Josef Franc 4, Hynek Stichaeur 3, Matej Kus 0, Eduard Krcmar 0.

Great Britain qualify for World Cup Final (Leszno, Poland, Saturday July 8).
Australia and USA qualify for Race-Off (Leszno, Poland, Friday July 7).

Picture: IAN CHARLES