HOLDER EYES FINAL PUSH FOR TIGERS

PAUL BURBIDGE

Aussie racer Jack Holder is determined to help British club Sheffield “go one better” and storm into this season’s SGB Premiership Grand Final.

The Tigers made their return to British speedway’s top flight last season, reaching the play-off semi-finals, where they lost out to Belle Vue.

The Owlerton outfit has assembled a highly-fancied side, featuring British champion Adam Ellis, Craig Cook, Tobiasz Musielak, Kyle Howarth, Stefan Nielsen and Connor Mountain.

Holder is set for a busy season having been named as FIM Speedway Grand Prix reserve. In addition, he will line up for Polish PGE Ekstraliga side Torun – a team also tipped to mount a title challenge.

The former Aussie Under-21 champion is pleased to be back in Sheffield and hopes to help the Tigers push for honours.

He said: “It’s good to see everyone is happy to have me back and I’m pleased to be back because I enjoyed it there last season.

“The team looks good so hopefully we can win plenty of meetings, and the first task is for us to get to the play-offs. But I want us to go one better and reach the final. Looking down our team, if we all do our job, there is no reason why we can’t achieve that.”

Holder was in action Down Under last Saturday, finishing third in the Darcy Ward Invitational at North Brisbane. The meeting was won by Rohan Tungate, with Ryan Douglas second and Josh Pickering fourth.

The last four heats of the 20 were not staged due to the venue’s time curfew, but Tungate topped the heat scorechart on 11 from four rides, with Holder and Pickering tallying 10 to earn automatic A Final qualification.

Douglas completed the line-up by winning the B Final ahead of Nick Morris, Kye Thomsen and James Pearson.

Holder was gutted not to top the podium. He said: “I was a bit disappointed; the last round of racing got cut short because of time so we just ran the final.

“But I rode well. I feel really good on the bike. It has been great to be able to ride back home and keep up the fitness, which should benefit me when I come back over to England.”

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