Headline act Greg is truly remarkable

Champion: Speedway ace Greg Hancock.         Picture: Dave fairbrother
Champion: Speedway ace Greg Hancock. Picture: Dave fairbrother

SHANE Parker says Greg Hancock’s achievement in winning a second world title last year is one of the most remarkable stories in modern day Speedway.

Hancock is the headline act in Parker’s farewell meeting at Owlerton on Sunday which is set to pull in a bumper crowd with some estimates already set at 4,000.

The Californian won his second crown at the age of 41, a staggering 14 years after his first title in 1997.

And Parker said: “What Greg did was remarkable. I was fortunate enough to be at some of the Grand Prix rounds working with Chris Holder and the younger guys could only look at Greg and take their hat off to him.

“It has to go down as one of the most remarkable achievements in the sport’s recent history, to win another title so long after the first is amazing.

“He’s a popular champion too and I am so delighted to welcome him to my meeting. He was one of the first riders to confirm that he would be riding and I was so excited when he gave me the nod.

“It should be a great day. I’m not even looking at the weather forecast and I’m trying not to worry too much about what will happen on the day because what will be will be!

“It’s going to be an emotional day and I’m pleased a guy like Greg will be there with me to help celebrate my career, it means a lot.

“He’s going to be defending his world title at the age of 42 which is a brilliant achievement and I wish him all the best. I hope his preparations for the New Zealand Grand Prix will benefit from riding in my meeting.”

Hancock has arrived back in Europe from his home in California to step up preparations for the new season.

The defence of his world title will start at the first-ever New Zealand GP in Auckland on Saturday, March 31. It will be shown live on Sky Sports HD1 at 4am.

Sunday’s Parker Farewell will start at 5pm and gates are set to open at 3pm.

The 2012 Tigers will be together for the first time this season tomorrow when the club hold their press and practice session at 3.30pm.