Speedway: Nicholls eyes eighth British title

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Scott Nicholls is desperate to become the British Champion for a staggering eighth time – but he must overcome tonight’s Owlerton qualifier first.

The Belle Vue man, who is in a rich vein of form, has been called into the meeting because he was unavailable to race in the other semi at Rye House.

His inclusion adds spice to what is already a tasty line-up and plenty of travelling fans from Manchester are set to make the trip.

Nicholls said: “The British title is a massive thing for me and I’m very proud and honoured to have won it seven times.

“I’m feeling good about my form right now and hopefully I can keep it going. The national title is something I place very highly on my priorities.

“I’m desperate to win another British title, but I have to do a job at Sheffield first.”

Tigers are represented by skipper Simon Stead, Adam Roynon and Andre Compton. Leigh Lanham has switched with Nicholls which means he will face world champion Tai Woffinden at Rye House next Wednesday, April 30.

The top seven from tonight will progress to Wolverhampton for the British Final in June with one place available for a wildcard.

Revised line-up: 1. Danny King, 2. Edward Kennett, 3. Ashley Morris, 4. Craig Cook, 5. Derek Sneddon, 6. Simon Stead, 7. Scott Nicholls, 8. Lewis Kerr, 9. Kyle Newman, 10. Charles Wright, 11. Chris Harris, 12. Stuart Robson, 13. Kyle Howarth, 14. Adam Roynon, 15. Ben Barker, 16. Andre Compton.