Speedway: The big names are there to be beaten

Andre Compton in action

Andre Compton in action

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Andre Compton insists the big names don’t worry him in Monday’s British Final at Wolverhampton.

Tai Woffinden, who scored a 21-point maximum in the World Cup race-off on Thursday, defends his title at Monmore against fellow GP racer Chris Harris and Elite League stars Scott Nicholls and Danny King. Sheffield racer Compton will adopt a relaxed attitude to enjoy the big occasion after going through from the Sheffield semi-final.

He said: “I’m not fazed by the names in the line-up - no one is unbeatable and if you can make decent starts then you never know what could happen. In big individual meetings like the British Final, some riders fall apart under the pressure so I’m more than happy going in as an underdog.

“Nobody expects much from me and my experience will play a big part in me keeping a cool head and giving it the best I can, I will just enjoy myself.”

Compton is making a rare visit to Monmore having spent the majority of his career in the Premier League.

“If my memory serves me correctly, I haven’t raced at Wolverhampton for 15-20 years and I’ve only raced there two or three times in my career so it will be a new experience for me but I’ll go there, dig in and do the best I can,” he said.

“I was really happy to qualify for the Final with a good night in my Semi; I’m just going to enjoy the meeting and take it one race at a time and see how it goes.”

Compton is joined in the meeting by Sheffield colleague Jason Garrity with a place at the Millennium Stadium as wildcard for the British Grand Prix available.