Tai to get a big welcome on his return to city

Tai Woffinden

Tai Woffinden

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Tai Woffinden, the only British rider in this year’s Grand Prix series, makes a rare appearance at Sheffield’s Owlerton Stadium on Thursday.

Woffinden, born in Scunthorpe but raised in Australia, is the godson of Tigers owner Neil Machin. And Machin was proud of Woffinden’s result in the European Grand Prix last weekend when he reached his first ever final.

And although he trailed in behind Tomasz Gollob, Matej Zagar and winner Emil Sayfutdinov, Machin celebrated a wonderful result.

“It’s a terrific result for British Speedway,” said Machin. “We look forward to welcoming Tai on Thursday. We all still miss Tai’s Dad, Rob, and I am sure he is up there looking down with pride at his boy.

“I don’t know what Tai can achieve in the Grand Prix because I know his priority is to make the top eight and secure his place in next year’s series. But he’s doing things the right way this year and seems to have stepped up a level, on and off the track.

“He will be one of the favourites to win our meeting. There are seven places up for grabs and I’m sure we’re going to see some amazing action.

“Tai is the first British success story for years and I’m sure there is more to come from him.

“We have plenty of home interest with Simon Stead, who we are hoping will be fit to take his place alongside Richard Hall and Joe Haines.”