Double header maximum aim

SHEFFIELD Tigers stage their second National League double header of the season at Owlerton tonight (7.45pm).

They face the Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Islanders, followed by the Belle Vue Colts, and a maximum points return would keep their Championship hopes very much alive.

Premier League leaders Tigers will be anxious to get back into race action after a ‘mini monsoon’ washed out last week’s clash at Ipswich.

Meanwhile owner Neil Machin has revealed plans for a farewell meeting for popular Aussie Shane Parker who is set to bring his 20 year career in Britain to a close at the end of the season.

It could take the form of Tigers opener for next season.

“It would be a great way to open our doors on 2012,” said Machin. “This kind of thing has to be subject to the approval of the British Speedway Promoters’ Association but I don’t see any problems and Shane deserves a great send-off.

“He has had a magnificent career and he has been truly marvellous for Sheffield in his one and only season with the club.

“Once we get it confirmed, and I expect that to be at the AGM in November, then Shane can get on with planning the line-up. Knowing him, he will want to put on a brilliant show for the fans.

“It’s an honour for Sheffield Speedway to be asked to host the event as he had raced for a number of clubs down the years and I’m sure fans of those clubs would love to join us to celebrate his career.”

Tigers resume their Premier League campaign with a home meeting against Plymouth next Thursday – before launching into a hectic September when they are due to race eight league meetings with trips to Glasgow and Ipswich still to be arranged.

Plymouth include England International Ben Barker, American Ricky Wells, Czech Hynek Stichauer, Dane Jesper Kristiansen, and Italian Gino Francetti in their line up.