||Last Updated: Apr 14th, 2016 - 09:05:07
SHEFFIELD are gearing up for a bumper night of action as they host the British Under 21 Championship at Owlerton on Thursday (7.30).
The club are delighted to be hosting the first major event of the 2016 campaign, which is generally amongst the most exciting meetings on the calendar.
Britain’s brightest young stars will descend upon the South Yorkshire venue as the battle it out for national glory.
Tigers’ star Josh Bates is expected to be amongst the front-runners as he aims to regain the crown he won in dramatic style at Monmore Green two years ago.
The popular 20-year-old knows he will face a tough test in the unpredictable meeting – but he is nonetheless desperate to emerge victorious in front of his home crowd.
Bates said: “It’s going to be hard, it’s one of those meetings where everyone raises their game and you never know what can happen.
“There are a few riders who are going to be tough to beat, Adam Ellis and Robert Lambert are always really fast and there are plenty of others who could do well on the day as well.
“I’m going pretty well around Owlerton at the minute so I’d like to think I can have a good chance around my home track.”
Teenage reserve Nathan Greaves will also fly the Tigers’ flag in the event having qualified from the semi-final at Kent earlier this month.
World Cup star Robert Lambert and in-form Poole reserve Adam Ellis will also be amongst the favourites, plus former Sheffield mascot Max Clegg and local lad Jack Parkinson-Blackburn are sure to have plenty of home support.
Admission is priced at £13 for adults, £11 for concessions, £5 for children aged 12-17 and £1 for kids aged 4-11.
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