BEES skipper Chris Harris will be a Grand Prix rider again in 2015 after finishing third in Saturday’s GP Challenge at Lonigo.
Harris is outside the top eight in the full series this year meaning the qualification process offered him the best chance of continuing at the top level and his Italian job went perfectly to plan.
He scored 13 points from five rides, securing a top-three finish with a win in Heat 17, and joined Matej Zagar and Jason Doyle on the rostrum after they contested a three-man run-off for meeting victory itself.
Harris said: “Everything came together on the night and went to plan, so it was brilliant really. I’m just really pleased to be back in the GPs next year and to get another chance.
“It’s been a tough season for me in the GPs, but I’ll be able to start fresh next year when I’m a lot more organised. It wasn’t ideal getting a late call this year, but now I’ve got all winter to get prepared and make sure I come back ready to do well next season.”
“I just want to say thanks to my team, sponsors and everyone who has supported me, especially my partner Emma-Louise who has had to put up with a lot this year.”
*STORM restricted Kent to just a five-point lead from the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final on Monday night.
In a real meeting of two halves, the Kings raced into a twelve point lead after Heat 8 but Storm fought back strongly on a super-slick Central Park track and had clawed the scores back to 49-44 by the conclusion.
It means they will feel confident of overturning that deficit when the sides meet again in the second leg at Brandon on Friday October 3.
Storm boss Laurence Rogere said: “We’ll take that, the boys certainly knuckled down in the second half of the meeting and we found our gating gloves again which we didn’t have in the first half!
“All credit to the boys for bouncing back and getting it back to five points, and we very much hope that’s do-able on October 3.”