PREVIEW: BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL

Tuesday August 30, 2022
BIRMINGHAM Speedway proudly host the 2022 Tolley Badges British Under-21 Final at Perry Barr Stadium on Wednesday night (August 31, 7.15).

16 of the country’s most talented youngsters head to the second city to battle it out over 20 qualifying heats before a Last Chance Race-Off and a Grand Final to determine this year’s Champion.

Two riders who are set to have plenty of support in the meeting are Wolverhampton’s young reserve duo of Leon Flint and Drew Kemp.

Flint, whose senior career began with the Brummies, won the British Under-19 title last month and has demonstrated some impressive performances in both of the top two leagues.

Meanwhile Kemp, last year's runner-up, is a rider who does know how to handle the pressure of a big occasion having won that Under-19 title three years on the spin between 2019 and 2021.

Jason Edwards is another youngster who will fancy his chances after some eye-catching outings at Perry Barr this season, while Leicester’s Dan and Joe Thompson are also sure to have a good travelling faithful behind them.

Jordan Jenkins, Kyle Bickley, Nathan Ablitt, Connor Bailey and Harry McGurk have all ridden the circuit in this year’s Championship and a late fitness decision will be made over reigning Champion Tom Brennan who crashed heavily at Wolverhampton on Monday night.

Curtis Sport Brummies team boss Laurence Rogers said: “Fingers crossed for Tom, I know how much he was looking forward to defending his title on Wednesday so we’ll have to wait and see what the official line is with him but it was a really awkward crash he had.

“We’ve had two or three other riders from the original line-up who have sadly been ruled out too but it’s still a cracking line-up nevertheless.

“This event showcases the next generation of British Speedway and it’s always hugely competitive and highly entertaining.

“We’ve seen some cracking racing at Birmingham this year and with such a big individual honour on the line, I’m sure that will be the case again on Wednesday night.

“It’s going to be a proud moment for Birmingham Speedway with the club hosting it’s first Major Event Final since the old Elite League Riders’ Championship in 2008 and hopefully the young, British talents have plenty of people supporting them on Wednesday night.”

While regular Birmingham supporters are reminded that Season Tickets and Advanced-10 Tickets are NOT valid for the National event, reduced admission prices do apply.

It’s £16 Adults, £13 Concessions, £5 Students (17-22 with proof), £3 Juniors (12-16) while Kids 11 and under are admitted FREE.

Supporters can pay on the door by cash or card or in advance online via https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing?eid=30212&.

A polite reminder as well that it is Perry Barr Stadium policy that no food or drink purchased outside of the venue can be taken in under any circumstances.

Doors open at 6pm for the slightly early start time of 7.15.

2022 TOLLEY BADGES BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL LINE-UP:
Vinnie Foord, Leon Flint, Kyle Bickley, Jody Scott, Harry McGurk, Henry Atkins, Joe Thompson, Tom Brennan, Drew Kemp, Nathan Ablitt, Sam Hagon, Sam McGurk, Dan Thompson, Jason Edwards, Jordan Jenkins, Connor Bailey. Reserves: Max Perry, Alex Goldsborough.


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