Tuesday July 31, 2018
ELLIS Perks says he can’t wait to represent Cradley again in Wednesday’s National Trophy group decider against rivals Birmingham at Perry Barr (August 1, 7.30).

The Worcestershire born racer made his full British debut with the Heathens in 2015 and was one of the league’s stand-out improvers.

He’s now back for their big derby against the Brummies and is keen to help the Motor Market Heathens get the away win they need to book their place in the National Trophy Final against Mildenhall.

The 21-year-old rode for league club Plymouth at Perry Barr last Wednesday and scored eight points from four rides, despite suffering from a shoulder knock.

But he’s fully focussed on reminding the Cradley supporters what he’s capable of in the big local showdown.

“I’ve been having some treatment on my shoulder and it’s going to be good to get back in the green, red and white,” Perks said.

“It’s always good to ride for an old club that you don’t have any grudges with and even more so with Cradley because that’s where things really started for me.

“It was good for me to follow in the footsteps of my Uncle Dave who rode for them mainly in the ‘70s and like I say they got me over here and made things happen.

“I had a great first full season and it helped me get my foot in the door of British Speedway.

“Wednesday’s is a big meeting; we know a win will be enough to take Cradley through to the final and hopefully I can play my part.

“I’m enjoying my racing at the minute; I just want to concentrate on making life a bit easier for myself by making some starts and keeping clean.”

2016 team member Richard Andrews also makes his return to the Cradley side while the Heathens hand a debut to former Birmingham youngster Taylor Hampshire.

Despite having had permission to use two guests for Drew Kemp and Kyle Bickley, who are on league duty with Mildenhall and Belle Vue Colts respectively, team manager Will Pottinger has opted to operate rider replacement, due to a lack of rider availability, with Ben Morley drafted into the side.

Admission is £13 adults, £12 concessions, £3 juniors (12-16) while kids 11 and under go FREE.

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Callum Walker, Leon Flint, Dan Greenwood, James Shanes, Jamie Sealey, Sheldon Davies.

CRADLEY: Alfie Bowtell, Jason Edwards, Ben Morley, Kyle Bickley R/R, Ellis Perks, Richard Andrews, Taylor Hampshire.

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