Speedway - Blackbird flies into the British Final

Lewis Blackbird is through to the British Final.
Lewis Blackbird is through to the British Final.
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Peterborough Panthers star Lewis Blackbird continued his fine run of form by qualifying for the British Final last night (May 7).

The Panthers racer racked up 10 points to comfortably finish in the seven qualifying places in a semi-final staged at Sheffield.

He won two of his five rides and also finished second in two others to take fifth spot on the night. The top seven riders all advance to the national showpiece at Wolverhampton on June 15.

Blackbird said: “The bikes felt good all night and I’m delighted to get through.

“I had one poor ride, but I kept plugging away and knew the win in my last race would put me through.

“I’ve got to praise my mechanics who have done a terrific job. We were racing at Poole on Wednesday night, but they got everything sorted quickly.”

World Championship competitor Chris Harris was triumphant at Owlerton with Ben Barker, who guested for Panthers in their Premier League success at Plymouth last week, taking second spot.

Home rider Andre Compton also climbed onto the podium with Edward Kennett (Lakeside/Rye House), Blackbird, Josh Auty (Scunthorpe/Leicester) and frequent Panthers guest Richard Lawson (Lakeside/Glasgow) taking the other qualifying spots for the Final.