JOSH AUTY will line up alongside the very best Premier League speedway has to offer this weekend as he bids to rule the sport’s second tier.
The Dewsbury-born flyer, pictured right, who on Monday night helped Birmingham Brummies seal a first-placed Elite League finish, is chasing individual honours in Sunday’s Premier League Riders Championship – on behalf of Scunthorpe.
The 23-year-old Mirfield-based racer has been installed as a favourite for success at Sheffield Tigers’ Owlerton Stadium – Auty’s former home track – but he will face stiff opposition.
World Cup stars Ricky Wells, Craig Cook and Jason Doyle, of the USA, Great Britain and Australia respectively, are potential front runners along with Ipswich’s Morten Risaer and Leicester star Magnus Karlsson.
Sheffield owner Neil Machin said: “The is a tremendous line-up and we at Sheffield are once again proud and honoured to be hosting this meeting.
“To have the top rider from every club in the Premier League doing battle for such a prestigious title is great for the fans.
“For World Cup riders to be in the line-up, it just underlines the strength of the competition and the fierce racing we will see on the fastest track in British speedway.”
Sixteen riders are to compete across 20 qualifying heats, with the top two going straight through into the event’s grand finale.
Those finishing third to sixth will race a semi-final, where those placed first and second will join the qualifying duo in the final heat of the night.
The winner of the Grand Final will be crowned champion.
By Ryan Sparks