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CHAMPION WRIGHT OPTS OUT OF BRITISH FINAL

Reigning British champion Charles Wright has confirmed he won’t defend his national title at Ipswich on Saturday, September 26.

15 / 09 / 2020, 12:43

Reigning British champion Charles Wright has confirmed he won’t defend his national title at Ipswich on Saturday, September 26.

The Stockport-born star booked his place in last year’s Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff when he clinched his first British title at the National Speedway Stadium on July 29, 2019.

Wright has not been racing in 2020 following the cancellation of the 2020 British league season, in which he was due to compete for local SGB Premiership side Belle Vue and Championship club Redcar.

I hope all speedway fans understand this decision. It hasn’t been one taken lightly. I am fully committed to the 2021 season and can’t wait to see you all again.

Charles Wright

While he admits sitting out at Foxhall was a tough call, he says he has been using his time to “develop in other parts of my life”, and pledged to return to the shale stronger in 2021.

Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “I thought now would be the opportune time to make an official statement as I know some rumours are swirling with regard to my participation in the British Final scheduled this month.

“I have made the decision not to compete in the 2020 British Final. Without doubt this has been a very tough decision to make.

“This year has been exceptionally difficult for everyone through something out of our control, and I have made choices that ultimately make the best of things in this current situation.

“I’ve had the opportunity while racing hasn’t been taking place to develop in other parts of my life which will in the end benefit me as a person and my competitive racing, so I have taken it, grabbed it with both hands and run with it.

“I hope all speedway fans understand this decision. It hasn’t been one taken lightly. I am fully committed to the 2021 season and can’t wait to see you all again. Good luck to all the lads taking part; it really is a special title. In the meantime, stay safe and see you in March!”

It seems unlikely triple world champion Tai Woffinden will enter as he remains in Poland to focus on his SGP commitments.

It is unclear whether European champion Robert Lambert, who is based on the continent this year, will take part, having finished his PGE Ekstraliga meetings for Rybnik.

Former national champions Scott Nicholls and Craig Cook have both confirmed they will not be racing due to a lack of track time in 2020, while Adam Ellis misses out due to injury.

Former SGP star Chris Harris is hoping to take his place in the meeting provided he is able to make the trip to a World Longtrack Championship event in Rzeszow, Poland the next day.

The British Final will definitely feature under-21 star Dan Bewley as well as the likes of Danny King, Steve and Richie Worrall, Richard Lawson, Rory Schlein, Ben Barker, Lewis Kerr, Josh Auty and Paul Starke, with further names to be confirmed.

Tickets for the meeting, which will serve as one of the UK Government’s test events for the return of crowds to British sports venues, have sold out, with the attendance capped at 1,000. Plans are in place to stream the racing live online for those who cannot attend.

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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