Parr: Let’s repeat the trick!
Redcar boss Gavin Parr has challenged his “Agilia” Bears side to repeat the performance they produced against Glasgow in the KO Cup when the Bears host the Tigers in Cab Direct Championship action tomorrow with tapes up at 7:30pm at the ECCO Arena.
Parr, who is in his debut year as team boss said, “ It would be nice to repeat our last performance against Glasgow (a 53-37 home win). I think our boys are a little bit wounded from our performance against Berwick, especially in the first half a dozen heats, so I’m hoping we can put that performance in the past now.”
Parr is also fully aware of the quality of the opposition, the Glasgow Tigers who defeated Poole on home soil last Sunday, “ We know how good Glasgow are as a team, they have some quality riders but I think our boys are well up for repeating the performance from the cup match.”
Parr was pleasantly surprised with Luke Harrison’s performance against Oxford with the 16 year old picking up 5 points and the man of the match award, “ I was surprised by Luke’s 5 points but let’s not get carried away! We have to remember that Luke is at the start of what looks like a very promising career but he’s going to keep his feet on the ground. There will be races where Luke is just learning his trade so we can’t expect him to pop out and win heat 2 every week, although that would be amazing!”
Parr also warned of the threats of the Glasgow heat leaders with the Tigers boasting a potent top 3 of Chris Harris, Ben Basso and Tom Brennan, “ Harris is a threat wherever he goes and I don’t expect him to score 5 like last time and he’s usually good for double figures! Brennan is riding the crest of a wave at the moment after helping team GB to a silver medal at the World Cup. Additionally, everyone knows how good Basso is around our place, he rides the ECCO Arena really well so he will be someone to keep an eye on.”
Despite the Tiger’s strengths, Parr is confident the Bears have what it takes to get the job done, “ We are capable of getting the home win, we have the resources and the riders to do what it takes to get the win.”
With the second half of the Cab Direct Championship now in full swing, tomorrow’s match presents another aggregate bonus point opportunity with the Bears tasked with hauling back a 14 point deficit after Redcar’s 52-38 defeat at Ashfield earlier this season.
With the new averages coming into effect this month, Charles Wright takes over the number 1 race jacket with Danny King moving to number 5. Luke Harrison continues to deputise for Jake Mulford with the rest of the Bears lineup unchanged from the defeat at Berwick.
The visitors have named a full strength lineup with Marcin Nowak making his second appearance at the ECCO Arena whilst Ace Pijper will be looking to replicate his performance from last year’s Teesside Silver Helmet when he scored a superb 9 points from 5 races.
Any supporters who are unable to attend the ECCO Arena are reminded that the match will be live streamed by our streaming partners, Tapes Up Productions at www.redcar-speedway.tv
Redcar “Agilia” Bears
1 Charles Wright (C) 8.13
2 Danyon Hume 5.20
3 Connor Bailey 4.79
4 Erik Riss 7.77
5 Danny King 8.05
6 Jason Edwards 4.11
7 Luke Harrison (G) 3.14
TM Gavin Parr
Glasgow ‘Allied Vehicles’ Tigers
1 Chris Harris 9.49
2 Marcin Nowak 5.42
3 Benjamin Basso 8.59
4 Claus Vissing 5.94
5 Tom Brennan (C) 7.30
6 Lee Complin 3.61
7 Ace Pijper 2.00
TM – Cameron Brown.