Wild card for Cardiff to be decided at British Final

Last Updated: 21/02/14 10:07am

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Scott Nicholls: Former British champion could get Cardiff chance

Scott Nicholls: Former British champion could get Cardiff chance

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The wild card for the British Grand Prix will again be decided at the British Final - the FIM have confirmed.

Since 2007 the wild card for the showpiece event in Cardiff had gone to the British champion - or if he was already qualified, the next best.

However, last year saw that right withdrawn as Chris Harris was automatically given the slot to race alongside Tai Woffinden in the Welsh capital.

But now with Woffinden and Harris permanent GP members - once again the British Final - which is live on Sky Sports - will decide the extra rider who will join the field Cardiff.

BSI Speedway managing director Paul Bellamy confirmed: "There are already two Brits in the field at Cardiff and the chance to join Tai and Chris in the British SGP certainly raises the stakes in this year's British Final.

"We have a number of talented Brits coming through the system and they will be determined to win their chance at mixing it with the sport's elite.

"Whoever clinches the wild card place, one thing is guaranteed - a rapturous welcome from the thousands of British fans who make the Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium extra special."

British Speedway Promoters Association chairman Alex Harkess said: "If becoming British champion wasn't a big enough prize, the opportunity to earn a place in the British SGP gives the British Final an extra edge.

"It is always a fiercely-contested meeting and I'm sure there will be 16 riders battling hard for a place in Cardiff, and ultimately the chance to prove themselves and make an impact at the highest level."

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