Scott Nicholls was crowned champion of the British Speedway Championship last week (Pic: Mike Patrick)
Scott Nicholls' diary: British Speedway Champion
04 June 2008 16:32
My week since the last diary has gone pretty good.
Last Thursday was the British Final and it went well. Apart from an engine failure in my third race I won all my races, which was enough to take me automatically through to the final.
Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris had only dropped one point all meeting, to me in the first race, so he had the first gate pick in the final, and he surprised a few people by taking gate two.
The gates had been quite even all night so I went for gate four. I thought that it would give me more options if I missed the start.
But I got a good start and had the lead by the exit of the first turn and I was able to stretch it all the way to the line. I was really pleased to get the British Speedway Title back.
I haven’t really been threatened too much over the last few years, but when Bomber took it away from me last year, at the time perhaps I wasn’t too bothered, but I know that I’m Britain’s No. 1 rider at the moment and I wanted it back.
There were some excellent performances from some of the young riders, Tai Woffinden and Eddie Kennett rode brilliantly to make the Final, Lewis Bridger rode some great races as did James Wright. GB Team manager Jim Lynch was there so it must have been encouraging for him to see.
Friday was a day-off and then it was down to Eastbourne for a home meeting against Peterborough. We won, but Peterborough pushed us hard.
We should never have been in that position but we are really missing Lee (Richardson), but we got a win and we really needed it.
Sunday was Poland for a big local derby, it was a very big and passionate crowd and again it was hard fought but we came away with the win.
I had another mechanical problem in my first race when I was leading, but I scored 10 points from my next four rides, so it was ok. I still have some improvements to make on the bikes, but it’s all going in the right direction. It was an important win.
I was meant to have been testing and working on the engines on Monday but my engine tuner was sick, so I came back a day early.
It was back to Sweden on Tuesday (yesterday) and that was another real tough meeting, but again we won. My Swedish team is going good, and that was an excellent win for the team.
So three close wins for all my teams in a week, and I got the British Championship back, so I have to be happy with that.
It’s only just over three weeks to go before the British Speedway Grand Prix down at the Millennium Stadium, so my thoughts are starting to turn to that.
But right now I have a couple of days off, so me and Sophie ( Sky TV presenter Sophie Blake ) are going away for the night, we’ve managed to leave the little one with the parents so we are off for a nice chilled time.