Craig Cook will compete in the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium after securing a wildcard entry at the British Championship Final.
Cook finished second at the Elite League final in Wolverhampton behind world champion Tai Woffinden, who took his second British Championship at his home circuit. Cook dived under Ben Barker at the start of the final, holding him back in order to secure his place in the World Championship.
He will ride for Team Great Britain alongside Woffinden and Chris Harris, who finished fourth at Wolverhampton. “That’s insanity isn’t it?” said an elated Cook. “I can’t even describe how that feels. People asked me what my goals were at the start of the year and this was one of the things I wanted. Obviously it would have been nice to be British champion, but I was up against the world champion, the guy who’s leading the World Championship, on his home track. It was always going to be hard, so credit to Tai for winning the title.
“Now I’m ready to go to Cardiff and give it my all. This is my opportunity to show what I’m made of. I haven’t had the best couple of months, so for things to come good at the right time is awesome. I just need to keep going and keep working hard.”
Meanwhile, Woffinden was ‘pumped’ to take his second consecutive British Championship, coming off the back of two successive SGP victories.
“I rose to the occasion like I have done in the past and I’m just pumped to have won it again,” said Woffinden. “It wasn’t always easy but I was just delighted it all came good in the end, and I can take this forward and really push on for the rest of the season. It’s one of the things that was on my checklist for this year, to try and win the British Final again, so to get the job done is an awesome feeling.”