Chris Harris (speedway rider)

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Chris Harris
Chris Harris.jpg
Born (1982-11-28) 28 November 1982 (age 38)
Truro, Cornwall, England
NicknameBomber
Nationality English
Website www.chrisharrisracing.co.uk
Current club information
British league Peterborough Panthers
Birmingham Brummies
Career history
Great Britain
1998 St Austell Gulls
1999–2000 Exeter Falcons
2001–2003 Trelawny Tigers
2003, 2017, 2020– Peterborough Panthers
2004–2010, 2012, 2014–2016 Coventry Bees
2011 Belle Vue Aces
2013, 2020– Birmingham Brummies
2017–2018 Rye House Rockets
2018 Glasgow Tigers
2018 Poole Pirates
2019 Ipswich Witches
2019 Somerset Rebels
Poland
2006-2007, 2014-15 Rybnik
2008 Ostrów Wlkp.
2010-11 Rzeszów
2012 Częstochowa
2013 Grudziądz
2019 Kraków
Sweden
2004 Kaparna
2006-2013 Västervik
2014 Rossiggarna
Czech Republic
2013Pardubice
Denmark
2016Hosltebro
France
2019 - Current Morizes Moto Club
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
SGP Number37
Starts67 [1]
Podiums8 (1-5-2)
Finalist8 time
Winner1 times
Individual honours
2007, 2009, 2010 British Champion
2007 British Grand Prix Winner
2003 British Under 21 Grasstrack Champion
Team honours
2008, 2010 Elite League Pairs Winner
2005, 2007, 2010 Elite League Champion
2006, 2007 Elite League KO Cup Winner
2000 Premier League Champion
2007, 2008 Craven Shield Winner
2002 Premier Trophy Winner
1998 Conference League Champion
1998 Conference League KO Cup
2018 SGB Premiership Champion

Christopher Calvin Harris (born 28 November 1982) from Truro, Cornwall, [2] nicknamed Bomber, is a Great Britain international speedway rider for the Peterborough Panthers and Birmingham Brummies in the United Kingdom. [3]

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Career history

Early career

Chris Harris began his racing career at the age of six and a half by competing in grasstrack events. His talent quickly became apparent when he began to win all of the junior age groups in the South-West area. [4] In 1998, aged 15, he turned to speedway racing for the St. Austell Gulls at Amateur Conference League level. The Gulls won the Championship and the Knockout Cup.

On his 16th birthday, Harris signed for the Exeter Falcons, who competed in the Premier League, the middle tier of British speedway's three-league structure. Despite the death of his father, who was his driver and mentor, he achieved his first notable individual success later that year, when he became Great Britain Under-16 Champion. He was also selected to ride for Great Britain at both Under-19 and Under-21 level.

In 2000, Harris more than doubled his previous year’s points total, being unbeaten by an opponent in several matches. The Exeter Falcons team finished the season as Premier League Champions and reached two cup finals and one semi-final.

Harris moved clubs for the 2001 season, joining the Trelawny Tigers in Cornwall. He soon became their top scorer and qualified for the 2001 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship as first reserve. He continued his form into 2002, being made club captain. Once again, he was top scorer for the club and under his captaincy Trelawny Tigers won the Premier Trophy.

Elite League progress and international debut

Taking advantage of new rules introduced to assist young British riders, Harris also took the step up to ride in the Elite League in 2002, with the Peterborough Panthers. He progressed well during his debut Elite League season, moving up into the main body of the team. Individually, he progressed to the final of the British Speedway Championship and finished fourth in the World Under-21 Championship.

In 2003, Harris rode again for Trelawny Tigers in the Premier League and Peterborough Panthers in the Elite League. By the end of the season, he was an Elite League heat-leader. Off track, he was voted BBC South-West Sports Personality of the Year. [5]

However, it was on the individual front Harris was most successful. In the World Under-21 Championship, he won both his quarter and semi final rounds, progressing to the 2003 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship in Sweden where he finished runner-up, one point behind Jarosław Hampel.

His form during 2003 won Harris an invitation to take part as a reserve in the third round of the 2003 FIM Individual Speedway World Championship, the British Grand Prix, held at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

2004 saw Harris sign for the Coventry Bees. The following season, the Bees won the Elite League Championship, which meant Harris had won titles at all three levels of British speedway aged just twenty-two. [6] He also represented Great Britain in the Speedway World Cup.[ citation needed ]

For the 2011 season, Harris moved on loan from Coventry to Belle Vue only to return a season later.

2007 British Grand Prix

In 2007 Harris became British Champion. Harris was selected to ride as a permanent wild card in the 2007 Speedway Grand Prix series, riding at number 15. In only his fifth full Grand Prix meeting he won the British Grand Prix at Cardiff. [7] He was also a victim of an armed robbery, just two weeks before his maiden Grand Prix win when he was held up at gunpoint whilst out with his manager.[ citation needed ]

Winning the Grand Prix was considered to be the biggest event to happen in British Speedway for several years. [8]

Off track, he was again voted BBC South-West Sports Personality of the Year. [9] and was also voted BBC Midlands Sports Personality of the Year, [10] beating Aston Villa footballer Gareth Barry into second place.

Speedway Grand Prix results

YearPositionPointsBest FinishNotes
2003 46th118th
2007 9th91WinnerWon the British GP (Harris's first GP win).
2008 13th586th
2009 14th625th
2010 6th1072nd (Three times)Finished 2nd in the Croatian GP, 2nd in the Italian GP, 2nd in the Polish 2 GP and Finished 3rd in the Danish GP.
2011 11th742ndFinished 2nd in the Croatian GP.
2012 12th654thFinished 4th in the Danish GP.
2012 20th710thFinished 10th in the British GP.
2014 15th4811thFinished 11th in the Czech, British & Polish II GP.
2015 13th552ndFinished 2nd in the Polish GP.

SGP Podium

  1. Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Poland.svg Wrocław (12 May 2007) - 3rd place
  2. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cardiff (30 June 2007) - 1st place
  3. Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen (5 June 2010) - 3rd place
  4. Flag of Croatia.svg Gorican (28 August 2010) - 2nd place
  5. Flag of Italy.svg Terenzano (25 September 2010) - 2nd place
  6. Flag of Poland.svg Bydgoszcz (9 October 2010) - 2nd place
  7. Flag of Croatia.svg Goričan (24 September 2011) - 2nd
  8. Flag of Poland.svg Warsaw (18 April 2015) - 2nd place

SGP Finals

  1. Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen (9 June 2012)

See also

World Longtrack Championship

Grand-Prix

Best Grand-Prix Results

Team Championship

European Grasstrack Championship

Finals

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6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harris 7 Flag of Denmark.svg Bjerre 8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Holder 9 Flag of Sweden.svg Jonsson 10 Flag of Denmark.svg Pedersen
11 Flag of Sweden.svg Lindgren 12 Flag of Russia.svg Sayfutdinov 13 Flag of Russia.svg Laguta 14 Flag of Sweden.svg Lindbäck 15 Flag of Poland.svg Kołodziej