PANTHER ON WRIGHT TRACK FOR GB

Monday October 28, 2019
CHARLES Wright admits he hopes to have forced his way into the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations reckoning for his country.

The British Champion produced an outstanding joint top scorer display with 10 points in Great Britain’s impressive 53-37 win over Denmark in the first Global Challenge clash last Wednesday.

The Crendon Panthers star was satisfied with his thrilling debut, reeling off three wins and now wants to be a GB regular.

He said: “I’m pretty happy with the way it went. It was good to be part of the set-up, the Great Britain team is very positive.

“Obviously you want to do well for your country. This has been a bit of a breakthrough year for me so this is another milestone.

“It was also good to ride for the new team managers Olly Allen and Simon Stead. I’ve worked with Simon before so it was very normal for me.

“But I’d like to think I can now make a push to make the Speedway of Nations side and a regular test match place.

“I’ll need to kick on next season and make more progress but I believe I can do that. It’s been a good year and it can definitely keep getting better.”

Wright was rewarded with a call-up after the best year of his career which saw him take his maiden British title and debut in the British Grand Prix at Cardiff.

He admitted: “Getting a place in the Great Britain team rounds off a dream year for me really. I couldn’t be happier the way it has gone personally.

“Obviously winning the British Championship was a massive moment for me, I think everyone’s opinion of my ability changed that night.

“It’s what my career desperately needed, it was a proper shot in the arm for me to prove to everyone what I can do.

“Then getting the chance to race in the British Grand Prix was huge as well. Now I’m massively proud to race for my country.”

Wright is adamant though he wants to be more than just a big meeting ‘tourist’. He knows he must use this form as a springboard for greater things.

He added: “I’m not here just for the ride. I don’t want to be regarded a one-hit wonder in the British Final. Now I need to go to the next level.

“If you look at how far Jason Doyle has come in a few years, later in his career, it just shows what you can achieve with real hard work.”

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