SPEEDWAY: Purton teenager to make Premier League debut
PURTON’S Darryl Ritchings will achieve one of his main ambitions for 2013 this evening as he makes his Premier League debut when he guests for Somerset.
The 19-year-old switched National League clubs in the winter as he made the move from Dudley to the Isle of Wight, and has performed well for the Islanders as the Smallbrook side made the third tier play-offs.
At the start of the season Ritchings set himself the goal of getting at least one Premier League guest booking by the end of the campaign as he looks to progress his career, and after he thought his chance had gone he will line up for the Rebels against Ipswich Witches in tonight’s top of the table clash.
“They contacted me on Friday and we sorted the deal out on Saturday, and it was a great feeling,” he said.
“I’ve ridden at Somerset a few times and have done some second halves and the under 18s so I know the track which will be helpful for me. This will probably be one of the biggest meetings I’ve ridden in because it’s at the top of the table and I’m going in there to give it a good go.
“Riding in the Premier League was one of my main goals at the start of the season but it’s getting pretty late in the year now so I thought my chance was gone, but it’s come up and it’s a great opportunity for me to show what I can do.”
Ritchings is well aware he faces a step up in class this evening as he faces the likes of Morten Risager, Rohan Tungate and Leigh Lanham, but believes if he can do well it could go a long way towards booking a Premier League spot for next season.
“It’s going to be hard and I can’t deny that so I just have to give it my best and see what happens,” he said.
“There are some very good riders in there and I know I will have to be at my best, but I’m confident I can do okay.
“Hopefully I can put on a good show and get some good points tomorrow, and if I do then hopefully I might be full-time Premier League or doubling up with the National League.”
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