Tuesday August 16, 2022
WOLVERHAMPTON promoter Chris Van Straaten feels it’s been a big few weeks for Rising Star Leon Flint.

The talented teen was crowned the new British Under-19 Champion in July and scored his first senior paid maximum for Championship outfit Berwick at the start of this month.

He almost followed that up with an unbeaten night for the Parrys International Wolves in their big home win over Peterborough - only beaten by an opponent in one of his outings.

After being named track reserve for Saturday’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, an injury to Adam Ellis meant he enjoyed three rides in front of the large Principality Stadium crowd.

He picked up two points there before scoring an impressive nine points on track in Sunday’s SGP2.

Said Van Straaten: “Full credit to Leon who has really put in some big displays over the past couple of weeks.

“I was at Cardiff on Saturday and I thought his attitude was excellent.

“While some of the more experienced, seasoned campaigners weren’t too happy with conditions, Leon just got his head down, didn’t moan, got on with it and raced his Speedway bike.

“He was in the thick of it, well on the pace and the track didn’t daunt or faze him one little bit.

“I thought he rode really well on Sunday too, again despite some far from ideal track conditions, and recent performances will have given Leon a big, big boost as we head into the business end of the season.

“Fellow reserve Drew Kemp didn’t have things go all his way in that same meeting on Sunday, but he will learn a lot from that experience I’m sure and he knows he’s got an important job to do for Wolverhampton too over the next month or two.”

The Parrys International Wolves are back at Monmore Green next Monday (August 22, 7.30) when Sheffield are the visitors - but first, it’s a trip to the Steel City on Thursday (August 18, 7.30) for Round Five of the 2022 Premiership Pairs.

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