Speedway Grand Prix: Chris Harris back as Tomasz Gollob withdraws
Chris Harris will return to the Speedway Grand Prix series in 2014 after the withdrawal of Polish legend Tomasz Gollob.
Last Updated: 11/12/13 12:40pm
The 31-year-old finished fifth in the GP Challenge at Poole in August and looked like missing out on qualification for a second year with only the top three getting places.
But with Niels-Kristian Iversen qualifying automatically, fourth-placed Martin Smolinski stepped into the qualifying places and Harris then got the nod when Gollob pulled out.
Harris, who recently signed for Coventry, later confirmed on Twitter his former Birmingham boss Phil Morris would take on a role as his team manager and coach for the 2014 SGP return.
Paul Bellamy, managing director of SGP rights holder BSI Speedway, admitted it was a shame Gollob had decided to step down.
He said: "Tomasz has been a fantastic servant to the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series and will undoubtedly go down as one of the most exciting and naturally gifted riders in the competition's history.
"Winning the World Championship at the age of 39 in 2010 was an inspirational achievement. Tomasz never gave up on his dream and finally got his reward.
"We wish him all the very best for the rest of his career and the future and thank him for the many highlights he has given us since he won the first ever Grand Prix staged at Wroclaw in 1995."