Ex-Hitmen star Cook set for ride of his life

Craig Cook. Photo: Ian Charles.
Craig Cook. Photo: Ian Charles.
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EX-BUXTON Hitmen rider Craig Cook is preparing for what he has described as ‘the biggest meeting in the world’ after securing a coveted spot at the British Grand Prix.

More than 40,000 speedway fans will greet him at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium when he lines up as the second reserve for round nine of the current world series in less than two weeks’ time.

Craig Cook in action for Belle Vue Aces. Photo: Ian Charles.

Craig Cook in action for Belle Vue Aces. Photo: Ian Charles.

And the 25-year-old said it was a dream come true.

“Just to be asked is a huge accomplishment for me,” said Cook. “It only seems like yesterday that I was riding at Buxton in the National League. To go from that to Cardiff in four years is a massive achievement.”

Cook, who hails from Cumbria, is enjoying a real purple patch this season with the Belle Vue Aces and the Edinburgh Monarchs in the Premier League, earning him the place at Cardiff.

His ten-point haul in the British Final also resulted in a Great Britain call-up in an international meeting against Australia earlier this month.

Cook puts his eye-catching performances down to a number of things: “My dad quit his job to be with me full time this season as a mechanic, looking after my bikes, so everything is in pristine condition.

“I think I have changed too and although it was tough at the start of the season, I feel like I’m on a roll now. I just need to keep it going.”

The Buxton Hitmen are in action on Sunday in a National Trophy meeting against Stoke (3pm start).