Tuesday April 17, 2018
BIRMINGHAM racer Layne Cupitt says home track advantage should give him an edge over his rivals in Wednesday's British Under-21 Semi-Final (7.30).

The meeting has been moved to the Midlands after the initial staging at Newcastle was postponed.

Cupitt reckons he will benefit from that and believes a needed top seven finish is well within his capabilities.

"Yeah there’s some good riders in this semi-final line-up on Wednesday, but nobody can rule me out from qualifying," he said.

“To be honest, when the meeting should have been at Newcastle the other week, I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.

“I don’t really like their track and from where I live it’s one hell of a trek.

“But now it’s at Birmingham, it’s only an hour drive, it’s my home track and I’ve already had one good meeting there this year.

“The last few weeks have been frustrating with all the rain-offs and everything, but I need to forget about those and think back to the last time I was on a bike.

“I rode really well against Coventry and it was probably up there with the best I’ve ever ridden.

“But what I want to do now is spend a couple of days doing my own thing and then ideally I don’t want to think too much about it until I roll up to the track on Wednesday.”

The individual event, starring 16 of the country's brightest prospects, takes place at Perry Barr Stadium.

Children Under 16 will be admitted free of charge while other admission has been set at £12 adults and £11 for concessions and students.

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