ELFORD Ice chief Graham Drury says Coventry’s Edward Kennett is his tip for the last-ever British Open Championship crown.
Kennett makes his return from suspension at the Shropshire rink this Sunday, February 26 – and Drury says he will be the man to stop.
The Great Britain international has just returned from practice in California where he linked up with former world champion Billy Hamill.
And Drury says the training on the small USA tracks will put him in good shape for the title on Sunday.
He said: “People have been asking me who I predict will win the British Open but I do think it’s impossible to predict with any confidence because of the quality of the field.
“It’s the last staging of the Telford Ice meetings because of redevelopment work at the rink so it’s going to be an emotional day and all 16 competitors in the British Open on Sunday night will be desperate to win it.
“But I just think the fact that Kennett has been on a bike regularly on the small Californian tracks recently means he will be sharp and ready to do the business.
“It’s also his first meeting back after suspension because of the silencer issue last summer, so he is determined to make up for lost time!”
The Telford Ice spectacular features both afternoon and evening sessions with England facing Rest of the World at 3pm and the British Open Championship at 7.30pm.
Tickets are still available but there will also be cash turnstiles available on the day.