PHIL Morris has been tempted out of retirement to make one last bid to win the British Open Ice title.
Morris, the popular Welshman, will take his place in the final staging of the Telford Ice meetings on Sunday week, February 26.
He has an impressive record at the Shropshire rink and has finished on the rostrum twice before as well as winning the Speedway Star Best Pairs title.
But the title has eluded him and Telford promoter Graham Drury says he’s the best rider never to win it.
Said Drury: “When I spoke to Phil he told me he wanted to have one last go at the title. He’s in training and deadly serious about it.
“Without doubt he is consistently the best rider we have had at Telford who has never won the title. He’s gone close, he got a maximum in the team event once, he knows what he’s doing and he will be a threat.
“Even though he’s not raced competitively for a couple of years he will be well and truly up for this.”
Swedish star Magnus Karlsson, who celebrates a testimonial at Leicester on March 17, will make his Telford debut.
“He’s heard a lot about it from friends in Sweden and he wants to have a go at it as well as promoting his testimonial,” said Drury.
“He will be having a stall and will meet fans, sign autographs and have his picture taken before the action and during the interval.”
Drury is also keen to keep Shropshire Grass Track fans happy and he has booked Paul Cooper to appear.
He said: “There is a massive Grass Track following in Shropshire and Paul is an expert on the grass. He was only too pleased to accept the invitation to race.
“It will be interesting to see how he performs on the tight turns because he has spent much of his speedway career with Sheffield which is one of the biggest tracks in the country!
“We’ve also booked the best newcomer from last year Lee Smart along with local lad Jack Hargreaves and Adam McKinna.”
There will also be a parade of champions to commemorate the final staging of the event and this includes Andy Campbell, Wayne Broadhurst, Jan Staechmann, Graham Jones, Ronnie Correy, Mario Jirout, Martin Smolinski and Tony Atkin.
The interval attraction, as voted for by fans, will be human slug racing which brought the house down a few years ago.
The event features both afternoon and evening sessions with England Select v Rest of the World at 3pm followed by the British Open at 7.30pm.
Ticket details are as follows: Standing: Adults £15.50, children £5.50. Reserved seating £17.50 adults, £10.50 children. Credit card hotline 0845 155 9966 ext 0.
Postal applications with cheques payable to Telford Ice can be made to 27 Upper Chirk Bank, Chirk, Wrexham.LL14 5EB.