Monarchs’ Craig Cook confident ahead of British GP

Craig Cook is revved up and raring to race

Craig Cook is revved up and raring to race

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He may have had a nightmare against Glasgow Tigers last weekend when he scored just seven points, but Edinburgh Monarchs No.1 Craig Cook has no fears about taking on speedway’s heavyweights in Saturday’s British Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The Cumbrian rider, who won his wildcard spot after finishing second in the recent British Final at Wolverhampton, insists he won’t be intimidated despite the exultant company he will be rubbing shoulders with, including current world champion Tai Woffinden and veteran American Greg Hancock.

Cook has made rapid progress in his career over the last five seasons and this is just another stepping stone in his fight to make a name for himself on the international stage.

Already named in the Team GB squad for the World Team Cup at King’s Lynn on July 26, Cook said: “I look at the field for Saturday and there is nobody there I have not beaten before. They are all there to be beaten and I’m not going to get nervous about the riders I’m sitting next to. There is no reason why I can’t beat them.”

Cook insisted the Welsh showpiece is a great shop window for him.

He said: “It’s a marvellous opportunity for me to go out and prove to people what I can do. There is not a lot weighing on my shoulders because I don’t think anybody expects me to do anything, so there is no pressure on me which makes things a whole lot easier.

“I will go into the meeting to enjoy myself and try to mix things up a bit.”

Cook’s Edinburgh team-mates Max Fricke and Aaron Fox have also been named in the initial World Cup squads for Australia and the USA respectively for the Norfolk showdown, giving the Capital outfit the chance of fielding three representatives on the night if the trio make the final cut.