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Hancock hoping to clinch elusive first British title
GREG Hancock is determined to move a step closer to ending his search for British league glory – after hinting that it could be his last shot at the title.
The speedway legend will line up for Pirates when they attempt to defeat play-off rivals Birmingham in their two-legged Elite League grand final showdown.
Hancock, who has never won the UK domestic silverware, will be hoping to help Pirates establish a lead at Wimborne Road tonight (gates 6pm, tapes-up 7.30pm).
And it could be the two-times world champion’s final chance to lift the crown as he is only likely to feature in England next year if the schedule is reduced.
Hancock said: “This was just a short-term thing to cover for Chris Holder and the Pirates. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I don’t know that I would want to come back and do a full season with the way that it is now. It is a lot of extra racing and I don’t miss that much racing.
“I would really love to do something if it was about half of what it is today, like the number of meetings we do in Poland and Sweden.
“With that number of meetings, I would definitely be tempted. With the way it is now, I would hate to get anybody’s hopes up or be negative at all, that is just how it is.
“To come here and ride 30 to 40 meetings a year is a lot of travelling, especially for someone like me who is based in Sweden. If it was 15 matches a year, I think I would be one of many who would be tempted to come back to ride in this league.”
Meanwhile, the 43-year-old continued his excellent record on the Grand Prix circuit by finishing the 2013 campaign in fourth position overall.
As British star Tai Woffinden claimed the title in Torun, Hancock produced an exceptional performance to top the scorecard with 18 points.
Woffinden took just two rides to officially take the crown from Pirates hero Chris Holder in the final meeting of the series in Poland on Saturday.
Hancock lost out on Torun gold when ex-Pirates ace Adrian Miedzinski, the meeting wild card, stormed to his maiden Grand Prix success.
But Hancock, the only ever-present in GP racing, did enough to finish fourth in the championship, while Pirates skipper Darcy Ward collected 13 points to end his year in eighth, securing his place in the 2014 series.
Final GP standings (top eight): Woffinden 151, Hampel 142, Iversen 132, Hancock 129, Pedersen 121, Sayfutdinov 114, Zagar 110, Ward 106.
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