DETERMINED Nathan Ablitt believes he could be taking the “biggest step” in British speedway, with his Championship challenge at Pirates this season.

Having ridden a handful of meetings at Eastbourne last campaign, the 18-year-old was signed at reserve for Poole for 2022 on a two-point average.

After failing to trouble the scorers on the road at Redcar and Glasgow for Pirates in recent weeks, Ablitt recorded 2+1 from three rides in Wednesday’s 55-35 victory at Birmingham.

And with promoter Danny Ford reaffirming the former British youth champion has the club’s “full backing” in an interview with the Daily Echo this week, Ablitt is eager to keep learning in the second tier.

Speaking about moving from the National League to Championship level, in an interview with PirateCast, Ablitt said: “It’s definitely an eye-opener. Especially this year, it feels like another step up again really.

“Riding for Poole is different from riding for some of the other teams in the league maybe. It’s a real eye-opener to the sport.

“Being surrounded by the people I am surrounded by at Poole is great for a young rider like me.

“I speak to a lot of people and they say the biggest step up is National League to Championship.

“The step from the Championship to the Premiership maybe isn’t as big – I’m not saying it’s not as hard because the Premiership is a different beast - but the levels aren’t so different.

“I just need to find my feet I think a bit more in the Championship, get settled down which I think I’m starting to do a little bit and hopefully push on.”

Ablitt was also keen to praise his teammates for the support they have given him in the pits this season.

“I can’t really put into words how much they’ve helped me - even so far this year,” he said.

“The main three being Steve (Worrall), Rich (Lawson) and Danny (King) but it’s not just them. The Cook boys (Ben and Zach) often come and help out.

“Even Drew (Kemp), he is young himself but he is someone I know maybe a bit better than the others. Even Drew is someone I can speak to and he helps me out.

“It’s not just one or two of them, it’s all of them and it’s every meeting. It’s sort of a dream for me in that environment with all those boys.

“The stuff I can learn from them and take into my own riding – even just watching them really – let alone being in the pits and interacting with them.

“It’s really good. All of them, from one-to-seven has been a great help.”

Pirates are next in action at home against the Edinburgh Monarchs on Wednesday, June 1 (7.30pm).