PIRATES skipper Danny King is relishing the opportunity to return to the British Grand Prix at Cardiff, as he looks for success in tonight’s British final.

The experienced charger was the 2016 British champion ahead of Craig Cook and Robert Lambert.

That earned him a wildcard at the Grand Prix in Cardiff that year, where he lined up against the world’s best and scored seven points from his five rides.

King’s most memorable moment in that event came in heat 19, where he overcame big guns Greg Hancock, Matej Zagar and Bartosz Zmarzlik.

Reflecting on that special night, King told the Daily Echo: “It was brilliant. It was the best experience ever really.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself going into that meeting and I shouldn’t have done because I started with two lasts.

“Then I just relaxed and finished second, second, win. I proved to myself that I can compete with them guys and can just go an enjoy it.

“If I’m in there again, that’s exactly what I’ll do.”

The highest-placed finisher during tonight’s individual meeting at Belle Vue earns a place as a wildcard in the 2022 British Grand Prix.

Thirty-five-year-old King lines up in the British final against Poole teammates Steve Worrall and Richard Lawson. Dan Bewley, already a Grand Prix racer, is the red-hot favourite for the crown.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s one of those meetings where you need a bit of luck on the day and everything has got to go your way,” said King.

“If you are riding well enough, you are in for a chance.

“Every kid’s dream is to be a champion isn’t it? To become British champion was amazing.

“I fell short a couple of years later coming second, so it would be nice to go out and do it again to get a second title.

“It’s going to be tough but I feel like if I’m riding well, I can beat anyone, so bring it on.”

  • Tickets for the Grand Prix in Cardiff on Saturday, August 13 are on sale now at fimspeedwaygpofcardiff.seetickets.com