Flint to make British debut with Brummies
British Youth Champion Leon Flint will make his British speedway debut in the third tier of the sport in 2018 with National League club Birmingham Brummies.
Highly-rated Flint, who lives in Berwick, was also a 250cc world finalist last season and was recently named as the World Speedway Riders’ Association Young Rider of the Year.
He had interest shown in him from several National League clubs, will join up with the new promotional team at Birmingham and believes that Perry Barr is the best place to start his British senior career.
He said: “I can’t wait for March to come and for the new season to start now. I really enjoyed last season racing a lot in Europe gaining experience, I think that will do me good in my first year in the National League.
“I had some interest from a few clubs, and some offers, but I believe Birmingham is the best place for me next season. It’s such a professional set-up and when I talked it over with my dad and grandad, we all agreed this would be the best move for me.
“I had an amazing year in 2017 with lots of positives and moving into the National League in 2018 is another big challenge. I progressed on the 250s and when I made the step up to 500s, I felt more confident. I was ready for the step-up and I’ve now been practising hard on it.
“I’ll be practising at Duns throughout the whole winter so I’ll be more than ready for the season starting at Birmingham. No doubt it’s a big challenge but I feel ready.”
Birmingham will be under new management in 2018 with a new promotional team in place led by former rider David Mason, and Flint can’t wait to link up with the new Brummies boss.
“I’ve ridden at Perry Barr once in the past and I thought it was an excellent set-up. Now David is involved, I think it will grow and Birmingham can challenge at the right end of the table.
“I won’t be setting myself huge goals. I hope I can settle into the team quickly and become a solid scorer. I know how difficult this step-up is going to be and I’m not taking it lightly.
“As I said it’s a big challenge but it’s one I’m looking forward to and, hopefully, I can do the Birmingham fans proud and become an important part of the team.”