British final: Tai Woffinden wins third straight title at Monmore

British champion Tai Woffinden is sprayed on the rostrum at Monmore by Craig Cook and Danny King
Tai Woffinden, world champion in 2013, leads the current Grand Prix standings again

Tai Woffinden won his third successive British speedway title on his former home track at Wolverhampton.

The 2013 world champion, 24, took advantage of a restaged final to win from Belle Vue's Craig Cook, with Coventry's Danny King in third.

Woffinden admitted he had luck on his side, having been trailing behind Cook when the original final was stopped.

"I was pretty lucky to get the re-run as I made a hash of the first one," he told BBC WM.

How they scored at Monmore
Finalists: Tai Woffinden (unattached), Jason Garrity (Coventry), Craig Cook (Belle Vue), Danny King (Coventry)
Semi-finalists: Cook, King, Scott Nicholls, Richard Lawson (excluded from re-run after crash)
Qualifying scores for final: Woffinden 13, Garrity 13, Cook 12, Lawson 11, Nicholls 10, King 9, Chris Harris 9, Kyle Howarth 8, Carl Wilkinson 7, Edward Kennett 7, Steve Worrall 6, Lewis Blackbird 6, Adam Roynon 3, Andre, Compton 3, Leigh Lanham 2, Max Clegg 0 (res), Matt Williamson 0 (res), Ben Barker 0.

"But that's the nature of the sport. I kept calm and won the race that mattered most.

"I've cut back my schedule down this year and I'm enjoying my racing more. I'm leading the world championship again and top of the averages in Sweden and Poland.

"I've been working hard and it's great to see that it's paying off just lately. And it was good to be back at Wolverhampton. The fans were great with me once again."

Cook will join Woffinden in next month's Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium on 4 July, having finished ahead of King to seal his second consecutive wildcard spot at Cardiff.

British champion Tai Woffinden (centre), Craig Cook (runner-up), Danny King (third)
Craig Cook (left) was runner-up to Tai Woffinden (centre) for the second year running at Wolverhampton's Monmore Green, with ex-Birmingham Brummies skipper Danny King (right) in third place

"Our congratulations go to Tai Woffinden on another great achievement," said British speedway chairman Alex Harkess, "I feel for Craig Cook after originally leading the final, but he'll be delighted to be going to Cardiff."

Woffinden's total of 13 points from his five qualifying races was matched by Jason Garrity, who also qualified automatically for the final.

The Coventry rider's hopes ended when he briefly lost control of his bike, forcing Scott Nicholls over, and resulting in his exclusion from the re-run.

The night ended even more abruptly for former Coventry and Birmingham rider Ben Barker, who was taken to hospital in an ambulance with a back injury after a bad fall in the first heat.

"Overall it was another good event. The riders gave it their all and a huge crowd were treated to some great speedway, but our thoughts are with Ben Barker after that really nasty incident in heat one," added Harkess.

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