CHRIS Harris roared to his first Glasgow maximum and paid tribute to his family for sticking by him.
‘Bomber’ scored 12 from four races – joining Paul Starke in going unbeaten by an opponent – as the Tigers took all three points in a 54-36 victory over Scunthorpe.
It was his best meeting in a Glasgow racejacket so far, with the 35-year-old having endured a turbulent start to his career at Ashfield.
The former Grand Prix star said: “I wanted to get my four heats done and enjoy it.
“I was pleased just to get a good meeting under my belt and I’ll take that into tomorrow at Workington.
“Scunthorpe have good riders – they’re racers like myself – so I knew for four laps I was going to have to be on my A game.
“I had a new engine tonight, it worked really well. I’ve still to learn a bit with it but the more I ride it, the more I’ll learn with it.
“I’ve got good people round me – I’ve got a beautiful wife and the children all behind me – and they keep my head up. The amount of times I’ve gone home and said, that’s it, I can’t keep doing it – but my wife kicks me up the backside and says, you know what you’re capable of doing.
“I’m a Cornishman and I’m a Harris – and I never give up. The hard times make the good times better and it makes you a better rider for it.”
It was a much-needed boost for both Harris and Starke, who had also struggled for his best form recently following a couple of confidence-knocking crashes.
Life wasn’t made easy for the visitors – who were already travelling without No 1 Steve Worrall – as they lost Jason Garrity after just one race.
Former Tigers captain Aaron Summers, guesting for the injured Stefan Nielsen at No 2 for the visitors, proved a tough opponent and took two wins from his first three rides.
But barring an opening-heat 4-2 for the Scorpions, it was fairly plain sailing for the home team who steadily built on their lead throughout the match and put Sunday’s cup exit at the hands of Edinburgh firmly to bed.
The Tigers now travel to Workington tomorrow night needing at least a draw to keep their hopes of qualifying from their Championship Shield group alive.
GLASGOW 54: Paul Starke 12+3, Chris Harris 12, Richie Worrall 9+1, Claus Vissing 8, James Sarjeant 6+2, Lewis Kerr 5, Jack Thomas 2+1.
SCUNTHORPE 36: Aaron Summers 12+2, Josh Auty 10+1, Jake Allen 8+2, Gino Manzares 5, Jason Garrity 1, Danny Phillips 0, Steve Worrall R/R.