Meara hopes home fans can roar him to Arenacross glory
County Down ace Jason Meara will be looking for the Belfast crowd to get right behind him in a partisan manner when he makes his SSE Arenacross home debut tonight.
The 19-year-old Irish MX2 champion is now part of the Arenacross Tour that has been coming to Belfast for well over a decade, thanks to event promoter Matt Bates and his dedicated team.
The fourth and fifth rounds of the 2017 Arenacross Tour take place tonight and tomorrow and as we have come to expect, it will be an action-packed weekend of entertainment.
The RFX St Blazey Arenacross team has fielded Suzuki machinery so far this series, but Meara will stick with the KTM250 that he is so familiar with.
"There's enough for me to get to grips with as it is," said Meara, who is a newcomer to the indoor discipline. "And I mean quite literally."
Talking about his home round in Belfast, Meara added: "Obviously, I'm most looking forward to getting out in the arena at Belfast as I'll have lots of family and friends there. I try to improve every week and the best way I can thank everyone for their support is to get on the podium, so that's my aim."
Such is the popularity of Arenacross in Belfast, it is the only leg of the 2017 tour that is a double-header, with some big local racing names such as NW200 record holder Alastair Seeley, Ireland's most successful national road racer Ryan Farquhar and the Irwin brothers, Glenn and Andrew, coming along to enjoy the action.
There's still time to get tickets, support your local riders and raise the SSE Arena roof. Tickets are available by calling the Arena box office on 02890739074 or via the website, www.ssearenabelfast.com