Edward Kennett will tell Eastbourne’s youngsters they cannot relax for a moment against the rider who inspired a generation of Brits.

Chris Harris returns to Arlington tonight as part of a strong Somerset side who face Eagles in the Championship Shield (7.30pm).

Harris, now 36, secured his place in British racing folklore with his pass off the last bend to win the Millennium Stadium Grand Prix in 2007.

He also inspired Poole and Coventry to unlikely title wins and was three times British individual champion.

The rider known as Bomber was last at Arlington in 2013 and will be a big draw as Eagles bosses hope for another four-figure crowd.

Kennett has been going up against him for more than a decade and knowns what to expect.

The Eastbourne heat-leader said: “I grew up with Bomber, riding the junior track at Eastbourne.

“You know you can never relax against him.

“If you are in front you never know what will happen.

“You know he could try and get past you on the inside or the outside and you just can’t relax for a second.”

Somerset also include Rory Schlein, an experienced top-tier racer who twice won the Elite League riders Championship.

Kennett impressed along with fellow heat-leaders Lewis Kerr and Richard Lawson as Eagles opened their campaign with a 52-38 verdict at home to Birmingham.

But this looks a tougher test and he knows there will be responsibility on their shoulders.

He added: “It will be a tough task for us.

“The three heat-leaders more than did their job last week and we need the same again.”

Eastbourne and Somerset have never met and were two leagues apart last season.

Rebels opted to step down from the Premiership but are expected to be high-flyers in the Championship.

Eagles boss Jon Cook said: “I would have preferred us, especially our youngsters, to have had more race time before facing them. It will prove a very tough challenge.

“It is our second meeting and one of the sport’s top draws, Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris lands at Arlington.

“Harris is so exciting but then so are Edward, Richard and Lewi, as our fans saw last Saturday night.”