CHRIS EIGHTH IN CARDIFF SGP. One of the biggest speedway events of the year took place on Saturday night in Cardiff for British FIM Speedway Grand Prix.
SGP series came back from World Cup break, Cardiff being round six in the series. Chris has had some success there before winning the meeting twice (2010, 2012). Going to Cardiff Chris was on 12th place in the world championship standings with 34 points. Once again it was an epic night in Cardiff with incredible racing and atmosphere with over 44,000 fans in the stadium
Chris had a tough gate four in his opening ride. Chris managed to win Martin Vaculik for a third place to take a point from first heat. In second heat Chris came third again. This time Patryk Dudek won the heat and Russian Emil Sayfutdinov got better of Chris for the second place. Two points from two opening heats wasn’t best way to start the meeting.
Going to third heat Chris had made some changes to his bike and it showed on the track. Good start from the inside gate and taking the lead. Chris looked fast for all four laps and took the first heat win of the night over series leader fellow countryman Jason Doyle. In fourth heat Chris finished second after Polish Bartosz Zmarzlik. Home hero Tai Woffinden made a mistake and Chris took the advantage and the second place. Seven points from four rides and Chris was still in the mix for semifinals, but needed points in last heat.
In last regular heat Chris came second, when Peter Kildemand took the win. Chris managed to keep Matej Zagar and Piotr Pawlicki behind him. That lifted Chris to nine points from five rides. That meant Chris was last man going to semifinals. Needing nine points for semifinal spot shows how tight this year’s series is.
In semifinal Chris had yellow helmet colour and gate four, which had been difficult for whole night. Chris made an ok start and was helding second place, but then Zagar found a speed and got better of Chris. Chris couldn’t answer to Zagar’s and first place Maciej Janowski’s speed and finished third in his semifinal. Alltogether Chris finished on 10 points.
In the standings Chris passed Pawlicki for 11th place. Chris has currently 44 points and is just five points short of Vaculik in eight place and automatic qualification of next year’s series. Round seven will take place on Mållila, Sweden in three weeks time.
Article By Matias Hirsimäki