Chris was on 10th place in the world championship standings going to the meeting in Friends Arena, after finishing on season high fourth place in Teterow SGP couple of weeks earlier.

Chris still had a chance for the top eight finish in the series, being 14 points short of last qualification spot with three rounds to go.

Chris had a tough gate four in his first heat. After battling for the points Chris came third ahead of Piotr Pawlicki and scored first point of the night.

In second heat Chris had a gate three position. Chris was left behind and didn’t manage to pass other riders, so fourth place and no points from second ride. One point from two rides wasn’t the best way to start the meeting. But then things got better for Chris. In third heat Chris took two points after Emil Sayfutdinov. Chris kept young Poles Bartosz Zmarzlik and Maciej Janowski behind his back. In fourth heat Chris made a good start from gate two. Chris was keeping Tai Woffinden and Peter Kildemand behind and managed to take the first heat win of the night.

Six points from four rides and Chris was in the mix for the semifinals going to last regular heat. Chris made a good start again from gate two. Chris had the lead for whole four laps, but was under a pressure from Antonio Lindback. In the finish line it was Chris who was faster taking second consecutive heat win. Nine points were enough to third place after regular heats so Chris was clear to semifinals.

Chris got a gate one to semifinal. In first attempt Chris was leading a heat, but then Sayfutdinov fell and got disqualified. In second attempt Chris made a good start and was leading the heat coming on lap two. Peter Kildemand was trying to pass Chris from outside and fell on bend one. Referee excluded Chris from the re-run causing Kildemand’s fall. So Chris’ night ended on nine points and sixth place.

Chris is still on 10th place in the standindgs, 11 points short of Stockholm winner Matej Zagar on eight place. There’s still two rounds to go. First of them will be in Chris’ Polish home track in Torun on 7th of October. Last round will be in Melbourne, Australia on 28th of October.
 Article by Matias Hirsimäki