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BROTHERLY BATTLE?

Polish racer Przemyslaw Pawlicki insists younger brother Piotr is battling hard to join him in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite.

02 / 02 / 2018, 11:29

Polish racer Przemyslaw Pawlicki insists younger brother Piotr is battling hard to join him in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite.

When Przemek won last year’s GP Challenge at Russian track Togliatti, the Pawlicki family hoped their speedway sons would finally be united on the sport’s biggest stage.

But despite finishing sixth in 2016, Piotr was unable to keep his spot in the series, exiting after finishing 11th in the final standings on 81 points.

When we started racing speedway, we thought and talked about this dream – starting together with the best 16 riders in the world.

Przemyslaw Pawlicki

The pair nearly qualified together for 2016 at the 2015 GP Challenge in Rybnik, which saw Piotr make it through, but Przemek miss out after being denied by a ruthless last turn by Britain’s Chris Harris.

Having both reached the SGP series in different seasons, Przemek hopes they will finally get the chance to compete against each other in 2019.

He said: “This is our dream – we wanted to race together in the Grand Prix. We haven’t really raced together yet, but Piter is fighting to get back in there and race with me. I want to be in there with him too.

“When we started racing speedway, we thought and talked about this dream – starting together with the best 16 riders in the world.

“Last season wasn’t so easy for him. He didn’t have too much luck. You saw he was faster than the referee at the starts in many GPs in 2017. He had many crashes and it wasn’t so easy for him. But I know he is working really hard to get back into the Grand Prix.”

Piotr’s two years in the SGP series leave him well qualified to give his older brother a few pointers about World Championship life. But Przemek insists they won’t approach things in the same way.

“Everyone is different,” he said. “When you talk to him and then you talk to me, you will see we are different.

“It’s true that he talks to me and he has helped me. He raced two years in the Grand Prix, so he knows something more about the temporary tracks like Warsaw and Cardiff.

“I haven’t really raced on these tracks before – only one time in Warsaw last year. Now I know you must have a different setup on the bike.”

After helping Piotr to sixth in the world with his calming influence in the pits in 2016, Przemek hopes his brother will return the favour and be on hand to advise him when his schedule allows.

He said: “I have done some GPs with him and we spent time together. Sometimes I tried to help him in the GP. When he has the time this year, he’ll help me in the pits too.”

 

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