CHUGUNOV'S BIG BREAK
Russian rocket Gleb Chugunov admits his big break in the Monster Energy SWC last summer earned him the chance to make it with Wroclaw.
03 / 04 / 2018, 12:23
Russian shooting star Gleb Chugunov admits his big break in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup last summer earned him the chance to make it in the PGE Ekstraliga with Wroclaw.
The 18-year-old was handed his national team debut in the Monster Energy SWC Race Off at Leszno last July, storming to an incredible 11 points as Russia won their place in the Final.
I like speedway, I want to learn and I know that I have joined a very good club that gives me opportunities to grow. At the moment, this is the most important thing for me.
He beat Aussie icons Jason Doyle, Chris Holder and Troy Batchelor in an unforgettable performance – one that looks highly likely to make him Russia’s under-21 star for the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations, which sees them take on Germany, Denmark, Latvia, USA, Slovenia and Slovakia in Race Off 1 at Teterow on June 2.
Chugunov believes his Monster Energy SWC efforts captured the attention of Polish clubs, with Wroclaw signing him up for 2018.
He told Sportowefakty.pl: “It was an extremely important competition for me because I showed myself to a wider audience.
“I also proved that I can race with the best in the world, although I still have a lot of learning ahead of me.
“Later I went to have a very successful competition in Pardubice with the Golden Helmet (finishing fourth). Thanks to this, I am where I am and I’ve signed a contract with Wroclaw.”
Chugunov is part of a powerful squad, also featuring double world champion Tai Woffinden, local hero Maciej Janowski, Vaclav Milik, Andzejs Lebedevs, Max Fricke and Damian Drozdz.
With just three spots for foreigners in the top five and five men competing for those places, Chugunov admits getting into the side won’t be easy. But he’s still keen to continue his speedway education at the Olympic Stadium.
The teenager, born in Emil Sayfutdinov’s home city Salavat, said: “Sure it's hard, but I will not approach it that way. I am not nervous about getting into the Wroclaw team. What will be, will be.
“I like speedway, I want to learn and I know that I have joined a very good club that gives me opportunities to grow. At the moment, this is the most important thing for me.
“I have already spent time doing my pre-season preparations there and I am very impressed with the professionalism of this club. I have not seen such a superbly run club yet. Everything is spot on.”