DUDEK SEALS TOP-TWO FINISH FOR DACKARNA
Patryk Dudek powered to a 15-point maximum for Dackarna as they guaranteed an Elitserien semi-final spot with a 48-42 win at Lejonen.
14 / 08 / 2018, 20:43
Polish racer Patryk Dudek powered to a 15-point maximum for Dackarna as they guaranteed a Swedish Elitserien semi-final spot with a 48-42 triumph away to Lejonen on Tuesday.
The world No.2 went unbeaten over five rides in Gislaved to ensure the Malilla men will finish in the top two, avoiding the quarter finals.
He was aided by nine paid 11 from four-time world champion Greg Hancock and nine from Pawel Przedpelski. Maciej Janowski struggled to three on the day former Wroclaw team mate Tomasz Jedrzejak passed away in Poland.
Finnish racer Timo Lahti led the Lions scorechart on 11, while Australian champion Rohan Tungate tallied 10. Chris Holder collected five paid seven points.
Lions are sixth – level on 10 points with Vastervik in seventh. The coastal club’s clash with Masarna was abandoned due to rain after one heat, meaning they have a match in hand in the race for the last play-off place.
Smederna are in the driver’s seat for the second semi-final berth after they saw off Indianerna 47-42 in Eskilstuna, courtesy of 14 points from Swedish icon Freddie Lindgren.
Poland’s Krzysztof Buczkowski bagged 10 paid 12, with Michael Jepsen Jensen adding eight paid 10 and SGP 2019 star Niels-Kristian Iversen scoring seven paid nine points. World Championship leader Tai Woffinden topped the Indians scorechart on 14 as they prepare for the quarter finals.
In the day’s other meeting, Bartosz Zmarzlik bagged 15 paid 16 points for Vetlanda as they triumphed 48-41 at home to Rospiggarna to keep their slender hopes of second spot alive.
Zmarzlik was backed up by 14 from Leon Madsen, with Brady Kurtz enjoying another strong Swedish display on 12. The hosts were without SGP rider Artem Laguta, who withdrew from the meeting following Jedrzejak’s death.
World champion Jason Doyle starred for Rospiggarna on 12, while Robert Lambert racked up nine paid 11.
Rospiggarna and Vetlanda could yet snatch second from Smederna, who hold a three-point advantage going into the final round of matches next Tuesday.
But while Smederna travel to table-topping Dackarna, Rospiggarna race Lejonen at home and Vetlanda head to relegated Masarna, giving both a chance to close the deficit, meaning points difference could be crucial. Smederna have the edge on 99, but Rospiggarna are within striking distance on 72 with Vetlanda a long way adrift on 44 and likely to be in the quarters.
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