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SGP 2018 REVIEW | MIB NORDIC GORZOW SGP

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at the best of the SGP 2018 season. Today, we feature the MIB Nordic Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland.

14 / 12 / 2018, 12:00

SpeedwayGP.com looks back at the best of the SGP 2018 season. Today, we feature the MIB Nordic Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland.

This was a night for the home heroes as then Gorzow skipper Martin Vaculik and local hero Bartosz Zmarzlik hit red-hot form at the Edward Jancarz Stadium.

It looked destined to be the night Zmarzlik topped the podium in his home event for the second time in his career.

But Vaculik was a man on a mission and produced one of the rides of the season to overhaul him in the final – a feat few riders ever achieve in Gorzow.

Zmarzlik was the man to beat in the heats, racing to 13 points with four wins and only a third place behind Maciej Janowski and Tai Woffinden in heat nine blotting his scorechart. Meanwhile, Vaculik reached the semis on 12.

That was just a taste of what was to come in an incredible climax to the night as both Zmarzlik and Vaculik won their semi-finals, with Patryk Dudek and Tai Woffinden joining them in the last four.

The tension only rose after three false starts. The first saw referee Krister Gardell opt against issuing a warning. The second saw Zmarzlik and Dudek collide, bursting a section of the air fence.

After a short delay, Dudek jumped the start at the third attempt and was issued a warning by the Swedish official.

When the final did eventually get going, it was one of the races of the season. Zmarzlik took off at the front, but Vaculik had the pace to reel him in and pull off a sensational swoop for the lead going into lap two.

It marked the culmination of a phenomenal comeback for Vaculik, who suffered a badly broken ankle at Swindon just four and a half months prior to this night and worked miracles to get his season back on course.

There’s no doubt this performance had a huge hand in earning him a permanent wild card for 2019 from the SGP Commission.

And despite making a huge move from Gorzow to the club’s deadly rivals Zielona Gora at the end of the season, there’s no doubt he will remember one of the greatest nights of his career at the Edward Jancarz Stadium.

 

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