Rune Holta reminded the speedway world he is still a force to be reckoned with after clinching the famous Czech Golden Helmet in Pardubice.
02 / 10 / 2011, 17:21
Polish international Rune Holta reminded the speedway world he is still a force to be reckoned with after clinching the prestigious Czech Golden Helmet in Pardubice on Sunday afternoon.
The 38-year-old has had a nightmare 2011 after badly injuring both his wrists in a Polish Ekstraliga crash at Rzeszow on April 25 – just five days before the opening Grand Prix of the season.
But on one of European speedway’s longest and fastest circuits, Holta dropped just one point in six rides on his way to winning one of the sport’s biggest open meetings, which features six riders per race.
Only German international Tobias Busch pipped him to the chequered flag when they met in the quarter finals. Holta then went unbeaten for the rest of the meeting and headed Swedish star Antonio Lindback and Polish Under-21 champion Piotr Pawlicki.
Danish junior Lasse Bjerre was fourth in the final, defeating Poole skipper Davey Watt and his brother Kenneth Bjerre.
Peterborough rider Hans Andersen won the consolation final ahead of Slovakian racer Martin Vaculik and Czech international Ales Dryml. Tomas Suchanek, Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Busch followed them over the line.