TOP EIGHT TOMEK?
Tomasz Gollob’s manager Thomas Gaszynski is backing the Pole to secure a top eight finish ahead of tonight's Rietumu Bank Latvian SGP.
17 / 08 / 2013, 11:00
Tomasz Gollob’s manager Thomas Gaszynski is backing the Pole to secure a top eight finish and avoid leaving himself in the hands of the SGP wild card selectors ahead of tonight’s Rietumu Bank Latvian SGP.
The 42-year-old is precariously placed ninth in the World Championship on 68 points, but he is just three short of fellow SGP legend Greg Hancock, who occupies the eighth and final qualifying berth for 2014.
With world champion Chris Holder likely to drop out of the top eight as he sits out the rest of 2013 due to injury, Gollob will fancy his chances of keeping his place on speedway’s biggest stage with four rounds to race.
Gaszynski accepts a rostrum position is beyond the Torun rider, but he knows automatic qualification is still very much achievable.
That’s the plan and that’s what we’re aiming for – the top eight. Anything else is sort of out of our reach, realistically speaking.
He said: “That’s the plan and that’s what we’re aiming for – the top eight. Anything else is sort of out of our reach, realistically speaking.
“Everything is still up in the air for us, but we’re pretty confident we can stay in the top eight and get back on form for next year.
“The downside is there are a lot of boys behind Tomek pushing him. We still have four rounds to go and Tomek will try to catch up the riders in front – that’s the whole idea. But we’ll have to see how it goes.
“The wild cards are always a tricky situation. There are always lots of good boys who need them or deserve them.
"But we’re still in it. We’ve got our fingers crossed and hopefully everything goes our way.”
Gaszynski hopes Gollob makes the most of a favourable run of circuits at the end of the season and continues his solid run of Latvian SGP medals after finishing third in Daugavpils three times between 2007 and 2009.
He said: “We’ve haven’t been there in a few years, but it has been pretty good for Tomek in the past. We’ve never been able to win it. We’ve been close, but still had some good points on the board.
“We have Krsko to come, where Tomasz won in 2008 and has been on the podium a few times. Stockholm is a question mark for everyone because no-one has been there and then there’s Torun, which Tomasz usually enjoys.”