VACULIK SEEKS SGP STAY
Krsko winner Martin Vaculik isn’t taking his Slovenian success for granted as bids to stay in the SGP series “until the end of my career."
13 / 05 / 2017, 11:25
Krsko winner Martin Vaculik isn’t taking his Slovenian success for granted as bids to stay in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series “until the end of my career.”
The Slovak star goes into tonight’s LOTTO Warsaw SGP of Poland on the back of winning last Saturday’s SGP qualification quarter final in his hometown Zarnovica, beating SGP opponents in Matej Zagar and Patryk Dudek.
He now has to negotiate a semi-final in either Olching or Terenzano and then finish in the top three in the GP Challenge at Russian race track Togliatti on August 19 to earn an SGP return for 2018.
I may have won the first SGP in Krsko, but I want to be sure about qualifying for next year, in case I’m not in the top eight. I want to stay in the Grand Prix until the end of my career.
But Vaculik could qualify by finishing in the World Championship’s top eight and goes into tonight’s meeting at PGE Narodowy joint top of the standings on 16 points after winning the AZTORIN Slovenian SGP on April 29.
Despite a dream start to his first SGP series since 2013, Vaculik had no hesitation about entering the qualification race as he bids to cement his spot on speedway’s biggest stage.
Vaculik, runner-up at last year’s GP Challenge in Vetlanda, said: “I may have won the first SGP in Krsko, but I want to be sure about qualifying for next year, in case I’m not in the top eight. I want to stay in the Grand Prix until the end of my career.
“I really love racing in the series and I would like to stay there for as long as possible. After what I did in Vetlanda last year, I want to be sure that I’m there again next season.”
Having earned his spot the hard way, without the aid of a permanent wild card, Vaculik insists he’s happy to graft for his place in the big time.
He said: “I can’t rely on getting a wild card and that’s why I have to work harder. Maybe that’s better for me, so it’s no problem.”