SGP 2018 REVIEW | WOFFY GOES TOP IN HORSENS
SpeedwayGP.com takes a look back at SGP 2018. Today, we review the night Tai Woffinden took charge at the top in the WD-40 Danish SGP.
16 / 11 / 2018, 11:05
SpeedwayGP.com takes a look back at SGP 2018. Today, we review the night Tai Woffinden took charge at the top in the WD-40 Danish SGP in Horsens.
With the Great Britain star smarting from finishing fourth at the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague following a fierce first-lap battle with series leader Freddie Lindgren, the Scunthorpe-born man arrived in Denmark determined to hit the front in the World Championship race.
And that’s exactly what he did as he topped the rostrum at the CASA Arena to claim a series lead he never relinquished.
Woffy led the heat scorechart with three race wins and 12 points, with American icon Greg Hancock second after also registering 12 and two heat victories.
But the most valuable one for Woffinden came in heat 20. The Brit inflicted the perfect blow in the world title fight when he passed Lindgren on the final lap to win the race and knock the Swede out of the meeting before the semi-finals.
It meant Woffinden had assumed a four-point series lead and had two races to extend it, unchallenged by his nearest rival. And he did just that as he headed Jason Doyle, Emil Sayfutdinov and Chris Holder in semi-final one.
Hancock triumphed in semi-final two, which saw heartbreak for Bartosz Zmarzlik and Nicki Pedersen.
An exclusion for the Pole ultimately proved very expensive in the world title race as he was unable to add to the 10 points he tallied in the heats. And after missing out on the world title by 10, there’s no doubt the chance to score up to six in the semis and final would have boosted his chances.
Pedersen stormed into the top eight on 11, but he was unable to end his hunt for a Danish SGP win after Artem Laguta, who only sneaked in on eight, fended him off superbly to claim second.
There was no stopping Woffinden in the final as he raced to his second SGP victory in three rounds, with Laguta recording his best SGP result to that point as he finished second.
Hancock in third ended the night on 16 points – his best score of 2018 and a huge boost after a long winter recovering from shoulder surgery.
But with Woffinden roaring into a 10-point lead, it was set to be a long summer for his rivals as the chase began.