SGP 2018 REVIEW | NORRBIL SWEDISH SGP
SpeedwayGP.com looks back at all the SGP 2018 action. Today, we feature a moment of Magic as FIM Speedway Grand Prix came to Hallstavik.
23 / 11 / 2018, 11:25
SpeedwayGP.com looks back at all the SGP 2018 action. Today, we feature a moment of Magic as the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series came to Hallstavik for the first time.
The HZ Bygg Arena welcomed the world’s top riders for the Norrbil Swedish SGP on July 7 and a big crowd turned out in sunny Sweden, hoping to see home hero Freddie Lindgren regain the initiative in the title race.
But despite storming to second place, there was little he could do to stop Great Britain ace Tai Woffinden striding another point clear as he finished fourth on 16, with only meeting winner Maciej Janowski out-scoring him on 18.
It was always going to take something special to beat Woffy on the night as he raced to top spot in the heats with 13 points – finishing level with Emil Sayfutdinov as they won three races and claimed two seconds apiece.
But Janowski was handed the ultimate wake-up call in his opening ride when he finished last behind Woffinden, Chris Holder and Greg Hancock.
It fired the Wroclaw-born star into action and he blazed through his following four heats unbeaten to qualify for the semis on 12.
Lindgren also made it through to the business end of the meeting on 11 points and was in the running for victory.
Woffinden and Lindgren booked their final spots first as they saw off Hancock and Jason Doyle – two Hallstavik track specialists – in semi-final one.
Janowski then delivered a big win in semi two under severe pressure from Bartosz Zmarzlik, with Emil Sayfutdinov third after his compatriot Artem Laguta was excluded from the initial staging of the race for felling his Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations team mate.
Magic’s purple patch continued in the final showdown as he stormed to a huge win, while Lindgren bagged second and Zmarzlik stepped up his own title challenge with a much-needed third place.
Woffinden took his second fourth-place finish of 2018. But having also won two rounds up to that point, he went 11 points clear at the World Championship summit going into the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff.