SGP 2018 REVIEW | ADRIAN FLUX BRITISH SGP
SpeedwayGP.com looks back the best of SGP 2018. Today, we feature the night Bartosz Zmarzlik zoomed to Adrian Flux British SGP success.
30 / 11 / 2018, 12:00
SpeedwayGP.com looks back the best of the SGP 2018 action. Today, we feature the night Bartosz Zmarzlik zoomed to Adrian Flux British SGP success in Cardiff on July 21.
The Polish racer has never failed to reach the Principality Stadium final since joining the FIM Speedway Grand Prix line-up in 2016.
And it was third time lucky in 2018 as Bartek finally won at the sport’s biggest venue – making it back-to-back victories for Polish riders in the Welsh capital.
While a huge home crowd turned out in force, hoping to see World Championship leader Tai Woffinden cement his spot at the top with his first Cardiff win, Zmarzlik had other ideas.
The Gorzow icon dropped just two points on his way to top spot on the heat scorechart, racing to 13 from a possible 15 with three wins and two seconds as only Woffinden and Greg Hancock defeated him.
The trio were the men to beat as Woffinden took second place on the scorechart with 11, while Hancock defied a last in his opener to tally 10 along with Patryk Dudek.
The first semi-final showdown was an all-Polish affair – potentially a sign of things to come for the sport’s strongest nation.
Zmarzlik got the best of it, with Janowski beating Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Dudek to second place as Magic closed on becoming only the second rider to win back-to-back British SGP’s in Cardiff – following in the footsteps of 2006, 2008 and 2009 winner Crump.
Woffinden staked his claim for victory by winning semi two ahead of Hancock and Sayfutdinov, with the heroic Craig Cook pulling up in his first SGP semi as he felt the effects of a heavy crash in heat 20.
As the riders emerged for the final, Cardiff implored Woffinden to bring it home for the Brits. But Zmarzlik had other ideas and stepped up his own title push which ended with a silver medal.
Janowski took his place on the podium for a second straight season, making do with third this time, while Hancock finished fourth.
A Cardiff win is one of the few things missing from Woffinden’s sensational speedway CV and after becoming Britain’s first triple world champion, next year hands him another shot at becoming the nation’s first home SGP winner since Chris Harris topped the Principality Stadium podium in 2007. But history suggests Zmarzlik might have something to say about that.