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COOK INTO CHALLENGE WITH GLASGOW MAX

GB star Craig Cook proved he has 2020 vision as he won the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification semi-final in Glasgow with a 15-point max.

08 / 06 / 2019, 23:36

Great Britain star Craig Cook proved he has 2020 vision as he won the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification semi-final in Glasgow with a 15-point maximum on Saturday.

The Cumbrian went unbeaten on his SGB Championship home track to book his place at the GP Challenge in Gorican on August 24, where the top three earn places in SGP 2020.

He was joined in qualifying by Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen, who finished second on 13 after winning a run-off with Swedish surprise package Pontus Aspgren after they tied on points.

Aspgren still did enough to make it through – as did SGP first reserve Robert Lambert, who qualified on 12 in fourth place.

There was disappointment for 2012 world champion Chris Holder, who missed out on 11 – a score matched by Italian star Nicolas Covatti. World Under-21 champion Bartosz Smektala exited on six points.

SGP duo Martin Vaculik and Matej Zagar both booked places in the GP Challenge in the Zarnovica semi-final.

The Slovak round was won by Denmark’s Anders Thomsen on 14 points, but home hero Vaculik took second place on 13.

Swedish international Peter Ljung won a run-off for third with Zagar after they finished level on 12, but both qualify for the GP Challenge.

Latvia’s Andzejs Lebedevs just fell short on 10, while former world No.2 Jaroslaw Hampel was the biggest casualty on nine.

French racer David Bellego sent his home fans wild as he triumphed in the Lamothe Landerron semi-final with 14 points.

He’s joined in the Challenge by French league regular Chris Harris, who put his experience in the country to good use to qualify on 13. He now lines up on a Gorican track where he finished second in successive Croatian SGPs in 2010 and 2011 and reached the semi in 2012.

The final qualification berths went to Denmark’s Mikkel Michelsen and Max Fricke, with the Lublin star winning a run-off after they tied on 12.

Three or four more qualifiers will join the line-up following Monday’s final semi in Abensberg, Germany. Croatian hero Jurica Pavlic lines up there and he is tipped to receive a wild card if he doesn’t reach the top four, meaning only those who reach the rostrum are certain of qualification.

GLASGOW SCORES: 1. Craig Cook 15, 2. Niels Kristian Iversen 13+3, 3. Pontus Aspgren 13+2 , 4. Robert Lambert 12, 5. Chris Holder 11, 6. Nicolas Covatti 11, 7. Broc Nicol 9, 8. Tero Aarnio 7, 9. Bartosz Smektala 6, 10. Jacob Thorssell 6, 11. Ondrej Smetana 5, 12. Glenn Moi 3, 13. Kyle Bickley 3, 14. Hans Andersen 2, 15. Dimitri Berge 2, 16. Sebastian Niedzwiedz 1, 17. Rohan Tungate 1, 18. Leon Flint 0.

ZARNOVICA SCORES: 1. Anders Thomsen 14, 2. Martin Vaculik 13, 3. Peter Ljung 12+3, 4. Matej Zagar 12+2, 5. Andzejs Lebedevs 10, 6. Jaroslaw Hampel 9, 7. Krzysztof Buczkowski 8, 8. Andrei Kudriashov 7, 9. Eduard Krcmar 5, 10. Gleb Chugunov 5, 11. Daniel Bewley 5, 12. Olegs Mihailovs 5, 13. Andriy Karpov 5, 14. Josef Franc 5, 15. Norbert Magosi 3, 16. Joel Kling 2, 17. Jakub Valkovic 0, 18. Jan Mihalik DNR.

LAMOTHE LANDERRON SCORES: 1. David Bellego 14, 2. Chris Harris 13, 3. Mikkel Michelsen 12+3, 4. Max Fricke 12+2, 5. Szymon Wozniak 11, 6. Wiktor Kulakov 10, 7. Oliver Berntzon 9, 8. Kai Huckenbeck 7, 9. Max Dilger 7, 10. Luke Becker 6, 11. Bradley Wilson-Dean 5, 12. Mathieu Tresarrieu 5, 13. Zdenek Holub 5, 14. Stephane Tresarrieu 2, 15. Jesse Mustonen 2, 16. Nicolas Vicentin 0, 17. Gaetan Stella 0.

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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