VACULIK FLYING FOR FALUBAZ
Martin Vaculik admits his winter switch to Polish side Zielona Gora was “one of the best decisions I have made in my speedway career."
12 / 06 / 2019, 12:52
Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits his winter switch to Polish side Zielona Gora was “one of the best decisions I have made in my speedway career” after a fast start to 2019.
The Zarnovica-born racer made the brave call to swap Gorzow for their deadliest rivals and he has started the season in red-hot form. He’s currently sixth in the PGE Ekstraliga averages on 2.342 points per race – or 9.37 using British calculations.
Piling up points in Poland hasn’t done Vaculik any harm on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stage, and he’s fourth in the World Championship on 24 points – four off top spot going into the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague this Saturday.
I’m very glad I went to Zielona Gora because I feel new energy and new power at the club.
Vaculik admits he’s enjoying life in Falubaz colours. He said: “I’m very glad I went to Zielona Gora because I feel new energy and new power at the club.
“It’s very good for me. They understand everything I tell them and they are a very professional club with great fans.
“It’s really one of the best decisions I have made in my speedway career to go there and I am very happy to be part of the team.
“My points are pretty good this year. I am always working hard to find a good setup and be sharp on the track. I’ll just keep focused and try and score a lot of points for the team.”
Another big call Vaculik made over the winter was opting not to race in Sweden, competing solely in the Polish and Czech leagues to conserve his energy for SGP action.
“It was a very good decision for me,” he said. “This season is really working for me. The PGE Ekstraliga, Czech league and SGP series is enough for me. I don’t want to handle more meetings.”
One extra meeting Vaculik will be taking on is the GP Challenge at Gorican on August 24, after he finished second at the qualifying semi-final in Zarnovica last Saturday.
The top three in Croatia are guaranteed places in SGP 2020. Despite being granted wild cards for the last two years, Vaculik is determined to take his World Championship in his own hands – just as he did when he finished second in the 2016 GP Challenge at Vetlanda to qualify for 2017.
He said: “That’s a very important meeting for me because you never know what can happen in the Grand Prix.
“If there’s a chance, I want to make it for 2020 by myself and qualify. Many times BSI and the FIM have been so kind to me and have given me a wild card. I feel that I need to be fair too and I want to be in the qualification system.”