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VACULIK'S STARTING STRUGGLE

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits his struggle from the starts cost him in Malilla as he fell short of the Scandinavian SGP final.

20 / 08 / 2019, 12:30

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits his struggle from the starts cost him in Malilla as he fell short of the Scandinavian SGP final on Saturday.

Vaculik exited the meeting on nine points, but remains fourth in the World Championship on 68 – level with Emil Sayfutdinov in third and just seven short of leader Leon Madsen.

Three second places in six rounds have ensured the Zielona Gora racer is firmly in title contention with four SGPs to go.

It was not a completely bad night for me. I got nine points and it’s important to be stable in the Grand Prix. I will take the experience from this night and go forward.

Martin Vaculik

But Vaculik says sluggish starts didn’t help his cause on Saturday. He said: “To be honest, it was a tough night. I was struggling with the setup all night and our goal was to find a good setup for the gates. There were some heats were it was possible to pass someone on the outside. I did it a few times.

“But if you win a gate and hit the right line on the track, you can be very fast. It was not a completely bad night for me. I got nine points and it’s important to be stable in the Grand Prix. I will take the experience from this night and go forward.”

Vaculik still has former Tarnow team mate Madsen in his sights as he chases the sport’s biggest prize.

“Leon has been fast all season and that’s all I can say,” he said. “But I will definitely try to be fast as well.”

Next up for Vaculik is the AZTORIN German SGP in Teterow on August 31. The Zarnovica-born racer finished second at the Bergring Arena in 2017 and would love to produce another big performance there.

He said: “I like the track in Teterow. I will just keep focused and do the job the best I can.”

 

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