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EKSTRALIGA | WORLD CHAMP INSPIRES GORZOW'S FIRST WIN

Bartosz Zmarzlik blazed to an 18-point max to grab Gorzow a first PGE Ekstraliga win of 2020, while Wroclaw inflicted Leszno's first loss.

09 / 08 / 2020, 20:24

World champion Bartosz Zmarzlik blazed to an 18-point maximum to earn Gorzow their first PGE Ekstraliga win of 2020, while Wroclaw pair Tai Woffinden and Max Fricke inflicted Leszno’s first loss of the season.

In an epic day of last-heat deciders on Sunday, Zmarzlik brought huge relief to relegation-fighting Gorzow this afternoon, as he went unbeaten from six races in their 47-43 triumph at home to Lublin.

Meanwhile, Leszno lost their 100 percent record as Fricke and Woffinden worked wonders to keep Janusz Kolodziej at the back in heat 15, sealing the 3-3 Wroclaw needed to defeat the PGE Ekstraliga champions.

With the Edward Jancarz Stadium up and running again following last month’s electrical fire, Gorzow were determined to step up their survival fight.

Russian racer Grigorii Laguta starred for Lublin with a fantastic 13 points, while SGP star Matej Zagar raced to nine paid 10. But Zmarzlik saw the pair off in heat 15 to seal the points.

SGP first reserve Mikkel Michelsen also impressed on eight paid 10 for the visitors, who claimed the bonus point 96-84 on aggregate.

Jack Holder backed up Zmarzlik on nine paid 11. The Aussie was in the wars in heat nine, when Laguta slammed into the side of him coming off the final turn after picking up some unexpected drive. The Lublin man was excluded and given a yellow card for the move, which Holder walked away from after a short breather on the shale.

Danish racer Anders Thomsen added eight paid nine for Gorzow, while SGP rider Niels-Kristian Iversen collected five paid seven.

The action switched to Wroclaw, where two likely play-off rivals exchanged the lead over a tense night of action.

Leszno’s world No.3 Emil Sayfutdinov was in almost unstoppable form on 14 points, winning the last-heat decider to pile the pressure on Wroclaw pair Woffinden and Fricke.

Fricke has endured an indifferent start to 2020, but roared into form tonight with nine paid 10 points and an ice cool ride alongside Woffinden to take second place behind Sayfutdinov in heat 15.

The Brit needed nerves of steel with Kolodziej snapping at his heels for four laps. But he held firm, finishing his night with 10 paid 12 to send the Olympic Stadium crowd crazy.

Local hero Maciej Janowski raced to eight paid 10 for the hosts, while reserve Gleb Chugunov notched nine.

Polish star Dominik Kubera impressed at reserve for Leszno on 10 points, with Kolodziej recording a handy seven paid 10 as the Bulls bagged the bonus point 97-83 on aggregate.

For full details of the day’s results, scorers and the latest league table, click here: http://bit.ly/2uoK8OX.

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