THOMSEN GOING FOR POLISH GOLD
Enea Gorzow SGP wild card Anders Thomsen has PGE Ekstraliga gold in his sights after Gorzow defied the odds to confirm their play-off place.
09 / 09 / 2020, 10:00
Enea Gorzow SGP wild card Anders Thomsen has PGE Ekstraliga gold in his sights after Gorzow defied the odds to confirm their place in the play-offs.
Despite starting the season with defeat in their opening six matches, Gorzow put together a breathtaking charge of eight straight victories to go from bottom of the table without a point at the start of last month to standing second on 21.
Thomsen and team mates Bartosz Zmarzlik and Niels-Kristian Iversen can now focus on Friday and Saturday’s Enea Gorzow SGP rounds, knowing play-off qualification is certain after Lublin’s loss at Grudziadz last night.
We are really dangerous for the other teams because we have found something that works, and I am sure when we go into the play-offs, we will be fighting for the gold medal.
But after he has battled the world’s elite for individual glory this weekend, Thomsen’s focus turns to chasing Gorzow’s first title since 2016.
After three years of Leszno dominance, the Dane sees no reason why the division’s in-form team cannot regain the PGE Ekstraliga crown.
He said: “We are in really good form – all of us in the team. We are so good on our home track.
“We are really dangerous for the other teams because we have found something that works, and I am sure when we go into the play-offs, we will be fighting for the gold medal.”
Thomsen admits life was far from easy for the Gorzow side as they found themselves bottom of the table and struggling for form.
He said: “I can tell you there was a lot of pressure on us, especially when we started losing on our home track. But I normally say that when it starts out bad, it ends up good. Everything has turned around now and we have won the last few matches.
“Of course many of them have been on our home track, but we have really found our form and had a good team spirit.
“The guys in Gorzow – the board and the president – have been so good to us. They try not to put any pressure on us.
“It was a case of if we make the play-offs, that’s great. If not, it’s next year! That’s how I think clubs should be. It’s so good for the riders. There isn’t so much stress and it’s more relaxed. That’s helping us out now and we have started winning.”
Gorzow also had to contend with the impact of a freak electrical fire at their Edward Jancarz Stadium home on July 3, which halted their match with Czestochowa and prevented the club from staging any home fixtures for a month.
“The fire was bad,” Thomsen said. “We were leading that meeting and it was just bad luck. They got it fixed and of course it cost the club a lot of money.
“But the new guys there really know how to make money for the club. They have done an amazing job. I cannot say anything bad about Gorzow. It’s the best club I have ever been in.”
Thomsen goes into the Enea Gorzow SGP weekend in the form of his life and is currently 14th in the PGE Ekstraliga average charts on 1.984 points per race.
It’s fair to say he has made himself at home in Gorzow. He said: “My form at the moment is pretty good, so I will just try to keep it up. It’s my second year with Gorzow and over the last month, I have really found something that’s working great on the track, together with my tuner and team.
“My starts have been better. These engines are so much better from the start, and fast starts are extra points.”