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EKSTRALIGA | GORZOW MAXIMUM MEN SEAL POINTS

Bartosz Zmarzlik and Martin Vaculik both roared to maximums as Gorzów stormed to a 52-38 PGE Ekstraliga victory at home to Lublin.

11 / 04 / 2021, 20:57

FIM Speedway Grand Prix duo Bartosz Zmarzlik and Martin Vaculík both roared to maximums as Gorzów stormed to a 52-38 PGE Ekstraliga victory at home to Lublin on Sunday.

Zmarzlik delivered perfection on his first home league appearance at the Edward Jancarz Stadium, racking up a 15-point maximum and winning many of his heats by a considerable margin.

He was brilliantly backed by Slovak star Vaculík, who scored a 13 paid 15-point full house as Gorzów maintained their 100-percent record.

Danish champion Anders Thomsen also impressed for Gorzów on 11 paid 12 points. He earned his points the hard way after starting the afternoon with a crash in the opening exchanges of heat three.

Thomsen got up and led a breathtaking charge past Lublin star Krzysztof Buczkowski alongside team mate Szymon Woźniak. They hunted down Lublin’s Mikkel Michelsen with Thomsen stealing away the win brilliantly on the final lap.

The SGP wild card had to make do with a second place behind Jarosław Hampel in race six.

He then endured another trip into the air fence when he was unsettled going into turn one by team mate Wiktor Jasiński’s furious charge from gate four. Thomsen locked up and Michelsen had nowhere to go, with the two Danes crashing hard.

All four riders were allowed back into the restart and Thomsen finished third, while Michelsen led team mate Grigorii Laguta to a 5-1.

Thomsen enjoyed a smoother run for the rest of the evening, joining Zmarzlik on a 5-1 in heat 13 to all but seal the win, before putting the result beyond doubt by taking the chequered flag in race 14.

Michelsen was Lublin’s top performer on 10, while Hampel added nine paid 11 and Laguta picked up eight paid nine.

The day’s other meeting saw Leszno bounce back from last Sunday’s shock home loss to Gorzów in style, with former Polish champion Janusz Kołodziej leading them to a fantastic 49-41 victory in Częstochowa.

The former Czech SGP winner dropped just a point to world No.3 Freddie Lindgren in his opening ride on his way to 13 paid 14.

Piotr Pawlicki raced to 10 paid 12, with Jason Doyle tallying 10 and Emil Sayfutdinov scoring seven. After a tough opening weekend, World Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey blazed back into form on eight paid nine.

Danish ace Leon Madsen was the Lions’ top scorer on 14 from six races, while his SGP rival Lindgren bagged five.

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

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