SWEDEN TAKE IT ALL
Team Sweden reign victorious in Landshut, beating the other six nations to the top step in the Speedway of Nations Race-Off 1.
After a ride each, it was the home nation, Germany, who were sat at the top of the tree, with Martin Smolinski and Kai Huckenbeck taking a 5-1. Sweden and Poland sat in joint second after a shared heat in heat three.
However, as the meeting progressed Swedish rocket, Freddie Lindgren, continued to take the World stage by storm as he went through the card to take Sweden to the final. Polish GP stars, Bartosz Zmarzlik and Patryk Dudek, carried Team Poland through to join Sweden and Russia in Togliatti for the final.
Both renowned International Speedway stars, Matej Zagar and Vaclav Milik, led their less experienced teammates to heat 22- a fight for the last spot in the showdown for heat 23. Milik dropped the clutch and pulled away from the trailing trio, creating hope for Czech Republic. However, despite Zagar’s efforts, the Slovenian was unable to hold off Edward Krcmar and prevent Czech joining Germany in heat 23.
Home hero’s Smolinski and Huckenbeck managed to out gate the Czech duo to start the race with a 5-1. However, Milik eventually worked his way past Huckenbeck to set up a perfect last lap push for the win on Smolinski, putting in all his efforts to secure a 3-3. But, with the newly introduced rule stating that the highest ranked nation will take heat advantage, Team Germany bagged their place in the final in Togliatti in July.
With over half of this years final line-up being complete: Russia, Sweden, Poland and Germany, it leaves three open spots for nations from Race-Off 2 next week in Manchester.