PUTTING THE HAMMERS DOWN
Monday 1st October 2012, 23:02
GP Challenge winner Krzysztof Kasprzak spearheaded Poole to their fourth Elite League play-off final in five seasons as they smashed a helpless Lakeside team 61-30 at Wimborne Road on Monday night.
KK celebrated becoming a full-time Grand Prix star for 2013 by leading from the front with a 14 paid 15-point maximum.
He was joined in heat 15 by compatriot Piotr Pawlicki, who thundered past Stuart Robson to seal a 12 paid 15-point full house.
This allowed World Championship leader Chris Holder to take just four rides and he notched an 11 paid 12-point maximum. Double World Under-21 champion Darcy Ward also went unbeaten on 12.
Kim Nilsson was Lakeside’s top performer on seven as they went down 108-73 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Swindon all but booked their place in the title decider with a sublime 55-35 triumph in their semi-final, first leg at Birmingham.
The spectacular Peter Kildemand was Robins’ hero with a 14 paid 15-point unbeaten display, while his GP Challenge rival Troy Batchelor dropped just a point on 13 paid 14.
SGP rider Hans Andersen, who also raced at Gorican on Saturday, picked up eight paid nine and Jason Doyle added nine paid 10.
German rider Martin Smolinski led the Brummies on nine paid 12, while Ben Barker bagged a straight nine. Grand Prix regular Bjarne Pedersen collected five.
The second leg takes place at Blunsdon on Thursday and Poole have confirmed they will stage the second leg of the final on October 15.
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