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BUCZKOWSKI CHASES SGP 2014

Bydgoszcz wild card Krzysztof Buczkowski made a successful start to his SGP qualification bid after reaching the Polish Golden Helmet Final.

17 / 04 / 2013, 12:16

Bydgoszcz wild card Krzysztof Buczkowski enjoyed a successful start to his bid to become a full-time Grand Prix star in 2014 after reaching the Polish Golden Helmet Final.

Buczkowski makes his full World Championship debut in the Motorsportwash.com European SGP at the ZKS Polonia Stadium on Saturday and warmed up by scoring 12 points to earn fourth place and qualify from the semi-final at Krosno on Tuesday.

The round was won by Leszno and Coventry rider Grzegorz Zengota, who notched 14, along with 2011 SGP rider Janusz Kolodziej and former World Under-21 champion Maciej Janowski.

Daniel Jeleniewski claimed the reserve place on 10 points, while former world No.4 Rune Holta was a high-profile casualty on seven.

Zielona Gora starlet Patryk Dudek won the semi-final at Opole on 13 points after winning his final four rides. Rzeszow veteran Rafal Okoniewski was second on 11 – a score matched by former World Under-21 finalist Piotr Pawlicki.

Torun favourite Adrian Miedzinski and Polish champion Tomasz Jedrzejak both qualified on 10. Ex-Grand Prix rider Grzegorz Walasek won a run-off for the reserve berth with European SGP track reserve Mikolaj Curylo after they tied on nine.

Leszno stalwart Damian Balinski triumphed in the third semi at Rawicz – tying on 13 points with former SGP regular Sebastian Ulamek.

Balinski’s Bulls team mates Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Tobiasz Musielak also made the cut on 11 points after coming through a three-man run-off, which saw Coventry rider Michal Szczepaniak lose out. He takes the reserve place.

Polish international Piotr Protasiewicz just missed out on 10, but Rawicz rider Mariusz Puszakowski is set for a reprieve, despite falling short on nine. He will reportedly be given a wild card into the event as Rawicz also stages the Golden Helmet Final on April 25.

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