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VACULIK'S SWEDISH HOME COMFORTS

Slovak star Martin Vaculik saluted Swedish side Vetlanda for their role in helping him secure his FIM Speedway Grand Prix return.

16 / 02 / 2017, 10:42

Slovak star Martin Vaculik saluted Swedish side Vetlanda for their role in helping him secure his FIM Speedway Grand Prix return for this season.

The Zarnovica-born racer finished second in last year’s GP Challenge at Vetlanda to book his World Championship return after a three-year absence.

I spent five years at Vetlanda. It’s a lovely club, with a lovely track and lovely people. I have many friends there and I feel it’s my second home.

Martin Vaculik

Vaculik is no stranger to the town, having raced there previously from late 2009 until 2012 and remains a huge favourite after playing his part in two Elitserien title triumphs in 2010 and 2012.

Having lifted the championship with Rospiggarna last season, Vaculik was targeted to replace Britain’s Tai Woffinden.

And the 26-year-old admits Vetlanda did their bit to support him in his SGP ambitions, even before he put pen to paper for this season.

He said: “I want to say thank you to Vetlanda that I can be part of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

“My experience of many years there definitely helped me get back into the Grand Prix. It helped me that I know the track, and the people from the club told me exactly how the track would look for the meeting.

“I spent five years at Vetlanda. It’s a lovely club, with a lovely track and lovely people. I have many friends there and I feel it’s my second home.

“Vetlanda is an important and great place for me. I spent two and a half years at Rospiggarna, but I thought my time there was over. Now it’s time to move somewhere else, and I think Vetlanda is the right place for me.”

 

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