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ZAGAR LEADS CHALLENGE CHARGE

SGP star Matej Zagar took a giant stride towards a spot in SGP 2019 after booking a berth at the GP Challenge with victory in Zarnovica.

19 / 05 / 2018, 22:27

FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Matej Zagar took a giant stride towards a spot in SGP 2019 after booking a berth at the GP Challenge with victory in the Zarnovica qualifier on Saturday.

The Slovenian finished joint top of the scorechart with former SGP rival Antonio Lindback on 14 points in Slovakia, before winning a run-off with the Swede to bag top spot on the podium.

They were joined in qualifying by Polish racer Janusz Kolodziej, who scored 13 to claim the third and final place – pipping former world No.2 Jaroslaw Hampel into the Challenge by a point.

Elsewhere, 2014 World Championship silver medallist Krzysztof Kasprzak reached the Landshut showdown on July 28 with victory in the semi at Danish track Slangerup.

The meeting was delayed by a few hours due to rain, but that didn’t stop KK, who triumphed on 13 points.

He was followed into the Challenge by Aussie racer Jack Holder after the Somerset and Torun man finished second on 12 to move within five good rides of joining elder brother Chris on the SGP stage.

Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen stepped up his bid for an SGP return, bagging third spot on 11 to make it to Landshut. GB star Robert Lambert, Brady Kurtz and Timo Lahti all missed out on 10.

Meanwhile in Lonigo, Kenneth Bjerre took a step closer towards an SGP return with victory on 13 points.

The battle for second and third was tense, with France star David Bellego and German rider Kevin Wolbert tying on 12 points with 2007 British SGP winner Chris Harris, forcing a run-off for the final two spots. And it was heartbreak for Harris as Bellego triumphed with Wolbert second.

The final qualifier for the GP Challenge takes place at German venue Abensberg on Monday.

ZARNOVICA SCORES: 1 Matej Zagar 14+3, 2 Antonio Lindback 14+2, 3 Janusz Kolodziej 13, 4 Jaroslaw Hampel 12, 5 Eduard Krcmar 10, 6 Michael Jepsen Jensen 10, 7 Gleb Chugunov 8, 8 Andzejs Lebedevs 7, 9 Jurica Pavlic 7, 10 Josef Franc 7, 11 Matic Ivacic 5, 12 Andrei Kudriashov 5, 13 Ricky Wells 5, 14 Norbert Magosi 2, 15 David Pacalaj 1, 16 Jan Mihalik 0, 17 Milan Manev 0, 18 Jakub Valkovic 0.

SLANGERUP SCORES: 1 Krzysztof Kasprzak 13, 2 Jack Holder 12, 3 Niels-Kristian Iversen 11, 4 Robert Lambert 10, 5 Brady Kurtz 10, 6 Timo Lahti 10, 7 Jacob Thorssell 8, 8 Mikkel Michelsen 8, 9 Kim Nilsson 7, 10 Lasse Frederiksen 7, 11 Dan Bewley 6, 12 Anders Thomsen 4, 13 Jevgenijs Kostigovs 4, 14 Jesse Mustonen 4, 15 Andreas Lyager 3, 16 Glenn Moi 2, 17 Bradley Wilson-Dean 1, 18 Witalij Lysak 0.

LONIGO SCORES: 1 Kenneth Bjerre 13, 2 David Bellego 12+3, 3 Kevin Wolbert 12+2, 4 Chris Harris 12+1, 5 Vaclav Milik 10, 6 Andreas Jonsson 10, 7 Linus Sundstrom 10, 8 Bartosz Smektala 9, 9 Rohan Tungate 8, 10 Nicolas Covatti 7, 11 Daniele Tessari 5, 12 Tero Aarnio 5, 13 Davis Kurmis 3, 14 Denis Stojs 2, 15 Mathieu Tressarieu 2, 16 Roland Benko 0, 17 Alessandro Milanese 0.

 

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