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COOK IN THE CHALLENGE

British champion Craig Cook celebrated his birthday in style by booking a place at the GP Challenge for the second straight season.

21 / 05 / 2018, 16:07

British champion Craig Cook celebrated his birthday in style by booking a place at the GP Challenge for the second straight season.

The Belle Vue and Rybnik rider triumphed in today’s qualifier at German track Abensberg, dropping just one point on his way to 14. The result comes as a perfect confidence boost for the man who turns 31 today as he battles to regain top form after a tough start to 2018.

Former SGP star Hans Andersen is also heading to the GP Challenge at Landshut on July 28 after finishing second on 13. Aussie ace Max Fricke snatched the third and final spot on 12.

But there was heartbreak for in-form Polish racer Piotr Pawlicki, who hit the tapes in his final ride to miss out on 11, along with compatriot Krzysztof Buczkowski. German star Martin Smolinski fell short on 10, but will fancy his chances of being handed a wild card for the Challenge, which takes place on his home track in Bavaria.

Sweden’s Peter Ljung was also a casualty on eight and Danish racer Peter Kildemand endured a nightmare afternoon, finishing on six.

ABENSBERG SCORES: 1 Craig Cook 14, 2 Hans Andersen 13, 3 Max Fricke 12, 4 Piotr Pawlicki 11, 5 Krzysztof Buczkowski 11, 6 Martin Smolinski 10, 7 Peter Ljung, 8 Max Dilger 7, 9 Vadim Tarasenko 6, 10 Peter Kildemand 6, 11 Kyle Howarth 6, 12 Mark Riss 4, 13 Matej Kus 4, 14 Paco Castagna 3, 15 Valentin Grobauer 2, 16 Zdenek Simota 2, 17 Mike Jacopetti 1, 18 Dimitri Berge 0.

GP CHALLENGE LINE-UP: Matej Zagar, Antonio Lindback, Janusz Kolodziej, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Jack Holder, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Kenneth Bjerre, David Bellego, Kevin Wolbert, Craig Cook, Hans Andersen, Max Fricke, plus four wild cards TBC.

 

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