Dan Bewley was the dominant force as Wroclaw made mathematically certain of league leadership heading into the PGE Ekstraliga play-offs with their 57-33 win over Torun.
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Bewley scored 12+2 from five rides, being unbeaten in his opening four outings before dropping his only point to Patryk Dudek in Heat 15.
The win, and with it the bonus point, takes Wroclaw up to 29 points, seven clear of Lublin with two matches remaining of the regular season, and still in with a chance of completing a perfect league campaign. Their final two regular matches are away at Leszno and at home to Lublin.
In a thoroughly convincing home win, Maicej Janowski and Artem Laguta also hit double figures whilst Tai Woffinden scored 9+1 although he ended the meeting with a retirement.
Dudek dominated the Torun scorecard with 14 points, with Robert Lambert the next best on 7+1, as the visitors were left looking over their shoulders in fifth place with Leszno and Grudziadz just behind them.
At the other end of the table, there were two key results as Leszno first defeated Grudziadz 55-35 to take a big step towards safety.
Fit-again Janusz Kolodziej scored 13 points and Grzegorz Zengota and Chris Holder also returned well, whilst Vadim Tarasenko starred for GKM with 13+1, but a nightmare day for Nicki Pedersen saw him score just one point and fail to finish three times.
Both sides have nine league points, leaving Krosno on four after their huge 28-62 home defeat to Lublin – and last year’s promotion winners therefore now need a miracle to avoid an immediate return to Division One.
Dominik Kubera was another man to prove his fitness with a paid maximum, with Bartosz Zmarzlik also unbeaten as he only took three rides in the meeting, such was the visitors’ dominance.
Elsewhere Gorzow closed in on Czestochowa in the race for third place with a 51-38 win which was also enough for the bonus point. Martin Vaculik won his last three rides and scored 12+1, with Szymon Wozniak and Oskar Fajfer both on 10+1.
There was a bizarre exclusion in the closing stages of the meeting when Anders Thomsen collided with Fajfer and came down on lap four – but before he could push home, he had contact from a member of the medical staff, meaning he was ineligible to score a point.
Czestochowa hold third place on 17 points with Gorzow on 16, with all clubs having two matches remaining of the regular season.
In Division One, Zielona Gora made it 12 wins out of 12 although they were given one of their toughest tests by Gdansk, who remained in contention for long spells before the home side secured a 49-41 victory thanks to a 4-2 and 5-1 in the last two races.
Rybnik are second in the table after defeating Bydgoszcz 49-41 for a sixth straight victory, although the visitors did comfortably enough to take the bonus point. Patrick Hansen top-scored for the hosts with 13 points whilst Brady Kurtz notched 12+2.
A 47-42 win for Lodz over Poznan leaves the visitors in grave danger of relegation, especially bearing in mind their tough fixtures remaining. Tom Brennan took one ride as No.8 for Lodz but did not score.
The other fixture was a convincing 60-30 win for Ostrow against Landshut, with Grzegorz Walasek back in the good books for the home side with a 13+2 paid maximum, taking them up to fourth place in the table.
A dramatic weekend in Division Two saw leaders Gniezno beaten 46-43 at Rzeszow, meaning the way was open for Opole to take over at the top on Sunday.
They did so with a 52-38 win over Daugavpils, Adam Ellis again scoring well with 11+1 for the hosts, but it was countryman Steve Worrall, who scored 2+1, who was the centre of attention after he clashed with home rider Oskar Polis after Heat 8. Worrall was shown a red card, meaning exclusion from the meeting, whilst Polis escaped with a yellow.
Elsewhere, Tarnow recorded a big 62-28 win over Rawicz to leave the visitors on the bottom of the table, two points below Pila.