Great Britain reach the Monster Energy Speedway of Nations Final
Great Britain Speedway Team has qualified for the Speedway of Nations Final after a nerve-shredding finale in Manchester on Tuesday night.
GB faced up against Australia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy and Sweden at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester with the top three team joining Poland, Russia, Germany and Denmark in the two-day final.
After a scintillating start, where GB dropped just a single point in the opening three heats, things got nervy as Australia charged to a 5-1 over Tai Woffinden and Robert Lambert in Heat 17.
That meant that an Australia heat advantage over Finland would leave GB needing a 5-1 against an in-form, and already qualified, Sweden. Finnish racer Tero Aarnio got the British fans off their feet with a heroic victory, meaning our duo needed just a 3-3 to secure a top-two finish.
Woffy and Lambert had other ideas, though, and Robert made a perfect start from gate two, leaving Woffinden enough room to sweep into first and take the lead. Freddie Lindgren gave chase and had a brilliant battle with Lambert, just about edging him out after a tough move on lap three.
It didn't matter in the grand scheme of things as a 4-2 was enough and Britain secured their passage to the Final on Friday and Saturday.
Top scorer Woffinden, who notched 14, was delighted with the outcome; “I feel really good right now, obviously we came here to do a job and that was to get to Wroclaw and we did it the easier way tonight by avoiding the race offs. We’re in the last part now and that was the important thing. “
It’s going to be a hard meeting but we’ve got there and that’s the first step, we know we have a chance to do something if we race as well as we can so we’ve got to be positive and believe. My team-mates were right there all night and we can go to Wroclaw with a positive attitude."
Robert Lambert scored 8, with Craig Cook scoring a point from his only ride. The final takes place over 45 races across two days in Wroclaw, Poland on June 8 and 9.
My team-mates were right there all night and we can go to Wroclaw with a positive attitude.Tai Woffinden