Brits look value for place in speedway world cup final
Cook can burn it up
Speedway World Cup Event One
BT Sport 2, 6.45pm Saturday
It's easy to see why Poland are no better than 2-5 for this year’s World Cup, which starts in King’s Lynn and finishes next week with the final in Leszno.
The Poles, as defending champions, are the one nation guaranteed a place in next weekend’s final on their home shale, and their scheduled line-up of Maciej Janowski, Patryk Dudek, Piotr Pawlicki and Bartosz Zmarzlik – four of the current top ten in the Grand Prix standings – is seriously impressive.
Two of their three opponents will be decided in two semis – the first in Norfolk this evening, the second in Vastervik on Tuesday – with the final team determined from a raceoff meeting on Friday.
So while Janowski and co put their feet up, Team GB, Australia, the United States and the Czechs are in action this evening in Event One and it looks a straight shootout between the Brits and Aussies.
Australia, led by former world champ Chris Holder and current pacesetter Jason Doyle, are odds-on and understandably so. Holder’s form isn’t exceptional but King’s Lynn is home shale for the ex-Poole man and the same applies to team-mate Troy Batchelor. And Doyle, of course, is in sparkling form. Nick Morris completes their lineup.
But the British team have a genuine chance of taking the glory.
Hot-headed skipper Craig Cook is in scintillating nick having been crowned British champion two weeks ago. Steve Worrall, who finished second at Belle Vue, is alongside him.
Chris Harris, a former Grand Prix star and fiercely competitive, and King’s Lynn rider Robert Lambert make up the four.
The Brits could be a bit of value, though if they do get through they will struggle to make any sort of an impact on the Poles.
GB to win Event One
1pt 13-10 bet365