Poles are fighting to make their dreams come true. Will Pawlicki disenchant Italy?
Two years ago, the player of Betard Sparta Wrocław also started fighting for a pass to the Grand Prix in Italy, at the Terenzano circuit. He started brightly with two races he won, but in the end he not only dropped out of the competition, but also returned to the country with a shoulder and wrist injury.
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The eleventh round turned out to be unlucky for him. Leading the pack, he ran into a rut at turn two and fell. In the next series of starts he was also disqualified for causing Anders Thomsen to fall. – The rut I got into during the lead shoots my motorcycle like a catapult, no chance to react, then a lot of discomfort and the accompanying pain – I later mentioned Pawlicki, who this time will fight for promotion on the track in Lonigo.
Pole is definitely the favorite in this tournament. Of the players who could threaten him, only Niels Christian Iversen, Oliver Berntzon, Timo Lahti, Jan Kvech and Jamon Ledsey should be mentioned. All of them, with the exception of the Australian, are players representing First League clubs in Poland.
The top four competitors will advance to the Elimination Final, i.e. the Grand Prix Challenge in Gislaved, Sweden, scheduled for August 19.
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An even more difficult task awaits Bartosz Smekta, Szymon and Winjak in Jarnovica. All due to the fact that several top players from the current jackpot rate decided to take part in the qualifiers for next year’s tournament. Only sixth place from this year’s series will retain its place in the Grand Prix grid, so Martin Vaculek, Robert Lambert and Max Frick have carved out a spare track for themselves. And the Australian has already exercised this patent, because last year he did not stay at the World Championships, but tried to return to it through the “kitchen door”. In the Grand Prix Challenge, he lost the extra heat for third place – the final prize – to Jack Holder, but fourth place in the competition was enough, as Scotland’s Daniel Pioli finished in the top six of the series and freed up Frick’s place. .
In addition to the aforementioned three, there may also be other threats to the White-Reds: Vaclav Milik, Frederik Jacobsen and Luke Becker, returning to the race after injury.
The other two qualifying tournaments will take place on Monday. Przemyslaw Pawlicki will start in Germany’s Abensberg and Janusz Kolodzij in Hungary’s Debrecen. If no Swede advances to the Grand Prix Challenge, only three players from the last tournament will win a pass to the competition in Gislaved.
Grand Prix 2024 qualifying starting lists:
Zarnowica (Slovakia), at 15:00:
- Lucas Finhag (Germany)
- Vitaly Lysak (Ukraine)
- Daniel Klima (Czech Republic)
- Bartosz Smecta (Poland)
- Nick Skorja (Slovenia)
- Philip Helmland (Sweden)
- Luke Baker (United States)
- Nicholas Vicentine (Italy)
- Martin Vaculek (Slovakia)
- Maxwell Rommel (USA)
- Victor Balofara (Sweden)
- Shimon Wozniak (Poland)
- Robert Lambert (UK)
- Max Frick (Australia)
- Vaclav Milik (Czech Republic)
- Fredrik Jacobsen (Denmark)
- Jakub Valkovic (Slovakia) – Sub
- Adam Karada (Slovakia) – Sub
Lonigo (Italy), at 19:00:
- Matic Ivacic (Slovenia)
- Michele Castagna (Italy)
- Niels Christian Iversen (Denmark)
- Denis Stoiz (Slovenia)
- Oliver Berntzon (Sweden)
- Tom Brennan (UK)
- Timo Lahti (Finland)
- Piotr Pawlicki (Poland)
- Marius Hillebrand (Germany)
- Facundo Coelho (Argentina)
- Mathias Tressario (France)
- Nicolai Covati (Italy)
- Andrea Battaglia (Italy)
- Jan Kvich (Czech Republic)
- Jamon Ledsey (Australia)
- Iber Ambognani (Argentina)
- Matteo Poncinelli (Italy) – Sub