Bartosz Zmarzlik is within touching distance of becoming a three-time speedway world champion after taking victory in the Danish SGP at the weekend.
The Polish hero opened up a huge 20-point lead at the top of the standings by charging his way to the chequered flag with a display of belligerence and brutality in Vojens, Denmark.
It wasn’t always pretty, and it sure as hell wasn’t easy, but his belief is unshakeable, and he kept plugging away all night long until he seized his moment for glory in the grand final.
Brit racer Robert Lambert made the better start but Zmarzlik bruised his way into the lead with a savage move on the first lap, and from there he cruised home to take his second GP win of the season and move ever closer to a hat-trick of titles.
With just two rounds to go it’s hard to see anyone stopping him from winning, but he told SpeedwayGP.com that he’s just focussing on the next round, in Sweden next weekend.
“I am just fully focused for another round in Malilla and what to do in terms of my engines and setups. My first plan is to do a good job in Malilla and score some really good points.”
“I am very happy about this result. I am very happy with the final. The heats were so hard for me, but the semi-final was good. After the semi-final, I was looking good for the final.”
“I won from a really hard gate. There was only one other winner from gate three. I am happy.”
Elsewhere, it was a good night for our man Patryk Dudek, who secured another top-four finish to move just one point behind Dan Bewley in overall third place. Tai Woffinden was the fastest man in the field during the qualifying heats but got squeezed out in his semi-final to end up in P7, whilst Jack Holder and Bewley both just missed out on a place in the semi’s.
With just two rounds to go it looks like we know our gold medal winner, but there’s still plenty to race for below that. Bewley and Dudek are fighting for a medal, and Woffinden and Freddie Lindgren are both pushing to finish in the top six and qualify automatically for next year’s series.