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BEWLEY TAKES HISTORIC HOME GP WIN

Aug 152022

Speedway might have a brand new superstar, and his name is Dan Bewley.

If you’re going to announce yourself on the world stage by winning your first Grand Prix, then there is no better place to do it than at home and Bewley blew the roof off Cardiff’s Principality Stadium by becoming the first British racer to win there in 15 years.

He has been getting better and better all season long but he took his game to new levels and delivered a result for the ages in front of over 20,000 fans in what was the 20th staging of the British Grand Prix in Cardiff.

Some of the sport’s biggest legends were paraded before the race and now Bewley sits among them. Whatever happens in his career from now on, and if he continues his current trajectory it’s going to be a pretty good one, he will always be a British GP winner.

He was the fastest man in the field early on but that doesn’t always mean you end up on top, and he lined up in the final against Patryk Dudek, double world champion and current series leader Bartek Zmarzlik and second-placed Leon Madsen.

With a rough track throwing up plenty of problems it was always going to be important that he made a good start but even he probably didn’t dream of how good it would be.

He charged into the lead from the first corner and didn’t look back, delivering four laps of speedway perfection to send the British fans into pure pandemonium.

“I don’t wanna say it’s unbelievable because it is believable but it’s pretty surreal!” he said.

 

“I felt good all night but I wasn’t really thinking about the win to be honest with you, I was just thinking about getting to my first final and when I got there everything fell into place. 

 

“I didn’t get first pick of gates for the final but I actually wanted gate two and the boys left me it so I knew I had a chance to make a good start, and everything just came together. It feels good to get it all together on a night like tonight, it’s not a bad time to do it!”
 

As he charged away from his rivals in the final, what was he thinking?

 

“I just remember having a look back on the second lap and they weren’t close to me and I thought ‘you’ve won it’ but it was only the second lap so I didn’t want to get too excited and then I was thinking ‘don’t throw it away now!’

 

“I knew I could win, all season I feel like I’ve easily been fast enough but it’s not all about speed. It’s about being a complete package; race craft, making starts, putting everything together at the same time and tonight was the first time I felt like I had it all together consistently.

 

“This is special, and I want to say huge thanks to all my boys in the pits because they’re a huge part of it. It’s even more special to do it at home, my Dad’s here and a lot of people from Cumbria are here so it’s pretty cool to get my first one in front of them. 

 

“It’s just an awesome feeling, I just want to soak it all in and then get back to it in a  couple of days.”

 

Bewley’s win took him up to P4 in the overall standings and he’s got the medal places in his sights, just like Patryk Dudek whose hot streak continued with another podium finish.

 

He took third to move into the overall top three, but it’s going to take a mammoth effort to dislodge Zmarzlik at the top. His lead now stands at 22 points with just four rounds to go and it’s tough to see anyone denying him what will be a third world championship gold.

 

The tour heads to Wroclaw, Poland next.

SPEEDWAY GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 
1 Bartosz Zmarzlik 96, 2 Leon Madsen 74, 3 Patryk Dudek 65, 4 Dan Bewley 64, 5 Freddie Lindgren 62, 6 Maciej Janowski 60, 7 Tai Woffinden 54, 8 Martin Vaculik 53, 9 Jason Doyle 53, 10 Mikkel Michelsen 52, 11 Robert Lambert 52, 12 Anders Thomsen 51, 13 Jack Holder 44, 14 Max Fricke 41, 15 Pawel Przedpelski 22.
 

CARDIFF CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 
1 Dan Bewley 20, 2 Bartosz Zmarzlik 18, 3 Patryk Dudek 16, 4 Leon Madsen 14, 5 Jack Holder 12, 6 Freddie Lindgren 11, 7 Mikkel Michelsen 10, 8 Jason Doyle 9, 9 Max Fricke 8, 10 Maciej Janowski, 11 Andzejs Lebedevs 6, 12 Robert Lambert 5, 13 Tai Woffinden 4, 14 Paweł Przedpelski 3, 15 Anders Thomsen 2, 16 Tom Brennan 1

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