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NEWS 2017 - from South Africa and the wider speedway world.


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27.5.2017,
Daugavpils, Latvia:  Polish 1,2,3 as
Pawlicki takes Grand Prix  

   Piotr Pawlicki lead home fellow Poles Patryk Dudek and
Maciej Janowskifor in Latvia for the first SGP win of his career as the young East Europeans again showed their superiority. Only Woffinden and Doyle manged to qualify for the Semi's, but the Aussie, though making the Final, had to retire when his air filter blocked and power was lost. Former World Champs Holder and Hancock failed to win a heat and Nicki Pedersen was a non-starter after having suffered neck injuries during a Danish league match on Wednesday.
     The championship table is lead by Dudek, (above left,) with
Doyle and Swede Freddie Lindgren one point behind.  CCJ   Video Highlights
LATVIAN FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Daugavpils
Piotr Pawlicki 18 (1st), Patryk Dudek 16 (2nd), Emil Sayfutdinov 13, Maciej Janowski 13 (3rd), Matej Zagar 10, Jason Doyle 10 (4th), Tai Woffinden 9, Maxsims Bogdanovs 8, Martin Vaculik 8, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7, Bartosz Zmarzlik 6, Greg Hancock 5, Fredrik Lindgren 5, Chris Holder 4, Antonio Lindback 4, Peter Kildemand 1.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 3 of 12)

Patryk Dudek 38, Jason Doyle 37, Fredrik Lindgren 37, Maciej Janowski 35, Martin Vaculik 34, Piotr Pawlicki 32, Emil Sayfutdinov 31, Tai Woffinden 30, Niels-Kristian Iversen 25, Bartosz Zmarzlik 24, Matej Zagar 21, Greg Hancock 20, Chris Holder 16, Antonio Lindback 12, Nicki Pedersen 8.
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Hansie Kleynhans,   5.7.1944 - 9.5.2017   R.I.P.
       News has been received of the passing of Hansie Kleynhans at the age of 72.

   Hansie was a lifelong speedway enthusiast but only switched from spectating to racing in his late fifties. He started watching speedway as schoolboy in the 1950's at the original Wembley Stadium, when his heroes were the likes of Henry Long, Neil Mortimer and visiting Europeans including Olle Nygren and Ken McKinlay, (whose autographed photos he still retained after 60 years.)

   Initially a member and later president of the Thunder Valley Speedway Club (TVSC) based at the Brakpan Oval, his early riding career spanned a difficult time for SA speedway, - the disbandment of the National Speedway Association, withdrawal of Motorsport South Africa affiliation in 2004/05, and loss of the Brakpan Oval to speedway that ultimately led to the folding of the Thunder Valley Club in late 2007 and subsequent retirement of many of its riders.

    Notwithstanding these setbacks, Hansie battled for a revival of the TVSC with attempts to introduce racing to his home town of Vereeniging, being frustrated by various logistical problems as well as striving to expand the sport elsewhere in the country. For instance he was influential in the re-introduction of the sport to George in March 2009 after an absence of over 5½ years, supplying the machinery for the novice riders of the Southern Cape at that meeting.

   Hansie returned to racing at the Walkerville Raceway and was a stalwart at that venue for many years before his retirement for medical reasons in 2013. Never a top ranker he was nevertheless a loyal club man and staunch advocate for the sport.     D.A. 19.5.2017
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13.5.2017, Warsaw, Poland: Lindgren wins SGP

   Sweden's Freddie Lindgren won the Warsaw Speedway Grand Prix on the new GTR engine, to head the points table after 2 meeting in 2017.
Lindgren’s victory was also a major milestone for Swiss tuner Marcel Gerhard as his GTR engine collected its first SGP triumph.
   The squad of young Poles did well, but it was another poor night for the older brigade of former champs, with Pedersen scoring just 5 pts, Hancock 4 and Holder 6. Only Woffinden made it to the Semi's, but failed to go further.
FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX OF POLAND, Warsaw
Fredrik Lindgren 16 (1st), Maciej Janowski 16 (2nd), Jason Doyle 15 (3rd), Martin Vaculik 10 (4th), Tai Woffinden 13, Bartosz Zmarzlik 12, Patryk Dudek 9, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Piotr Pawlicki 7, Chris Holder 6, Emil Sayfutdinov 6, Antonio Lindback 6, Nicki Pedersen 5, Greg Hancock 4, Przemyslaw Pawlicki 3, Matej Zagar 1.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 2 of 12) Fredrik Lindgren 32, Jason Doyle 27, Martin Vaculik 26, Maciej Janowski 22, Patryk Dudek 22, Tai Woffinden 21.    CCJ     Video Highlights 
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29.4.2017, Krsko: Slovakian wins in Slovenia.
    Slovakian Martin Vaculik, returning to the Grand Prix series, won the first Speedway Grand Prix of the season on a wet Slovenian track in Krsko. Second was Swede Freddie Lindgren and third place went to Patryk Dudek. All three had graduated to the 2017 series by qualifying from last year's SGP Challenge, while former World Champs Holder, Hancock, Woffinden and Pedersen all failed to make the Final of the night, - only Hancock made the Semi's, while Pedersen retired from 3 of his 5 heats, and, at the age 40, one wonders if he'll continue the series if he has another meeting like this one.
     Another returnee to the SGP series is Russian Emil Sayfutdinov, who has sat out the last 3 years after a sensational start with 2 SGP wins in his debut year of 2009 as a teenager. After 20 qualifying heats he topped the points chart tonight with 12pts but trailed away in his semi, SF1.  CCJ
    Video highlights     Video Final
SLOVENIAN FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Krsko

Martin Vaculik 16 (1st), Fredrik Lindgren 16 (2nd), Patryk Dudek 13 (3rd), Jason Doyle 12 (4th), Emil Sayfutdinov 12, Greg Hancock 11, Matej Zagar 10, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Tai Woffinden 8, Piotr Pawlicki 7, Bartosz Zmarzlik 6, Maciej Janowski 6, Chris Holder 6, Nicki Pedersen 3, Antonio Lindback 2, Nick Skorja 1.
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