GB face Polish World Team Cup test
Great Britain must overcome global superpowers Poland to progress in this summer's World Team Cup round at King's Lynn's Norfolk Arena.
The two-time reigning holders will contest Event Two at Saddlebow on July 11 along with the hosts, Russia and the winners of a qualifying round between Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Latvia.
Poland can track the likes of reigning individual world champion Tomasz Gollob, Jaroslaw Hampel and Rune Holta along with some of the best young talent in the sport. Australia – who Team GB defeated in front of more than 7,500 Norfolk Arena fans in last year's televised meeting – will contest Event One two days earlier along with hosts Sweden, Denmark and another qualifier.
The top side from each event will progress directly into the final at Gorzow, Poland on July 16 with the second and third-placed teams contesting a race-off on July 14 for the remaining two final spots.
Lynn promoter Buster Chapman is pledging to stage another stellar meeting after the success of last season's inaugural visit to Norfolk by the world's best.
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'We're proud to have such a prestigious event at the Norfolk Arena again,' he said. 'Last year was one of the most memorable nights of speedway at King's Lynn and we hope to repeat it. The fans were incredible and it makes you proud to be British. I'm sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere and we'll get some great racing.'
Paul Bellamy, managing director of event organisers BSI speedway, is confident home fans can re-create the special atmosphere which inspired Team GB's Ashes victory over Australia.
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'It was a great event last year and I'm sure the Brits will have some patriotic fans behind them,' he said. 'But it will be tough for them against the Poles, who are chasing their fifth gold medal since the current format was introduced in 2001. The meeting will be a rare opportunity for British fans to see the likes of Gollob, world number two Hampel, Holta and Janusz Kolodziej racing on UK shale. If you throw Emil Sayfutdinov and Artem Laguta from the Russian side into the mix, it should make for a great night of speedway.
'I'm sure Event One at Vojens will be hotly-contested as well. The Danes will be determined to make up for missing out on the gold medal last year, but Sweden and Australia have also won the Ove Fundin Trophy in the past and I know they will fight them all the way.'
• Supporters can purchase discounted tickets for the King's Lynn event before July 1. A family ticket for two adults and two under 15s costs �35 until June 30. Adult standing tickets are �15, with OAPs and under 15s paying �5. Those prices will rise to �20 for adults and �10 for OAPs and under 15s on July 1. Grandstand seats cost �36. For further information contact speedwaygp.com or phone the ticket hotline: 0871 2310841.