Great Britain set for make-or-break Speedway World Cup race-off meeting at Vojens track in Denmark

Danny King will be aiming to punch the air again in delight this evening for GB. Picture: IAN BURT

Danny King will be aiming to punch the air again in delight this evening for GB. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Four countries will do battle this evening in the hope of snatching the last place at this year's World Cup final.

Holders and hosts Denmark and 'semi-final' winners Sweden and Australia – who won Monday's event at King's Lynn's Adrian Flux Arena – have already booked their place in Saturday's Vojens showcase. There they will be joined by the side that wins tonight's race-off at the same track which is staging the battle for medals.

Poland, Russia, Great Britain and USA take to the shale with the Brits' boss Alun Rossiter expected to stick with the same line-up that finished second in Norfolk earlier this week.

Rosco, likely to pick Lynn's Robert Lambert again after he scored seven points on his World Cup debut, said: 'I couldn't have asked for anymore (on Monday). Everybody did their job. They did their country proud. Australia were in pole position once they got their noses in front after heat 16. The Aussies made some good starts and the best team won at the end of the day.

'It was a great meeting, but Australia were just that little bit better than us. Not much, only four points, but it was enough. I'm very encouraged by what I saw from my boys. We have a bright future ahead of us.

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'I haven't really thought about it (making team changes). But if I'm honest, I couldn't really change much at the moment. I'm taking the same five to Vojens. Our reserve Kyle Howarth rode really well in practice and looked pretty quick.

'If I have to bring him in, I'll have no worries. They're the five I am sticking with. I'll consider anything – we'll have to see at practice. But at the moment, if I'm being honest, I'll probably leave it as it is.'

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Runners-up from 2014 Poland are the favourites going into the make-or-break meeting – even though skipper Jarek Hampel will have to be replaced after breaking his leg as the result of a nasty crash during event one of the competition.

World champion Greg Hancock, who rides for the USA and bagged 12 of their 22 points at Lynn, added: 'It will be hard, but we're in it to show we want to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

'Right now we just want to show everyone we mean business. Being underdogs is one thing, but while they're all focusing on each other, we can also steal points away from them at the same time.'

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