Tai Woffinden shines for Great Britain but Poland win Speedway World Cup race-off
- Credit: Ian Burt
Maximum man Tai Woffinden was the star of tonight's World Cup race-off but it was Poland, not Great Britain, who progressed to the final.
GB's skipper Woffy, the 2013 world champion, was in sublime form scoring a massive 21 points – which included a double score of six for winning a race while being used as a tactical 'joker' – from his six rides. However, his country's total of 43 was only good enough to see them finish five behind the Poles who now join Denmark, Sweden and Australia in the showcase.
King's Lynn's Robert Lambert (eight from four) did himself proud winning his first ever World Cup heat, which was followed quickly by another triumph, during only his second appearance in the competition. Team-mates Chris Harris (seven from five) and Danny King (seven from five) also battled bravely but it just wasn't to be.
USA finished third on 22 points while Russia – who incredibly could only field three of a four-man team – scored a paltry 11 from their 20 heats.