Polish Speedway: Wrocław and Leszno set for Ekstraliga title battle…

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Sparta Wrocław will face Silesian rivals Unia Leszno after double world champion Tai Woffinden led Vaclav Milik to a dramatic 5-1 in Gorzow on Sunday.

With the scores level at 87-87 on aggregate going into the final heat of the semi-final tie, Woffinden and Milik came up against home pairing Bartosz Zmarzlik and Martin Vaculik for the all important place in the final.

Both sides were left holding their breath after a crash involving Vaculik and Milik on the first bend, but referee Wojciech Grodzki called all four riders back for the re-start.

Czech star Milik made the most of the second chance and made the gate, along with Woffinden, to secure a 45-45 draw (92-88 win on aggregate) and a place in the final.

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Tai Woffinden was Sparta’s top scorer, managing 15 paid 16 points

Woffinden starred for the Spartans on a fantastic 15 paid 16 points, while Milik managed 13 paid 14. Polish champion Szymon Wozniak scored 10 but Maciej Janowski endured a tough night, scoring two paid three.

Slovak racer Vaculik led the scoring for Gorzow on 11, Krzyzstof Kasprzak managed 10 paid 11 and Zmarzlik raced to a 10 point haul.

Wrocław’s opponents in the final will be Unia Leszno after the Bulls stunned table toppers Zielona Gora 45-45 (95-85 on aggregate).

Janusz Kolodziej led the Leszno charge on 11, while compatriot Piotr Pawlick managed 10 paid 11 and Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov tallied nine points.

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Janusz Kolodziej played a starring role for Leszno against Zielona Gora

Former world no.2 Jaroslaw Hampel was the star for Falubaz on 13 paid 14. Grand Prix title contender Patryk Dudek managed 10 paid 12, while series leader Jason Doyle was unable to build on his third place at the German SGP in Teterow, scoring only four points.

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Polish Speedway: PGE Ekstraliga playoff round-up…

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Twice world speedway champion Tai Woffinden managed 13 paid 14 points as Sparta Wrocław took a slim lead into the second leg of their Polish Ekstraliga playoff semi final with Stal Gorzów on Sunday (September 3).

Sparta triumphed 47-43 at Stadion Olimpjski with Woffinden dropping just one point from five rides as he continues his fantastic form that saw him claw his way into the Speedway Grand Prix title race.

Woffinden’s world title rival and Sparta teammate Maciej Janowski and World U21 Championship leader Maksym Drabik tallied 10 points apiece for the hosts. Czech star Vaclav Milik added eight, paid nine.

Current world no.3 Bartosz Zmarzlik starred for the visitors with 11 points and Martin Vaculik managed 10 paid 11, giving their side a great chance to book their place in the final on home shale at the Edward Jancarz Stadium.

Meanwhile, Zielona Gora have work to do to overcome Unia Lesznon after losing 50-40 in the other semi final.

Patryk Dudek managed 14 points, while fellow countrymen Jarosław Hampel and Piotr Protasiewicz scored 11 and seven, paid 10 respectively. World Championship leader Jason Doyle scored a straight seven points.

Grzegorz Zengota top scored for the Bulls with 10 paid 11. Janusz Kolodziej managed 10 points and Piotr Pawlicki picked up nine paid 11. Russian star Emil Sayfutdinov scored seven paid eight, but SGP reserve Peter Kildemand struggled to only two points.

Both deciding legs will take place next Sunday (10 September).