BJERRE MISSES DAN­ISH FI­NAL

SPEEDWAY

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

it into the fi­nal.

“I have to be pleased with 55 points from four GPs but I still think I need to do a lit­tle bit bet­ter. I have to make sure I reach the fi­nal when I am in a good po­si­tion be­cause that’s where the dou­ble points are on of­fer.

“But I am only five points be­hind Ham­pel and I can eas­ily get that back. It is not im­por­tant to be num­ber one now – it is be­ing there at the end of the year that mat­ters.”

Bjerre made a bril­liant get­away in his open­ing ride in heat two. He hit the front by the first bend and never looked back de­spite com­ing un­der some strong pres­sure from Mag­nus Zet­ter­strom.

He fol­lowed up with third place be­hind An­dreas Jon­s­son and Hans Andersen in a re-run sev­enth race be­fore mount­ing a ter­rific re­cov­ery mis­sion af­ter be­ing the biggest vic­tim of a messy start to heat 12.

Ref­eree Tony Steele al­lowed the race to con­tinue de­spite move­ment from Rune Holta which clearly af­fected the con­cen­tra­tion of the Pan­thers ace, but he re­sponded by roar­ing from fourth to sec­ond af­ter go­ing round the out­side of To­masz Gol­lob and pounc­ing when Holta made an er­ror.

Bjerre was quickly back on track – both in terms of time and points – as he re­turned to win­ning ways in the very next race.

He made the most of the in­side gate but had to sur­vive a de­ter­mined open­ing-lap charge from Chris Har­ris be­fore as­sert­ing his author­ity at the head of af­fairs.

And an­other vic­tory fol­lowed in a fab­u­lous heat 18 when the Copen­hagen crowd was treated to a mouth­wa­ter­ing bat­tle be­tween the old guard and the new breed of Dan­ish speedway.

It was present top dog Bjerre who got the edge over past mas­ter Nicki Ped­er­sen thanks to a fine swoop around the out­side go­ing into the fi­nal lap – a re­sult which earned him sec­ond place in the stand­ings on 12 points ahead of the semi-fi­nals.

“It is all about scor­ing con­sis­tently and I’m man­ag­ing to do that,” con­tin­ued Bjerre. “I won three of my heats again and didn’t have any last places.”

The only rider to bet­ter his tally – Jon­s­son – bowed out in the first semi af­ter opt­ing to race from the in­side gate when hav­ing first pick.

Bjerre chose to start from the same po­si­tion in the sec­ond semi and found him­self swamped in the first and sec­ond bends. He had fought his way past Gol­lob into sec­ond when the race was brought to an early halt as Holder hit the deck.

But the re-run didn’t go ac­cord­ing to plan and a fur­ther blow soon fol­lowed when Ham­pel took over top spot af­ter scorch­ing to vic­tory in the fi­nal when he had Gol­lob in close prox­im­ity.

The Poles might have had their day in Den­mark but ex­pect the Dane to hit back when the se­ries moves to their back­yard for a first-ever Torun Speedway GP of Poland on June 19.

GREAT DANE: Pan­thers ace Ken­neth is pic­tured on his way to vic­tory in a fab­u­lous 18th heat at the Damish Grand Prix in Copen­hagen.

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