Cook wants to rule the world with Great Bri­tain

World Cup fi­nal

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Pan­thers num­ber one Craig Cook wants to help Great Bri­tain rule the speed­way world.

Cook was part of the GB quar­tet which roared to sil­ver­medal suc­cess in the World CupFi­nal last Satur­day night.

The 29 year-old scored five points from as many rides at the Na­tional Speed­way Sta­dium in Manch­ester – his home Elite League track– as the host na­tion fin­ished as run­ners-up to cham­pi­ons Poland.

Cook’s finest con­tri­bu­tion came in heat 16 when he pow- er ed to vic­tory to help a late GB charge as they climbed from last to sec­ond in the stand­ings.

Cook said: “It was fan­tas­tic to be a part of such a great meet­ing and hope­fully our per­for­mance can do a lot for speed­way. There is no bet­ter feel­ing than win­ning a race in a World Cup Fi­nal in a Great Bri­tain race suit.

“To chip in with those vi­tal points in heat 16 was re­ally pleas­ing. I’m just a bit dis­ap­pointed I didn’t start the night as well as I fin­ished it.

“A few peo­ple wrote us off be­fore the meet­ing and that gave us an ex­tra bit of mo­ti­va­tion. We all dug deep and gave our all, and it was a learn­ing curve for us as well. To fin­ish sec­ond de­spite mak­ing a few mis­takes and miss­ing out on points is a great ef­fort.

“We now have to build on this and next year we’ll def­i­nitely be go­ing for gold.”

Poland roared to vic­tory on 39 points last Satur­day with Great Bri­tain seven points adrift in sec­ond on 32. Swe- den, the 2015 win­ners, had to set­tle for bronze on 30 points while a weak­ened Aus­tralia side brought up the rear on 22.

Two- time world cham­pion Tai Woffinden in­spired the GB ef­fort with a 19-point haul boosted by a suc­cess­ful dou­ble-points ‘joker’ ride which pulled them back into con­tention.

Hunt­ing don-based Bri­tish cham­pion Danny King also scored five points while fel­low for­mer Pan­thers rider, Robert Lam­bert, man­aged three.

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