SON FINAL DRAW | OLD RIVALS FACE OFF IN FINAL HEATS
GB duo Tai Woffinden and Robert Lambert face old adversaries Australia in their last heat on both days of the Monster Energy SON Final.
15 / 10 / 2021, 10:30
Great Britain duo Tai Woffinden and Robert Lambert face old adversaries Australia in their last heat on both days of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester on Saturday and Sunday.
The Lions and the Roos have one of the oldest rivalries in speedway, and the FIM draw has pitted them against each other in race 18 in Final 1 and heat 20 Final 2 as Jason Doyle and Max Fricke chase Australia’s first world team gold medal since 2002.
Both races fall at the business end of the meetings and could decide whether the two countries take their places in the Grand Final or Grand Final Qualifier as they go for gold.
The Lions open Final 1 by lining up in heat one against Latvian stars Andzejs Lebedevs and Olegs Mihailovs, who will be featuring in the country’s first world team final at the National Speedway Stadium.
Polish stars Bartosz Zmarzlik and Maciej Janowski start their weekend off with a tough battle against Australia in race two.
French duo David Bellego and Dimitri Berge face Swedish stars Pontus Aspgren and Jacob Thorssell in heat three as they also make their first appearance in a world team final.
Danish double act Leon Madsen and Mikkel Michelsen open their campaign against the Brits in race four.
Great Britain face a tough opening heat on Day 2, when they meet Poland in race three, with Sweden starting the night against Latvia in heat one and Australia meeting France in race two. Denmark must wait until heat four to kick off Final 2 against Latvia.
Sweden and Denmark’s medal hopes could hinge on an all-Scandinavian affair in heat 19, which pits the two countries together in the last of their regular heats before the Grand Final Qualifier and Grand Final.
The Swedes face a particularly tough finish to Day 2 as they meet GB in heat 12 and their penultimate race sees them tackle Poland in heat 16.