The young drifter from down under decided the Junior Team World Cup semi-final in Diedenbergen for themselves.
Led by junior world Champion Darcey Ward and with a commanding performance leading to 63 points they were able to qualify for the Junior World Team Cup final back in the Russian Balakovo. Only the Danish Team around Michael Jepsen Jensen could defy the kangaroos, so the decision to the first stage victory has been made in the penultimate round. With 58 points the Danish Dynamite secured 2nd place, far from the severed fins (19 points) and the young German (9 points), and thus also participate in the final in Russia.
Already during the third scoring run of the day, due to the difficult passable track it came to a hard collision between the German Danny Maaßen and the Finn Niko Siltaniemi, with the Finn unhappily struck into the Barrier just few meters away from the, especially for this race attached, Airfence and had to be hospitalized for further investigations. Since the track was getting better and passable throughout the event, this should be the only serious accident that day. So weakened the Finns were early out of the fight for the important second place. For the disappointment of the home crowd also the German Team couldn´t intervene into the battle for runners up in any time. Too big was the difference in performance to the other teams.
It was then up to the Australians and Danes to entertain the crowd of about 600 spectators this afternoon with the finest Speedway. Again and again they went into thrilling duels to win the race, with the reigning junior world champion Darcy Ward from Australia showing his extra class with a flawless maximum as the best of the day driver. Much to the delight of the fans he showed in almost every run a sample of his exceptional ability and literally flew over the 400-meter oval. However, due to a close Team performance the Danish team was able, to stay in touch to the young professionals from Australia. So the final, mathematical, decision-making first stage victory fell late in Heat 24 as Richard Sweetman made it all clear for the Aussies with his one point drive.
Beautiful, sporty fair, pictures there was also the conclusion of the event at the awarding ceremony as the Australian team was doused with water by second-placed Denmark riders with great jubilation.
The result in detail
1. Australia 63 Pts.
1. Josh Grajczonek - 14 (3,3,3,2,3)
2. Richard Sweetman - 10 (2,2,3,2,1)
3. Sam Masters - 13 (3,2,3,2,3)
4. Justin Sedgmen - 11 (2,3,0,3,3,)
5. Darcy Ward - 15 (3,3,3,3,3)
2. Denmark 58 Pts.
1. Michael Jepsen Jensen - 13 (2,3,3,3,2)
2. Mikkel B. Jensen - 12 (3,2,2,3,2)
3. Michael Palm Toft - 11 (2,2,2,2,3)
4. Jonas B. Andersen - 10 (3,2,1,2,2)
5. Lasse Bjerre - 12 (2,3,2,3,2)
3. Finland 19 Pts.
1. Kalle Katajisto - 3 (1,A,A,1,1,0)
2. Jari Makinen - 6 (1,1,1,1,1,1)
3. Niko Siltaniemi - 0 (S,-,-,-,-)
4. Mika Loppi - 3 (0,0,1,1,1,0)
5. Timo Lahti - 7 (1,1,1,1,1,2)
4. Germany 9 Pts.
1. Kai Huckenbeck - 3 (0,1,2,B,S,0)
2. Friedrich Ruf - 0 (0,0,0,-,0)
3. Danny Maassen - 4 (EX,1,2,0,1)
4. Michel Hofmann - 1 (1,0,0,0,0)
5. Andre Mochner - 1 (0,EX,0,0,1)
1. Grajczonek, Jepsen Jensen, Katajisto, Huckenbeck
2. M.B. Jensen, Sweetman, Makinen, Ruf
3. Masters, Palm Toft, Siltaniemi (Sturz), Maassen (Sturz/EX)
4. Andersen, Sedgmen, Hofmann, Loppi
5. Ward, Bjerre, Lahti, Mochner
6. Ward, Palm Toft, Huckenbeck, Loppi
7. Grajczonek, Andersen, Lahti, Ruf
8. Bjerre, Sweetman, Maassen, Katajisto (accident)
9. Jepsen Jensen, Masters, Makinen, Hofmann
10. Sedgmen, M.B. Jensen, Loppi, Mochner (Sturz/EX)
11. Sweetman, Huckenbeck, Andersen, Katajisto (accident)
12. Masters, Bjerre, Loppi, Ruf
13. Jepsen Jensen, Maassen, Lahti, Sedgmen
14. Ward, M.B.Jensen, Katajisto, Hofmann
15. Grajczonek, Palm Toft, Makinen, Mochner
16. M.B.Jensen, Masters, Lahti, Huckenbeck (Band/EX)
17. Sedgmen, Palm Toft, Katajisto, Huckenbeck (Sturz)
18. Ward, Andersen, Makinen, Maassen
19. Bjerre, Grajczonek, Lahti, Hofmann
20. Jepsen Jensen, Sweetman, Loppi, Mochner
21. Sedgmen, Bjerre, Makinen, Huckenbeck
22. Ward, Jepsen Jensen, Makinen, Ruf
23. Grajczonek, M.B.Jensen, Maassen, Loppi
24. Palm Toft, Lahti, Sweetman, Hofmann
25. Masters, Andersen, Mochner, Katajisto