FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship Final
Manchester, Great Britain – 12th July 2019
As predicted, holders Poland comfortably retained their FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship title at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester on Friday. Cheered on by the many Polish fans who were present they dominated the scoring from the first race and were always in command.
The Polish squad, which included two individual world champions at this level, took the lead by Heat 3 and although Bartosz Smektala was their top scorer, each of the team won at least one race and it was this strength in depth which secured their win.
The silver medal was taken by the Great Britain team led from the front by captain Robert Lambert who was the individual star of the meeting, dropping only one point to Smektala in the opening race. Local favourite Dan Bewley was Britain’s only other winner and his Heat 14 victory against the Tactical Jokers from Australia and Denmark was a highlight, but the others were unable to provide enough support despite much effort in what was a very competitive meeting. Lambert provided a great finale to the meeting with a superb first bend drive around the outside of Jakobsen and Drabik to secure second place on the podium.
Denmark finished third and chased the Great Britain team throughout with only two points separating the teams in the final count. Mads Hansen was their top scorer from what was a well-balanced side.
Australia’s inexperience left them struggling and Jaimon Lidsey was their only heat winner, but their efforts suggested that they can again be a force in the next few years.
Final Result and scorers:
1. Poland 41 points (Smetkala 13, Kubera 12, Drabik 11, Lampart 5)
2. Great Britain 33 (Lambert 20, Bewley 11, Kemp 2)
3. Denmark 31 (M.Hansen 11, Jakobsen 8, P.Hansen 6, Jeppesen 6)
4. Australia 21 (Lidsey 12, Stewart 5, Thomson 2, Gilmore 1, Cook 1)
Racing was competitive and exciting throughout on a well-prepared track and as the fans left the stadium they could be satisfied with the entertainment provided by these enthusiastic young riders and that the future of the sport should be well served by them.