It’s the time for the last part of memories from Speedway European Championships. The last part took place 29th of September in Rzeszow on a stadium on the Hetmanska street. Before the event the only candidate for the European Champion title was Dane Nicki Pedersen. However that day was superb for Slovak Martin Vaculik who was unbeaten rider that evening and he gained gold medal of SEC.
Radosław Zieliński (SEC): The first season of SEC in Eurosport is behind us. What is your opinion about the decision of showing speedway in television which is broadcasted all over the World?
Radosław Jaworski: At this moment our impressions are only positive because, as we thought, the whole tournament had very big audience in Polish Eurosport. However, what was most surprising, speedway was watched almost all over the world. In such case our impressions can be only positive. We are aware of the fact that this project has a big potential. I mean here development of this particular sport discipline.
Eurosport has been transmitting all tournaments of Speedway European Championships since signing the deal with One Sport in 2013. Taking the time into consideration Polish Director of Communication in Eurosport told us about his impressions concerning last season and mentioned also about future plans.
The legend of Polish speedway and the best rider in Polish history officially resigned from riding in next year Individual World Championships. Although Tomasz Gollob earlier had agreed on the participation in next year Speedway Grand Prix eventually he decided to resign from it. At the same time we want to reassure all fans – Tomasz Gollob is still taking part in Speedway European Championships. Lately Polish rider has accepted wild card given to him by the organizers.
Grigory Laguta finished third in last season tournament for the Individual Championship of Europe. This position meant that the Russian secured the maintenance cycle and 2014 fans again will be able to see it on SEC's tracks. "Grisha" shared with us his insights on past season.
Another two riders, who were part of Speedway European Championships, has signed contracts with Betard Sparta Wroclaw. Last two years Maciej Janowski spent in Unia Tarnow. Now “Magic” decided to come back to the club in which he started his career
Fredrik Lindgren is changing the club in Polish Speedway Extraleague. Last season he was riding in Unia Leszno – in 2014 he will be a rider of Renault Zdunek Wybrzeze Gdansk. Last year his scored were not very successful. His average 1,773 was 29th in ENEA Extraleague (Polish Extraleague). His advantage was a fact that he scored similar number of points in home and away matches.
Tomasz Gollob is another rider after Andreas Jonsson and Emil Sayfutinov, who received and accepted a wild card to compete in Speedway European Championships 2014. Those 3 joined Martin Vaculik, Nicki Pedersen and Grigory Laguta who have secured their start in the next edition of SEC thanks to being in top 3 of general classification last season.
Vice European Champion, Dannish rider Nicki Pedersen changing club in Poland. From Rzeszow transferred to Wielkopolska, where in 2014 will race in the colors of Fogo Unia Leszno. Pedersen last season drove in the team of Rzeszow, Podkarpacie region, however, the teamwas relegated of the ENEA Extraleague.
Hans Andersen decided to extend the contract with Polonia Bydgoszcz. A player from Denmark, so spend 2014 in the Polish first division Polonia Bydgoszcz fighting for promotion to the ENEA Ekstraliga. Andersen signed a contract on Tuesday, as already confirmed by local activists.
Small in size and light in weight, the GoPro can be installed almost anywhere. Thanks to the type of true action camera we have had the opportunity in recent years to watch sports events from a different perspective. However, it was the Individual European Championship series that really enabled us to fully exploit its potential. Amazing footage from the rider’s viewpoint, illustrating how beautiful and spectacular speedway is, whilst balancing on the limit of risk.
Emil Sayfutdinov confirmed today that the new season will race in the colors of Unibax Torun. The Russian did not finish last season due to severe suffering an injury on the track in Torun league match. Sayfutdinov admittedly extended by one year contract with Włókniarz Czestochowa, but due to the backlog, Emil left the club for 1 zł. Sayfutdinow is also a full participant in the SEC next year.