LINDGREN SEALS SWEDISH TITLE NO.4 AS NILSSON BAGS MALILLA WILD CARD

28/05/2024

LINDGREN SEALS SWEDISH TITLE NO.4 AS NILSSON BAGS MALILLA WILD CARDLINDGREN SEALS SWEDISH TITLE NO.4 AS NILSSON BAGS MALILLA WILD CARD

Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren stormed to his fourth Swedish Championship in Vastervik as Kim Nilsson earned the chance to make up for his 2023 home heartbreak by securing the FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla wild card.

Both Lindgren and Nilsson blazed through their five heats with 14 points apiece to gain qualification for the final, with the world No.2 taking victory to retain his national crown and add to the Swedish titles he won in 2018, 2021 and 2023. 

But second place for Nilsson sees him seal the No.16 race jacket for the FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla on June 15.

In his debut season as a full-time SGP rider in 2023, 2022 FIM SGP Challenge winner Nilsson suffered the heartbreak of missing his home event due to injury. 

The Speedway GP third substitute will be determined to make the most of the opportunity to compete against the best riders in the world once again and repeat the heroics that saw him reach the 2023 FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Teterow final, finishing fourth, as well as the 2023 FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff semi-finals.

Third place was taken by Filip Hjelmland, who tallied 12 in the heats. Former SGP2 star Philip Hellstrom-Bangs won the semi-final ahead of former Finnish international Timo Lahti, young gun Jonatan Grahn and ex-Speedway GP regular Antonio Lindback to complete the final four. But Hellstrom-Bangs crashed out of the final following a collision with Hjelmland.

Hellstrom-Bangs tallied 10 points over five rides, with Lahti and Lindback notching nine apiece. Grahn and two-time Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell both accrued eight.

Former Speedway GP rider Oliver Berntzon and 2022 and 2023 SGP2 rider Casper Henriksson scored seven each.

The track reserves for the FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla will be announced soon.

SWEDISH FINAL HEAT SCORES: 1. Kim Nilsson 14, 2. Fredrik Lindgren 14, 3. Filip Hjelmland 12, 4. Philip Hellstrom-Bangs 10, 5. Timo Lahti 9, 6. Antonio Lindback 9, 7. Jonatan Grahn 8, 8. Jacob Thorssell 8, 9. Oliver Berntzon 7, 10. Casper Henriksson 7, 11. Mathias Thornblom 6, 12. Noel Wahlqvist 5, 13. Victor Palovaara 5, 14. Tomas H Jonasson 5, 15. Sammy Van Dyck 1, 16. Ludvig Lindgren 0, 17. Joel Andersson 0, 18. Peter Ljung 0.

SEMI-FINAL: Hellstrom-Bangs, Lahti, Grahn, Lindback.

FINAL: Lindgren, Nilsson, Hjelmland, Hellstrom-Bangs (dq).