WOZNIAK BACK FOR GORZOW SPEEDWAY GP
Former Polish champion Szymon Wozniak will bid to make the most of his home-track knowledge when he lines up as FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow wild card on Saturday, June 24.
Wozniak, who scored three points as a wild card in the 2022 Gorzow event, has emerged as one of Poland’s top stars in recent seasons, winning 2020 FIM Speedway of Nations silver alongside Bartosz Zmarzlik in Lublin.
He was crowned Polish champion in Gorzow in 2017 and joined Stal Gorzow for the 2018 season, where he has remained ever since, helping the club to three PGE Ekstraliga silver medals and one bronze.
Wozniak is five good rides away from becoming a full-time Speedway GP rider for 2024, having booked his place at the FIM GP Challenge in Gislaved, Sweden on August 19. The top three riders there become the first qualifiers for next season’s Speedway GP World Championship.
The 30-year-old is joined in the event by Stal Gorzow teammates Oskar Fajfer and Wiktor Jasinski, who serve as track reserves, donning the No.17 and No.18 race jackets respectively. They will take to the track if one of the main 16 riders is forced out of a heat due to injury, illness or other reasons.
The Edward Jancarz Stadium stages a double-header of FIM Speedway action that weekend, with the FIM SGP2 of Poland – Gorzow on Friday, June 23 also featuring a home hero as wild card.
Teenage sensation Oskar Paluch, who celebrates his 17th birthday today, will wear the No.16 race jacket for round two of SGP2 – the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship series, which launched in Prague last Saturday.
Paluch, the 2021 FIM Speedway Youth world champion, served as a track reserve in last year’s FIM Gorzow Speedway GP but did not take a ride. He will definitely get five rides in this season’s SGP2 showdown on the Edward Jancarz Stadium circuit, where he represents Stal Gorzow in both the PGE Ekstraliga and Under-24 Ekstraliga.
Son of former rider Piotr Paluch, Oskar is currently seventh in the Under-24 Ekstraliga average charts on 2.583 points per race.
The FIM SGP2 of Poland – Gorzow line-up is completed by track reserves Wiktor Przyjemski and Mateusz Bartkowiak, who wear No.17 and No.18 respectively.
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