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Mon 29th July 2019 ICSF World Cycle Speedway Championships Kalety

It was another very hot and sunny day, for the Poland v Rest of the World test matches at Kalety on Monday. The smart village venue put on a great day's racing on a typical English type track.

First up was the Veterans match. Mike Hack was the team manager for the ROW, with Craig Marchant as captain. Craig was lucky to escape an exclusion for legging off ex A&T rider Tomasz Szwajorek in heat 1, as the ROW team took a 7-3. The lead was never lost and the Rest of the World team ran out comfortable 81-69 winners.

The junior match followed, with Steve Harris managing the Rest of the World team. Poland opened up an 8 points lead after heat 6. A remarkable turn round saw the ROW team hit back with three successive 7-3s. Despite Poland fighting back to reduce the deficit to 1 point, Will Jeffrey won the last heat to complete his maximum and secure a 75-74 win for the Rest of the World team.

The day's racing was completed with an absolute classic Senior match. Two very strong teams lined up, with Poland fielding three former World Champions and the Rest of the World team composed of four top British and four Australian riders. Mike Hack and Steve Harris were the team managers, with Cody Chadwick as captain. Gate exclusions to Bartek Grabowski and Dawid Bas saw the ROW team lead by 8 points after heat 4. This was followed by exclusions to Chris Timms (leg) and Paul Heard (gate) to level the scores just two races later. The ROW team regained the lead with a second 6-4 over the Szymanski/ Nowacki pairing in heat 8. The visitors held the lead until the Szymanski/ Zajac pair took a 7-3 in heat 15 to level the scores. A 6-4 in heat 17 put Poland two points up, fielding their top two scorers in a last heat decider. A&T's Kamil Bielica, off grid 4, fell at the 1st bend, as Chris Timms stormed away from grid 1. Marcin Szymanski then came down, as he clipped Timms' back wheel on the back straight, leaving Timms and Chadwick to complete the rest of the race in a celebratory fashion. In one of the best matches ever seen, the Rest of the World team pulled off a stunning 89-87 win on a Polish track. Despite his last race fall, Kamil Bielica top scored for Poland with 15 points.
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