European 250cc Youth Speedway Championship:
Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2, Final
The beautiful city of Riga, in Latvia, hosted the Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and Final of the European 250cc Youth Speedway Championship.
Semi Final 1 – Semi Final 2
These two meetings had been run under extremely hot weather conditions with temperatures over 30°. All young riders had been on a high professional level and the two Semi Finals only had one heavy crash. The rider had been transported to the hospital, but was released later and seen in the pit again. Racing was on a high level with good overtaking and close finish on some of the heats.
In Semi Final 1 Polish rider Kacper Mania took the overall win ahead of British William Cairns and Danish Mikkel Andersen. 8+1 riders qualified to the Final on Sunday.
In Semi Final 2 Polish rider Maksymilian Pawekczak claimed the victory ahead of Swedish Rasmus Karlsson and Sven Cerjak from Slovenia. 7+1 riders qualified to the Final, one of these was local rider Damirs Filimonovs).
A hot day welcomed riders in a well-prepared track, that at the end of the day crowned the new European Champion.
Heat 1 started with a small crash, but all 4 riders had been participating in the re-run. Heat 5 was a really good racing between Mania, Karlsson and Pawekczak and at the end the Polish rider took the win. Heat 9 was another exciting race: Andersen fought hard till the last lap overtaking Cairns and taking another step towards the gold medal.
After 19 Heats two riders had 11 points and one rider 10 points: Heat 20 was the Final!
Andersen took the lead right from the start and won ahead of Mania and Emil Maroszek.
7th final position for local hero Filimonovs.
Final – Top three:
- Mikkel Andersen, DAN
- Kacper Mania, POL
- Emil Maroszek, POL