SEC – QR1: Bartosz Smektała wins in Stralsund

SEC: Speedway European Championship
QR1 – Bartosz Smektała wins in Stralsund

The qualifying rounds for the SEC challenge, the Speedway Europen Championship, which determine the participants in this year’s Individual European Championship, is begun this weekend in Stralsund, Germany.
The Speedway Euro Championship is a four-round series of competitions for the title of Individual European Champion. The battle for the gold medal will begin on July 2 in Rybnik. Then, the riders will compete in Gustrow (August 6) and Łódź (September 3). The final round will take place on September 23 in Pardubice.
At the end of an exciting competition of 22 heats, Bartosz Smektala won the qualifying round. Kai Huckenbeck, Timo Lahti, Fredrik Jakobsen and Rasmus Jensen also advanced to the final round.
Smektała has been a regular participant of SEC in 2019-2021. The Pole finishing fifth in overall classification twice. Last year he lost a direct race to stay in the series to Daniel Bewley. So far, Smektała has stood on the podium of a single SEC round once – in Guestrow in 2019.
Huckenbeck, Lahti, Jakobsen and Jensen also advanced to the final qualification round which will be held in Krsko. The representatives of Germany and Finland regularly competed in the finals in recent years. Huckenbeck took third place in Guestrow (2016) and Gniezno (2018), while Lahti stood on the podium in 2020 in Gniezno and Torun.

Top 3 in Stralsund
1. Bartosz Smektała
2. Kai Huckenbeck
3. Timo Lahti

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SEC: Speedway European Championship