Monday, April 9, 2018

Heerenveen (NED) Day 1 - King Koltakov!

Dmitry Koltakov & Daniil Ivanov - Final 9 - Heerenveen (NED) - Photo © Good Shoot

Russia’s Dmitry Koltakov has retained his World Championship title with one round to spare after another impressive performance in Heerenveen on Saturday. His win was confirmed as early as Heat 13 when he beat his nearest rival Daniil Ivanov making it impossible for him to be caught in the overall classification. Koltakov has been consistently dominant throughout the LUKOIL FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship this year and has richly deserved his victory.

The battle for silver and bronze medals still continues with Ivanov holding a slight advantage going into the final event of the series on Sunday. Dmitri Khomitsevich enjoyed a little good luck firstly when Harald Simon fell whilst leading him in Heat 10 gifting him an extra point, then repeated when Koltakov retired in Heat 20.

The Swedish squad had their most successful meeting of the year with four of them reaching the semi-finals. The Svenssons, father and son, produced their best result of the season but they were not able to progress further, and it was the four Russians who battled out the final with Koltakov finishing ahead of Dinar Valeev and Ivanov.

Harald Simon and Franz Zorn experienced a frustrating evening and managed to collect only five points each. Simon had started with a win but two disqualifications left him dispirited and Zorn had motor problems to restrict his scoring.

Hans Weber collected a leg injury when he fell in his first race. There is nothing broken but bruising and pain forced him to withdraw from the meeting in the hope that he will be fit enough to contest Day 2.