Niels-Kristian Iversen Wins Topsy-Turvy Grand Prix In Sweden
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen admits it would be “a dream come true” if he could secure a World Championship medal after storming to Rockklassiker Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand Prix glory in Stockholm on Saturday.
Iversen won the dramatic first-ever speedway meeting at the Friends Arena ahead of Poland’s Jaroslaw Hampel, Slovenian star Matej Zagar and American icon Greg Hancock.
The event saw World Championship leader Tai Woffinden of Great Britain re-break the collarbone he shattered at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on June 1 when he crashed with Polish legend Tomasz Gollob in heat two.
Woffy, who is six points away from becoming World Champion, was originally scheduled for surgery in England on Sunday night, but now will wait it out. Meanwhile, Gollob was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that he’d broken his C7 vertebrae and now the 42-year-old Pole will miss the rest of the season.
The World Championship race may not have been settled in Stockholm, but Iversen made a sensational surge into the bronze medal position with an awesome 18-point haul. He moved to 119 points, while Nicki Pedersen is six points behind on 113 ahead of the season-closing Torun Speedway Grand Prix of Poland on October 5.
Iversen has established himself as one of the most consistent riders in world speedway over the past two seasons. After adding his Stockholm success to his Italian GP win, Puk would love to crown a fine season with a top-three finish in the championship.