Speedway: Local hero Janowski wins at Wrocław, leads GP series standings

Maciej Janowski won the second round of the 2020 Speedway Grand Prix held on Saturday in Wrocław, southwestern Poland, taking the series’ overall standings lead.

The local speedway club Betard Sparta representative finished ahead of his British teammate Tai Woffinden and the titleholder Bartosz Zmarzlik. Another Pole, Patryk Dudek, took ninth spot, failing to reach the semifinal stage.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Prix series was cropped and compressed to four GP weekends in Wrocław, Gorzów, Prague and Toruń, consisting of eight events. Friday’s inauguration was won by the Russian Artem Laguta, with Janowski coming second and the Swede Fredrik Lindgren taking third place.

The crowd gathered at the Olympic Stadium in Wrocław witnessed the racing riddled with spectacular moves and overtaking throughout the two days.

It was the seventh GP event won by Janowski in his career, but the very first on Polish soil. Showing consistent form over the weekend, he is leading the series on 38 points, six ahead of the winner from Friday Artem Laguta and Woffinden (32 pts apiece). Zmarzlik is fifth on 27, while Patryk Dudek is tenth on 13.

The series will now move to Gorzów Wielkopolski where two rounds are scheduled for September 11-12.