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All down to last meeting

The biggest crown in speedway will be decided tomorrow when the curtain comes down on the Grand Prix series.

Chris Holder leads Nicki Pedersen by two points so it is looking to be one of the closest finishes in years and hopefully we will see some spectacular fireworks to finish off the series.

I am sure there will be plenty of support for both riders - Holder for his likeability and style on track and he would be a new name on the World Championship trophy.

And even though Pedersen is a bit like marmite - you either love him or hate him - his antics on and off track make him one of the sports most controversial figures and I always find I have a smile on my face when watching him because of the entertainment he brings to the sport.

I do admit he can cross the line at times - just ask the cameraman who was sworn at by the Dane a few weeks back.

Personally I think Holder has done enough this year to deserve the World Championship crown and hopefully his success will usher in a new era of up and coming speedway riders who could be future world champions.

Hanging on that last thought the focus will have to be who the wild card picks go to for next year for those who finish outside the top eight.

We already know that Krzysztof Kasprzak, Matej Zagar and Niels-Kristian Iversen will be in next year’s series after filling the first three positions in the Grand Prix Challenge but who will organisers pick for the remaining four places.

Surely two must go to Darcy Ward and Martin Vaculik but where the other two go is anyone’s guess.

Will organisers persist with Chris Harris who has had another season of struggle and has always had to rely on a wildcard to enter the series year on year but if they don’t offer him one will we have a British rider in the series next year.

They are plenty of other exciting young foreign riders coming through and it is maybe time to give them a chance to show what they can produce on the biggest stage of them all.

To top it all off this week we have the first leg of the Elite League Grand Final on Monday and the Premier League play offs getting into full swing.

In the Elite League it looks almost certain that Poole will face off against Swindon which should provide plenty of entertainment.

It seems only right that the top two teams in the league, who have been head and shoulders above the rest this year, should slug it out over 30 heats to see who is crowned champions.

And barring any rain the play offs in Comets group should become a lot clearer with Scunthorpe completing their fixtures with then the Comets matches with Edinburgh still to race.

Hopefully we can come through those and then as we know in speedway anything can happen.

By Paul Crute
Published: October 5, 2012


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