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Poles look the part

Gollob or Hampel for Cardiff win

Nigel Pearson - Nigel Pearson Posted 8th July 2010 view comments

It's hard to believe it's the 10th staging of the British Grand Prix at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium this weekend - and in the context of the race for the world title it's one of the most significant.

The Grand Prix competition has certainly gone up a level this season and the last two rounds in Copenhagen and Torun have been sensational - let's hope for more of the same on Saturday!

Tomasz Gollob was at his brilliant best in Torun, a joy to watch. Despite the fact that he doesn't race here in the UK I would be delighted to see the old master win the world title this year, after all the entertainment he's provided us down the years he deserves it.

Gollob: Great form (Pic credit: Fotospeedway.pl)

Gollob: Great form (Pic credit: Fotospeedway.pl)

But his fellow countryman Jarek Hampel can't be discounted and, even though he slipped down the rankings in Torun, Kenneth Bjerre is very much still in the title hunt.

Crump in the reckoning

And it would take a fool to write off the challenge of the super-professional Jason Crump. Don't you just get the feeling that the Australian ace is getting stronger with every meeting after his horrendous injuries last season?

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He scored that fabulous seven-ride 24-point maximum at the Millennium last season and it wouldn't come as a surprise to me if he was to do it again on Saturday.

But I still feel the title race will be narrowed down to the Polish duo, Gollob and Hampel. And perhaps the experience of the former Ipswich man will be enough to see him home.

It's a night of celebration for the sport of Speedway on Saturday - a happy anniversary and long may the Millennium Stadium, one of the finest sporting venues in the world, continue to be the home of the British Grand Prix. Here's to the next 10 years!

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Errol Robinson says...

Huge thanks to Sky for their excellent support of Speedway-the snooty or jealous BBC didn't even mention tonight's GP on their sport's news even though it's in the Millenium stadium with 40k plus specators!

Posted 12:33 10th July 2010

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