2008 Speedway Grand Prix

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2008 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
Dates April 26 - October 18
Events 11 in 10 cities in 8 countries
Riders 15 permanents,
1 wild card(s),
2 track reserves
Heats 253 + 1 Super Prix (in 11 events)
Champion Gold  DEN Nicki Pedersen
Runner-up Silver  AUS Jason Crump
3rd place Bronze  POL Tomasz Gollob

The 2008 Speedway Grand Prix season was the 14th season in the Speedway Grand Prix era used to determine the Speedway World Champion. It was the second under the promotion of IMG.

Event format[edit]

The format for 2008 was the same as that used in 2007 with 16 riders taking part in each Grand Prix. Over the course of 20 heats each rider raced against every other rider once. The top eight scorers advanced to a semi-final and from each semi-final the first and second placed riders advanced to the GP final.

All rides count towards Grand Prix points totals, including the semi-final and final, which counts double (6-4-2-0) and therefore the maximum points for a single Grand Prix is 24 (five heat wins, semi final win and final win). This format means that the winner of each Grand Prix may not be the rider who scores most GP points from each race.

Qualification[edit]

For the 2008 season, there were 15 permanent riders who were joined at each Grand Prix by one wild card and two track reserves.

2007 Grand Prix[edit]

The top eight riders from the 2007 championship qualified as of right. These eight qualifiers were, in championship order:

Grand Prix Challenge[edit]

The top eight riders from 2007 were joined by three riders who qualified via the Grand Prix Challenge. These riders were, in order by qualifying position:

Nominations[edit]

The final four riders were nominated by series promoters, Benfield Sports International, following the completion of the 2007 season.

2008 Riders[edit]

No Rider DOB Age[1] 2008 Clubs
United Kingdom British Poland Polish Sweden Swedish Denmark Danish Others
1 Denmark DEN Nicki Pedersen 1977-04-02 31 Częstochowa Gislaved Holsted (DEN) Togliatti (RUS)
2 Australia AUS Leigh Adams 1971-04-28 37 Swindon Leszno Avesta
3 Australia AUS Jason Crump 1975-08-06 33 Belle Vue Wrocław Vetlanda
4 Poland POL Tomasz Gollob 1971-04-11 37 Gorzów Wlkp. Västervik
5 Denmark DEN Hans Andersen 1980-11-03 28 Coventry Toruń Målilla Fjelsted (DEN)
6 United States USA Greg Hancock 1970-06-03 38 Częstochowa Hallstavik
7 Poland POL Rune Holta 1973-08-29 35 Gorzów Wlkp. Vetlanda Grindsted (DEN)
8 United Kingdom GBR Scott Nicholls 1978-05-16 30 Eastbourne Rzeszów Stockholm
9 United Kingdom GBR Chris Harris 1982-11-28 26 Coventry Ostrów Wlkp. Västervik
10 Sweden SWE Andreas Jonsson 1980-09-03 28 Lakeside Bydgoszcz Målilla
11 Denmark DEN Bjarne Pedersen 1978-07-12 30 Poole Gdańsk Västervik Holstebro (DEN)
12 Denmark DEN Niels Kristian Iversen 1982-05-20 26 Wolverhampton Zielona Góra Västervik Holsted (DEN)
13 Czech Republic CZE Lukáš Dryml 1981-04-16 27 Peterborough Ostrów Wlkp. Målilla Pardubice (CZE)
14 Poland POL Krzysztof Kasprzak 1984-07-18 24 Poole Leszno Eskilstuna
15 Sweden SWE Fredrik Lindgren 1985-09-15 23 Wolverhampton Zielona Góra Målilla Pardubice (CZE)

Cities[edit]

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Lonigo
Leszno
Gothenburg
Copenhagen
Cardiff
Prague
Målilla
Daugavpils
Bydgoszcz
Krško
Gelsenkirchen

Calendar[edit]

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 April 26 Slovenia Krško , Slovenia
M. Gubca Stadium
Poland Tomasz Gollob Denmark Nicki Pedersen Denmark Hans N. Andersen Sweden Andreas Jonsson results
2 May 10 Poland Leszno , Poland
A. Smoczyk Stadium
Australia Leigh Adams United States Greg Hancock Denmark Nicki Pedersen Poland Jarosław Hampel results
3 May 24 Sweden Göteborg , Sweden
Ullevi
Poland Rune Holta Sweden Fredrik Lindgren Denmark Nicki Pedersen Australia Jason Crump results
4 June 14 Denmark Copenhagen , Denmark
Parken Stadium
Poland Tomasz Gollob Denmark Nicki Pedersen Australia Jason Crump Denmark Hans N. Andersen results
5 June 28 United Kingdom Cardiff , Great Britain
Millennium Stadium
Australia Jason Crump United States Greg Hancock Denmark Nicki Pedersen United Kingdom Scott Nicholls results
6 August 2 Czech Republic Prague , Czech Republic
Marketa Stadium
Denmark Nicki Pedersen Denmark Hans N. Andersen Australia Jason Crump United States Greg Hancock results
7 August 16 Sweden Målilla , Sweden
G&B Stadium
Australia Leigh Adams Denmark Hans N. Andersen Denmark Nicki Pedersen Australia Jason Crump results
8 August 30 Latvia Daugavpils , Latvia
Spidveja Centrs
Australia Jason Crump Denmark Nicki Pedersen Poland Tomasz Gollob United States Greg Hancock results
9 September 13 Poland Bydgoszcz , Poland
Polonia Stadium
United States Greg Hancock Denmark Nicki Pedersen Poland Tomasz Gollob United Kingdom Scott Nicholls results
10 September 27 Italy Lonigo , Italy
Santa Marina Stadium
Denmark Hans N. Andersen Denmark Bjarne Pedersen Australia Jason Crump Australia Leigh Adams results
October 11 Germany Gelsenkirchen , Germany
Veltins-Arena
results
11 October 18 Poland Bydgoszcz , Germany
Polonia Stadium
Poland Tomasz Gollob Denmark Hans N. Andersen United States Greg Hancock Australia Leigh Adams results

The Final Classification[edit]

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points SVN
Slovenia
EUR
Poland
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
SCA
Sweden
LAT
Latvia
POL
Poland
ITA
Italy
FIN
Poland
Gold Denmark (1) Nicki Pedersen 174 17 16 16 20 11 22 14 18 21 6 13
Silver Australia (3) Jason Crump 152 10 8 12 18 22 17 12 19 9 18 7
Bronze Poland (4) Tomasz Gollob 148 19 12 8 19 4 12 8 16 20 9 21
4 United States (6) Greg Hancock 144 8 20 6 10 20 13 12 13 18 9 15
5 Denmark (5) Hans N. Andersen 139 14 6 8 11 9 16 20 7 10 21 17
6 Australia (2) Leigh Adams 125 5 20 9 8 7 10 21 9 9 12 15
7 Sweden (10) Andreas Jonsson 100 12 9 8 9 8 9 6 10 8 9 12
8 Poland (7) Rune Holta 80 5 4 17 7 6 9 5 4 6 10 7
9 United Kingdom (8) Scott Nicholls 77 7 2 7 7 12 6 4 7 10 8 7
10 Sweden (15) Fredrik Lindgren 73 7 7 22 3 2 4 7 7 0 5 9
11 Denmark (11) Bjarne Pedersen 69 4 7 14 7 6 7 4 17 3
12 Denmark (12) Niels Kristian Iversen 59 8 10 2 6 6 7 9 1 4 6 ns
13 United Kingdom (9) Chris Harris 58 6 6 5 3 10 7 3 9 5 ns 4
14 Poland (14) Krzysztof Kasprzak 57 6 3 5 3 4 1 9 7 6 8 5
15 Czech Republic (13) Lukáš Dryml 47 9 2 3 1 1 4 5 7 3 4 8
16 Poland (16) Jarosław Hampel 16 16
17 Denmark (16) Kenneth Bjerre 11 11
18 Poland (16) Wiesław Jaguś 9 9
19 Czech Republic (16) (19) Luboš Tomíček, Jr. 8 3 5 0
20 Slovenia (16) Matej Žagar 7 7
21 Sweden (16) (17) Jonas Davidsson 7 7 ns
22 United Kingdom (16) Edward Kennett 4 4
23 Sweden (16) Peter Ljung 3 3
24 Russia (16) Grigory Laguta 2 2
25 Italy (17) Mattia Carpanese 2 2
26 Sweden (18) Billy Forsberg 2 2
27 Denmark (17) Nicolai Klindt 1 1
28 Poland (17) (18) Krzysztof Buczkowski 1 ns 1
29 Poland (17) (18) Maciej Janowski 1 ns 1
30 Italy (16) Guglielmo Franchetti 0 0
31 Germany (16) Martin Smolinski 0 0
32 Sweden (17) Sebastian Aldén 0 0
33 Latvia (17) Maksims Bogdanovs 0 0
34 Italy (18) Alessandro Milanese 0 0
35 Poland (18) Grzegorz Zengota 0 0
Rider(s) not classified
Slovenia (17) Izak Šantej ns
Poland (17) Damian Baliński ns
United Kingdom (17) Tai Woffinden ns
Czech Republic (17) Adrian Rymel ns
Slovenia (18) Denis Štojs ns
Denmark (18) Patrick Hougaard ns
United Kingdom (18) Simon Stead ns
Czech Republic (18) Filip Šitera ns
Sweden (18) Thomas H. Jonasson ns
Latvia (18) Kasts Poudzuks ns
Pos. Rider Points SVN
Slovenia
EUR
Poland
SWE
Sweden
DEN
Denmark
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
SCA
Sweden
LAT
Latvia
POL
Poland
ITA
Italy
FIN
Poland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Age in 2008.

External links[edit]