2008 Speedway World Cup

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2008 Speedway Grand Prix
2008 FIM Nordicbet Speedway World Cup
Tournament details
Host nations  Denmark (Race-Off and the Final)
 Poland and  United Kingdom (Semi-Finals)
Dates July 12 - July 19
Venues 3
Cities 3
Heats 101 (in 4 events)
Tournament results
Champion  Denmark
Runner-up  Poland
3rd place  Sweden

The 2008 FIM Nordicbet Speedway World Cup (SWC) is the 8th FIM Speedway World Cup season. The Final took place on July 19 2008 in Vojens, Denmark. The tournament was won by host team Denmark (49 pts) and they beat defending champion Poland (46 pts), Sweden (39 pts) and Australia (21 pts) in the Final.[1][2]

It was the second time the Speedway World Cup was won by Denmark and their thirteenth Team World Champion title overall. It was the second time Hans Andersen, Niels Kristian Iversen, Bjarne Pedersen and Nicki Pedersen had been members of a World Cup winning team (Champions in 2006, but it was the first time for Kenneth Bjerre.

Calendar[edit]

Day Venue Winner
Qualification
25 May Hungary Miskolc Hungary Hungary result
|29 June Slovenia Ljubljana Czech Republic Czech Republic result
Semi-Finals
12 July Poland Leszno Australia Australia result
14 July United Kingdom Coventry Denmark Denmark result
Race-Off
17 July Denmark Vojens Sweden Sweden result
Final
19 July Denmark Vojens Denmark Denmark result

Qualification[edit]

The top 6 teams of the overall 2007 Speedway World Cup was directly seeded into the 2008 SWC Final Tournament: Poland (Rank #1 - the defending Champion), Denmark (#2), Australia (#3), Great Britain (#4), Sweden (#5) and Russia (#6). 2 other teams was shall qualify to the SWC through 2 preliminary rounds: Czech Republic (#7) and Hungary (#8).

In Preliminary Round 1 in Miskolc, Hungary was won Hungary team (51+3 points) after Run-Off between Matej Ferjan and Tobias Kroner from Germany (51+2 pts). Last places was take Latvia (36 pts) nad United States (12 pts) without Grand Prix rider Greg Hancock.

In Ljubljana, Slovenia was rode Preliminary Round 2 who was won by Czech Republic team (59 points). They beat Finland (40 pts), Slovenia (35 pts) and Italy (16 pts).

Pos. National team Pts.
1  Hungary 51+3
2  Germany 51+e
3  Latvia 36
4  United States 12
Pos. National team Pts.
1  Czech Republic 59
2  Finland 40
3  Slovenia 35
4  Italy 16

Tournament[edit]

The SWC Final Tournament was held by Poland (Event 1), Great Britain (Event 2) and Denmark (Race-Off and The Final).

The first Semi-Final (Event 1) was held in Leszno, Poland. This meeting was won by Australia (56+3 points) after a Run-Off between Leigh Adams and Jarosław Hampel from Poland (56+2 points). In Event 2 in Coventry, Great Britain, the Denmark team won (63 points).

The Race-Off and the Final were held in Vojens, Denmark. The Swedish team won the Race-Off(53 points). Sweden and Poland (50 points) qualified for the Final. The last two places were taken by Great Britain (36 points) and Russia (17 points).

In the Finale the Denmark team won (49 points). They beat Poland (46), Sweden (39) and Australia (21).

  Semi-finals   Race-off   Final
12 July - Leszno, Smoczyk Stadium
     Australia   56+3  
     Poland   56+2  
     Russia   36       19 July - Vojens, Speedway Center
     Hungary   10 17 July - Vojens, Speedway Center      Denmark   49
details      Sweden   53        Poland   46
       Poland   50        Sweden   39
       Great Britain   36        Australia   21
14 July - Coventry, Brandon stadium      Russia   17 details
     Denmark   63 details
     Sweden   50.5  
     Great Britain   25.5   Key:
     Czech Republic   13     Qualify to the Final
details     Qualify to the Race-Off

Final classification[edit]

Pos. National team Pts.
Gold  Denmark 49
Silver  Poland 46
Bronze  Sweden 39
4  Australia 21
5  Great Britain 36
6  Russia 17
7  Czech Republic 13
8  Hungary 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ speedwayworld.tv; Retrieved on 2008-12-28
  2. ^ Świat Żużla, No 4 (76) / 2008, page 58, ISSN 1429-3285