star Jason Doyle wins golden helmet on way to semi-finals
speedway champion Jason Doyle will lead the Highbridge-based Somerset
Rebels into play-off semi-final action tonight (Monday) as the newly
crowned Czech Golden Helmet champion.
who is seeded to the quarter-final groupings, began his rides at
the 70th staging of the prestigious event with a fourth place, in
the six-man races but followed that up with a third place and a
race win from his group which included Gleb Cugonov, Rohan Tungate,
Matej Zagar, Robert Lambert and Antonio Lindback.
each rider discounting their lowest score from the trio of heats,
the top three progressed into the semi-finals - Zagar and Lindback
being the other two qualifiers from Doyle's group.
Doyle, fellow Rebels Nico Covatti and Jack Holder had to earn their
places in the quarter final stages. Covatti came through his qualifying
group which included Jan Kvech, Zdenek Holub, Tobias Busch, Gleb
Cugonov and Stanislav Melnicuk with a win and second place, and
proceeded to qualify from his quarter final group (Vaclav Milik,
Jurica Pavlic, Michele Paco Castagna, Frederik Lindgren and Anders
Thomsen), courtesy of another win and second place.
Holder ensured his place in the quarters with a win and third from
his qualifying group (Alessandro Milanes, Robert Lambert, Andrej
Smetana, Daniel Gappmaier and Kevin Wolbert) before banking two
wins in his grouping that included Eduard Krcmar, Nicki Pedersen,
Martin Vaculik, Kenneth Bjerre and Kaj Huckenbeck.
three Rebels found themselves in the same semi-final grouping from
which Doyle won twice but Holder (2-3-1) and Covatti (4-1-3) could
only claim default placings in the consolation final, in which Holder
the main final, however, Doyle made no mistake to become the sixth
Australian to win the Golden Helmet, heading home Martin Vaculik
and Vaclav Milik.
of Doyles win, Rebels team manager Garry May said: "This
is great personal achievement for Jason after what has been a really
tough season for him and it highlights just how well he has turned
his year around. He has consolidated his place in the GP top eight
and now has won one of the most prestigious titles outside of the
world championship. It is good momentum for him and indeed for the
Rebels as a team as we look to secure our place in the play-off