Woffy second in British SGP

The British Speedway Grand Prix just blew the doors off Cardiff and the Principality Stadium with an epic feast of nerve-shredding racing that ended with Tai Woffinden taking second place.Every year the ante gets upped and this year was no different, with over 45,000 people sat on the edge of their seats as they saw some breathtaking action on one of the best tracks the British GP has seen in a long time.Woffinden was aiming for his first GP win on home soil but just like last year, he was so close and yet so far. The man who denied him was Brazillian-born Swede Antonio Lindback, who put in a simply awesome shift to win his first GP in almost five years.It was a final worthy of the occasion. Lindback took an early lead ahead of current series leader Greg Hancock but then Woffinden came from nowhere to hit second and take up the challenge.They diced with each other for two laps, Tai getting through twice before Lindback got him back and just found the extra speed to hold on for the win and break the hearts of the British fans desperate to see their home hero on the top step.Tai settled for second on 15 points and Greg fourth on 10, which means Greg’s lead at the top of the standings is down to three heading into the mid-season break.Despite just missing out on the win, Woffy was still stoked with the way his night went; “I said before I started that I just wanted to make the podium and I achieved that goal and I’m super happy. “I felt fast in the final and felt like I had the speed to pass Antonio in the final but he changed his lines up a little bit and he got me thinking, I think he saw me coming a bit. It ‘s the world championship you know, everyone is pretty fast so I’m just happy to get some points in and get on the podium.”Tai also paid tribute to the fans who got behind him all the way, “I don’t think the fans could’ve made any more noise if they tried! They absolutely blew the roof off and I don’t think it made a difference where I finished, their support was awesome and I can’t thank them enough.”It was a solid night for Hancock too, who battled his way to the final despite getting the worst pick of gates in the semi-final. He’s still sitting pretty at the top of the tree, but he’s chasing trophies as well as points.“It was one of those nights, I came here full of steam and feeling confident. We had a bit of a rough start but we got things working later, we squeezed into the semi’s and then made it happen, but it was hard from gate four in the final.“The guys up front were fighting for the wide line and I thought I might be able to sneak up the inside and join the mix but I ended up costing myself a place on the podium.

“It’s always good to be in the lead but it’s being in the mix at the top that’s the main thing, it’s going the right way but I’m pretty hard on myself and want to be that little bit better so we’ll keep working hard.”Chris Holder couldn’t capitalise on a good start to make the semi-final’s but he’s only three points off overall third place and now has a break to rest and recharge his batteries.The GP tour takes a break now as the Monster Energy Speedway World Cup takes over, and it looks like being one of the most competitive tournaments in years!Series Top 8;1. Greg Hancock – 66 points2. Tai Woffinden – 63 points3. Jason Doyle – 54 points4. Antonio Lindback – 53 points5 . Maciej Janowski – 52 points6. Bartosz Zmarzlik – 51 points7. Chris Holder – 50 points8. Matej Zagar – 39 points