On March 24th, at Motoarena in Toruń, first round of this year's Speedway Best Pairs series will be taken. Rivalry, where sponsor teams fight for the supremacy, will be held under a changed formula. What's more, it is today, when the ticket sales starts.
In this year's edition, six sponsor teams will take part in the competition. Teams' roster are filled with riders, who gained international successes last year. Fans will witness racing by guys like Greg Hancock, Emil Sayfutdinov, Patryk Dudek or Andzejs Lebedevs.
Each of the three rounds will consist 15 heats of the main series (5 rounds of starts, each team against each other), 2 semi-finals and final heat. What's interesting, comparing it to the last years, winner of the main series will not secure their spot in the final heat. In the semis, we'll have teams from positions 1-4. This team, which will win the main series, will have an option to choose their rival in the semi-final (from positions 2-4). Winners of the semis go straight to the final.
- Formula of seven teams starting has expired, in our opinion. Through the winter, we had been looking for ideas to add some dynamics and emotions to our competition. In the past, we had situations when these 21 heats of the main series, were quite stretched in time. In the new formula, we'll have less heats, but most definitely they'll be more interesting to watch. General classification will also be more clear, because after every three heats, we'll know how in fact table looks like - Jan Konikiewicz, vice-president of One Sport.
One of the riders, who will perform in this year's edition of Speedway Best Pairs is American - Greg Hancock. Last season, his Monster Energy Speedway Team, won the spot on the podium at the very last moment.
- This format of Speedway Best Pairs is just great, we're racing with our buddies, so it's a good fun. In the previous seasons however, we didn't do as much as we wanted, but hopefully, this year, we're fighting for the ultimate win - Hancock said.
- Comparing to the previous year, there will be no one race-off heat, but two semi-finals instead. Team winning the main series, chooses their rival in the first semi-final. In the second, two other teams meet. This change will make the winning team still observe the track and see what kind of changes are going on. In the last formula, they were lack of this advantage - Konikiewicz added.
After the end of the round, general classification will be filled according to positions with points: 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1.
Detailed information about the teams' rosters will be presented in the upcoming days.
- We can say that this line up will be better than the last year. We have some comebacks and few riders, since that time, reached for medals of world and European championships, so we can definitely assure that these changes will be fine - Konikiewicz ended.
Tickets for the first round of Speedway Best Pairs in Toruń (24.03.2018) are in sales now. You can buy them via www.eventim.pl, Empik, Media Markt and Saturn stores all over the country.
Meeting starts at 5.30 PM CET.
Normal ticket - 35 PLN
Reduced-fare ticket - 10 PLN
Normal ticket - 20 PLN
Reduced-fare ticket - 10 PLN
Main stand - 100 PLN
VIP ticket - 650 PLN
Race program - 10 PLN
Children under 12 y.o. (born in 2005 and younger) - 1 PLN (available to be purchased with a normal ticket). Children under 7 y.o. - free entrance (with no seat).
Reduced-fare ticket dedicated to: women, children (13 to 18 y.o. - born in 2000 and younger), students (with valid student ID), pensioners and retirees.