Speedway

Harris sizzles, Adams closes in, Crump back in town

Author: Mark Fattore

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An utterly stunning performance by Chris Harris has seen him become the first native to win the British Speedway Grand Prix at the Millennium Dome in Cardiff. In a magnificent GP, held in front of a record crowd of 41,247, 24-year-old Harris masterfully nailed a dramatic, last-gasp win in the final over American Greg Hancock, with Australians Jason Crump and Leigh Adams finishing third and fourth. The victory came in just Harris' fifth GP, making him the toast of a nation which has failed to make an impression on the top category of speedway since Mark Loram won the world title in 2000. "This was more than I dared dream about," said an emotional Harris. "It still hasn't sunk in." Harris is now the third local winner of the British GP behind Loram (1999) and wildcard Martin Dugard in 2000. Although Harris understandably stole the limelight in Cardiff, it was also a profitable night for the Australian contingent, with Adams drawing closer to Dane Nicki Pedersen in the battle for top spot in the 11-round championship, while Crump's baffling run of outs came to an end when he snared a place in the final. Adams was again in searing form, and he made a flying start in final before it was called back by the referee after Hancock was adjudged to have moved. In the re-run, Adams missed the start and trailed in fourth for the entire distance. "I'm not too sure how I feel to be honest," said Adams. "My first thoughts are that I'm disappointed because it was really there for the taking. I made a flyer the first time, but the rut I started in just wasn't there the second time and I spun up. "There are plenty of positives though, and making three consecutive A Finals is something I really think is a massive breakthrough and a good sign for the rest of the championship. "I've closed the gap on Nicki (Pedersen) to 11pts and I feel as though I'm getting better each meeting. I think there were a few people who probably thought I'd choke today but they were very wrong. "This is the best I've ever ridden at Cardiff and I think when I wake up tomorrow I'll be pretty satisfied. It was a great result and has helped me in the championship overall." Crump, appearing in his fifth final at the Millennium Dome, couldn't repeat his victory from last year, but he did send a clear message to his contemporaries that he will not relinquish is title in a whimper. After a slow start, Crump hit top form in his last three preliminary heats, before easily dispensing with Hancock, Hans Andersen and Briton Scott Nicholls in the opening semi-final. In the second semi-final, the big news was the exclusion of Pedersen, who crashed on the first corner and was not allowed in the re-start. The Dane, who equal top-scored in the heats alongside Harris and Andersen, was hoping to qualify for his fifth successive final in 2007. Sans Pedersen, Adams and a fast-finishing Harris made it through to the evening's centrepiece at the expense of Poland's Jarek Hampel. In the big one, Harris had to charge through from third position for his stirring victory, with Crump his first victim, followed by a courageous Hancock in the closing stages. After five of 11 rounds, Pedersen remains the leader on 86pts, from Adams (75) and a tightening bunch consisting of Andersen (67), Hancock (67), Harris (56) and Crump (53). Round six is not until July 28 in the Czech Republic, after which the 2007 Speedway World Cup (SWC) will have been contested. Australia has won the SWC twice (2001-2002) in its current configuration, with Adams and Crump to be joined in this year's team by their erstwhile world title colleague Ryan Sullivan, as well as young guns Chris Holder and Rory Schlein. Schlein and Holder, alongside another Aussie Steve Johnston, have recently made it through to the semi-final stage of qualifying for next year's world title. The opening SWC qualifying round will be held in Denmark on July 14. CARDIFF RESULTS
1 Chris Harris, Great Britain - 20pts
2 Greg Hancock, America - 17
3 Jason Crump, Australia - 15
4 Leigh Adams, Australia - 14
5 Hans Andersen, Denmark - 13
6 Nicki Pedersen, Denmark - 12
7 Scott Nicholls, Great Britain - 9
8 Jarek Hampel, Poland - 8
9= Bjarne Pedersen, Denmark - 7
9= Antonio Lindback, Sweden - 7

OVERALL STANDINGS (after round five of 11):
1 Nicki Pedersen - 86
2 Adams - 75
3= Andersen - 67
3= Hancock - 67
5 Harris - 56
6 Crump - 53
7 Andreas Jonsson, Sweden - 38
8 Tomasz Gollob, Poland - 36
9 Hampel - 34
10 Nicholls - 30

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