Speedway

Holder narrowly misses out on World Speedway GP qualification advancement

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A solitary one point has seen Australian youngster Chris Holder bow out of the running for 2008 World Speedway Grand Prix qualification last Saturday night (July 7) in Italy during the running of the semi-final. Holder most certainly would have advanced to the final of the 2008 World Speedway Grand Prix qualifier (top 16 riders) had it not been for an unlucky fall in his opening heat race , as in his remaining four races he finished with two wins and a third and fourth. A single point saw Holder miss the top eight cut off, and despite the obvious disappointment at his fall in his opening ride, he was very pleased with his performance otherwise. "Naturally I'm disappointed with my exclusion in my opening ride which hurt my chances of a top eight finish, and I feel that I had not been excluded, I would have made the top eight as I was battling for second place when the fall happened," Holder explained. "Overall I was very pleased with how I rode, and running up against such strong competition really gives you so much more experience as you have to ride at ten tenths in each and every race, and there is no where to hide when there are World Grand Prix positions "It was just a bit of bad luck in the end that denied me being able to go on to the next qualification final, as in this form of competition there are no easy passes, and I found that out well and truly." The next night (Sunday, July 8) Holder and his Isle of Wight team-mates scored the victory in the Premier League four team tournament race meeting which was held in Peterborough, England and the 19-year-old's personal tally out of six rides was five wins and a second. Next weekend sees Holder join the World Cup squad, consisting of team-mates Jason Crump, Leigh Adams, Ryan Sullivan and Rory Schlein, where they will take part in the quarter final in Denmark. Chris Holder in 2007 is proudly sponsored by:
Castrol Oils Australia (John Petrocelli)
Castrol Oils UK (Donald Smith)
Sandic Engineering (Peter Ryan)
Uni Filter Australia (Myles Gooch)
RJ Warren Landscaping (Rob Warren)
PBOZ Race Gear Australia (Darren Caf̩)

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