Australian star Chris Holder admits he had to battle with his nerves, despite picking up his second FIM Fogo British Speedway Grand Prix win in three years in Cardiff on Saturday 25 August.
The Sydneysider scored 23 points out of a possible 24 as he topped the Millennium Stadium podium ahead of Poole Pirates team mate Krzysztof Kasprzak. Swedish star Antonio Lindback was third and his compatriot Fredrik Lindgren was fourth.
But Holder dominated proceedings and, after being headed by Nicki Pedersen in heat two, he stormed to six wins from as many rides.
The 24-year-old is now second in the World Championship on 117 points and just a point behind leader Greg Hancock with three rounds to race. Pedersen is third on 112, while Jason Crump has 103 in fourth.
The Poole-based rider won in the Millennium Stadium in his debut SGP season in 2010 and finished third last term. But Holder admits the white-hot atmosphere created by a 38,000-strong crowd still gives him the jitters.
He said: “It’s unreal. I was super nervous before the meeting on the parade with all the people. It’s difficult to just concentrate on riding – you really want to do well and you’re hoping it’s going to happen. When it does, it’s the best feeling ever.
“All night went well. But just because you win a race here and there, it doesn’t mean much. You’ve got to keep going. You could easily stuff it up in the semi-final and be out.
“I was just concentrating as best I could and to come out of the last corner in front … there’s isn’t a better feeling on a speedway bike than that.”
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Published by IMG on 26 August 2012