For many years now, Daugavpils has hosted top-level international speedway forums. Daugavpils will again become the epicentre of the world speedway this year and will host the semi-finals of the “Speedway of Nations” on September 17th and 18th. Indeed, this race will become the most significant sports event in Daugavpils and one of the largest sports events in Latvia in 2021. On this day, the championship held in Daugavpils will be shown on television screens all over the world.
“Speedway of Nations” is a World Speedway Team Championship. The tournament consists of two semi-finals and two final races. Both semi-final races will take place in Daugavpils city, in which 14 best teams of the world will compete for 6 places in the final. Teams from Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, USA, Slovenia, and Finland will compete in the first semi-final, which will take place on September 17th. Teams from Latvia, the motorsport federation of Russia, as well as riders from Australia, Ukraine, Italy, France, and Germany, will take part in the second semi-final on September 18th. Only the six strongest teams will reach the final and it will be held in Manchester on October 16th and 17th.
Many stars of the World Series Grand Prix will perform in semi-finals, for example, the world champion Bartosz Zmarzlik (Poland) and Jason Doyle (Australia), repeated winners of “Grand Prix” races – Maciej Janowski (Poland), Artem Laguta (Russia, started his professional career at the junior age in the Daugavpils team), Emil Sayfutdinov (Russia), Leon Madsen (Denmark), Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden) and Matei Zagar (Slovenia). The Latvian team will be represented by the 2017 European champion Andzejs Lebedevs, the bronze medalist of the 2020 World Junior Championships Olegs Mihailovs, the finalist of “Grand Prix Challenge” Jevgenijs Kostigovs, the finalist of this year’s Junior World Championship Daniils Kolodinskis and the 2021 European Junior Champion, the rising star of the Latvian speedway Francis Gusts.
Both semi-finals of the “Speedway of Nations” championship will be held in “Lokomotīve” Stadium, 54 Jelgavas Street, Daugavpils. Tickets can be purchased at the website www.bilesuserviss.lv.
“Optibet Lokomotīve Daugavpils” Speedway Club, www.lokomotive.lv