Monday March 17, 2014
WOLVERHAMPTON saw the 2014 season get off to an exciting start with club legend Peter Karlsson eventually emerging victorious in the Banks’s Olympique Classic.

A bumper crowd saw the 44 year old Swede roll back the years with a vintage display as he beat World Champion Tai Woffinden to the top spot by just a single point.

Making his first appearance at Wolverhampton since winning the World title, Woffinden put in an excellent display – although he was defeated in fine style by the promising Piotr Pawlicki as the Pole impressed on his Monmore Green debut.

Despite missing out on the top prize, Woffinden was pleased with a positive display – and he heaped praise on Karlsson following his memorable victory.

Said Woffinden: “It was a great night for me – I’m happy with a second place and just looking to push on from here.

“I’ve started the season pretty well which I’m happy with so I’ll just look ahead to the next meeting and hopefully go from strength to strength.

“Fair play to PK – it’s great to see a rider of his age still so enthusiastic about the sport and performing like that. You couldn’t have asked for a better winner tonight and he definitely deserved it."

All-action Dane Peter Kildemand rounded off the top three as he defeated the impressive Scott Nicholls in a run-off for third, whilst brothers Przemyslaw and Piotr Pawlicki plus Polish compatriot Adam Skornicki impressed.

Wolves duo Jacob Thorssell and Ricky Wells both recorded confidence-boosting race wins as they put in promising displays, whilst Ashley Morris and Joe Jacobs both looked encouraging against strong opposition.

Yet the night was all about Karlsson as he fended off a strong field to get his season off to a perfect start.

Peter Karlsson 14, Tai Woffinden 13, Peter Kildemand 11, Scott Nicholls 11, Ricky Wells 10, Przemyslaw Pawlicki 10, Piotr Pawlicki 9, Adam Skornicki 8, Jacob Thorssell 7, Freddie Lindgren 6, Nicolai Klindt 6, Danny King 5, Patrick Hougaard 4, Ashley Morris 3, Ty Proctor 2, Joe Jacobs 1, Tom Perry (reserve) 1.

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