PETERBOROUGH and Plymouth racer Michael Palm Toft took a dramatic victory in front of a packed crowd at Belle Vue’s Peter Craven Memorial Trophy. Danish star Palm Toft was a late call-up to the meeting with the Aces’ German signing Norick Blodorn unavailable, and his eleven points in the qualifying races took him straight to the six-man Final.
Meeting leader Matej Zagar (12) appeared set to battle it out for the win with GB captain Tai Woffinden – but Palm Toft took advantage midway through the race to charge through on the inside. Zagar and Woffinden completed the rostrum places with Brady Kurtz, Niels-Kristian-Iversen and Max Fricke also reaching the Final.
Palm Toft said: “There are some big names on this trophy and to win isn’t something I expected, but it feels amazing to say that I have. “I don’t go into any meeting without wanting to win and when I got the call, I wasn’t coming in just to make up the numbers. “I knew I’d have to make every race count in a field like this and I think it paid off in the best way, and I’m delighted to start my season off on a high.
“It’s not quite sunk in yet. It is a very prestigious meeting and there are riders who’ve won this trophy who’ve gone on to do great things. It’s a very special feeling and I’m delighted I had the chance to be a part of it.”
THURSDAY MARCH 24:
TODD KURTZ TESTIMONIAL: Sheffield 7.30
FRIDAY MARCH 25:
TYNE/TEES TROPHY 1st leg: Redcar v Newcastle 7.30
SATURDAY MARCH 26:
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP 1st round 1st leg: Leicester v Birmingham 7pm
SUNDAY MARCH 27:
BEN FUND BONANZA: Peterborough 2pm