Ricko's the man they have to beat

CAN anyone prevent Tony Rickardsson taking his sixth world speedway crown?The 32-year-old Ipswich Evening Star Witches asset got off to a flying start when he won the European Grand Prix in Chorzow a fortnight ago.

By Elvin King

CAN anyone prevent Tony Rickardsson taking his sixth world speedway crown?

The 32-year-old Ipswich Evening Star Witches asset got off to a flying start when he won the European Grand Prix in Chorzow a fortnight ago.

And he is a strong favourite to win the Swedish GP on his home Marsarna track in Avesta tonight.


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The fast-gating Swede looked streets ahead of many competitors in Poland, not looking troubled in most of his races. Another win tonight and Rickardsson will have gone a long way to cementing his third consecutive title in this nine-series event.

Ipswich have Scott Nicholls looking to finish high enough so that he starts the British Grand Prix in Cardiff on June 14 in the main event.

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"That is the least of my ambitions," he said. "But whatever happens I will not be fighting myself over it. I don't want to wind myself up and spoil my domestic scores."

Nicholls scored six points in Chorzow after drawing a dreadful gate three on two successive occasions. There should be no such unfair starting problems at a track where Nicholls rode last season.

Andreas Jonsson hopes to return after a collarbone injury, while Ryan Sullivan has to shake off the effects of a nasty spill at Peterborough on Monday.

Former world champion Mark Loram misses out again with a broken arm, so Ronnie Pedersen takes his place.

Tonight's line-up -

Heat 1: G Hancock, B Brhel, T Bajerski, M Zetterstrom.

Heat 2: K Cegielski, R Pedersen, H Andersen, P Karlsson.

Heat 3: M Max, S Nicholls, T Wiltshire, A Jonsson.

Heat 4: L Richardson, R Sullivan, B Pedersen, J Lyons.

Seeded to heat 9: T Rickardsson, T Gollob, R Holta, L Adams.

Seeded to heat 10: N Pedersen, L Dryml, P Protasiewicz, J Crump.

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