Danny sets his sights on World Cup success

Danny King leading the way while riding for Ipswich against Peterborough earlier this season. Pictur

Danny King leading the way while riding for Ipswich against Peterborough earlier this season. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Huntingdon man Danny King is ready to take on the world next week.

The local racer has been named in the final four-man Great Britain team for Event Two of the Speedway World Cup when they take on Australia, America and Latvia at the Adrian Flux Arena in King’s Lynn on Monday night.

Only the winning team is guaranteed to advance to the final at Vojens in Denmark five days later with the sides finishing second and third going into a race-off against the nations occupying those positions in Event One.

And King is determined to play his part in a repeat of 2014 when he helped Great Britain to victory on their home shale before they finished last in the final in Poland.

King said: “I’m delighted to have made it into the team and I couldn’t be happier with my form going into the World Cup.

“It has been a good year so far in my league racing and hopefully things will continue to go well at King’s Lynn with me on Monday.

“It is massively exciting for any sportsman to represent his country and I can’t wait to do it again next week, but at the same time you can’t afford to get too wrapped up in the occasion.

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“I will just try to treat it like any other meeting, hopefully make a few good starts and score plenty of points.

“We showed last year that we are capable of winning on our home shale and reaching the final, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that again.

“Then we can hopefully put on a bit better show in the final than we managed last year.

“I think the fact it is in Denmark, rather than Poland, this year will really help us.

“You need so much horsepower to get round those big Polish tracks, but Vojens is much more like the sort of track you tend to find in the UK.”

The annual World Cup gets underway on Saturday when Event One takes place in Poland. It pits the host nation up against Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Denmark are seeded straight into the final by virtue of being hosts and another Huntingdon resident, Kenneth Bjerre, features in their team.