SPEEDWAY: Lucky escape for Huntingdon racer Kenneth Bjerre ahead of World Championship mission

Huntingdon-based speedway rider Kenneth Bjerre. Picture: IAN CHARLES

Huntingdon-based speedway rider Kenneth Bjerre. Picture: IAN CHARLES - Credit: ©2017 Ian Charles

Huntingdon racer Kenneth Bjerre miraculously avoided serious injury after being caught up in a frightening crash last Sunday.

The Danish ace, who has been based in the town for almost a decade, was involved in a three-man spill during a meeting for his Polish club, Tarnow.

Bjerre was leading heat seven of the first division fixture at Pila when hit by opposition rider Tomasz Gapinski. Another Pila rider, Adrian Cyfer, was caught up in the smash.

Bjerre, who has twice broken his femur in the past, admitted: “When the crash happened my first thought was ‘Oh no, not again’.

“It was a nasty one, but luckily I’m okay. I went to hospital to get my leg checked over as it swelled up badly, but thankfully there is nothing broken.

“I’ve pretty bashed up and have had pain in my neck, but it could have been a hell of a lot worse. I’ve seen a video of the crash and it’s one that could easily have ended my season.”

Despite being slammed into the fence and sent cartwheeling down the track, Bjerre completed the re-run of the race and also took his next ride before eventually withdrawing from the rest of the meeting.

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But, after a couple of days of rest, Bjerre be back on a bike tomorrow (Thursday) as he lines up in a World Championship semi-final qualifier in Germany.

He will head to the Olching track in confident mood of gaining the top-seven finish required to advance to the GP Challenge – a meeting which offers World Championship spots to the top three finishers – later in the season.

“Getting back into the Grand Prix series is always my goal and this is the next hurdle I have to overcome,” added Bjerre.

“I’ve not been to Olching before, but I don’t think too many of the other riders will have done many laps there either.”

Bjerre is then the wildcard for the Danish SGP on June 24 before launching his challenge for the Speedway Euro Championship title six days later.

He has also been named in the Denmark squad for the sport’s annual World Cup, which takes place in early July.