Holder hails 'perfect' win
Lead changes hands several times before Holder wins Leszno final
Last Updated: 29/04/12 10:45am
Speedway GP (Leszno) - Final
Australian ace Chris Holder hailed a 'perfect' win after racing to victory in the European Grand Prix at Leszno on Saturday.
In a pulsating final, Polish rider Jarek Hampel got the best start from Gate 1 but compatriot Tomasz Gollob swooped around the outside from Gate 4 to take the lead at the end of the first lap.
Hampel and Gollob then re-took the lead before Gollob went wide coming out of the first turn on lap 4 to allow Holder up the inside.
The Australian, who earned just four points in the opening GP in New Zealand, then pulled away to claim his third GP success.
Perfect result for Holder
Gollob briefly dropped to third place but got up on the line to claim second spot from Hampel, who could at least console himself with the early lead in the world championships after previous leader and current world champion Greg Hancock failed to get past the semi-finals.
"It worked perfect. I just had a good line and didn't panic and chased and chased and I can't believe I just pulled that off."
Chris Holder Quotes of the week
A delighted Holder said on Sky Sports 4HD: "It worked perfect. I just had a good line and didn't panic and chased and chased and I can't believe I just pulled that off.
"New Zealand was not the ideal start and I had a long time to think about it and it's tough.
"And then I came out and ran a last first race (at Leszno) and I hoped this isn't it.
"But we turned it around, my team was awesome and what can I say, it was just perfect and I don't think I could have rode this place any better."
After earning 19 points on the night, Holder is up to fifth in the overall standings on 23 points, behind Hampel on 33, Hancock and Gollob who are tied on 31, and Crump on 24.
British rider Chris 'Bomber' Harris suffered bike problems and two retirements in his heats to earn just three points on the night and now sits 15th in the table, with eight points from the opening two GPs.