Agonisingly close for Monarchs ace Kevin Wolbert

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Edinburgh Monarchs’ ace Kevin Wolbert has qualified for the speedway Grand Prix Challenge in Rybnik, Poland, on September 5 after squeezing through from his semi-final round in Latvia on Saturday.

Wolbert, who has been in solid form this season, scored eight points, which included one win to finish eighth – the top seven automatically going through to the final where the top three from September’s Challenge meeting qualify for the 2016 Grand Prix series.

Reaching the Challenge showdown, which in the past has often proved to be one of the most dramatic meetings in the international calendar, would have been a real coup for the German and a deserved reward for his endeavours so far in 2015.

Monarchs team-mate Sam Masters also failed to make it through from his far tougher semi-final in Italy scoring just four points after falling in his first ride.

Former Monarch racer Max Fricke finished on the same total, and while there are two wild cards available for the Rybnik showpiece, it seems unlikely Masters or Fricke will get one of them.

Meanwhile, Wolbert’s fellow countryman and Monarchs team-mate Erik Riss booked his spot in the European Under-21 final in Denmark on August 29, after finishing third on 11 points in his semi-final in France.