For Ryan Sullivan, the scant consolation of the postponement of last night's Grand Prix of Scandinavia is that he has an extra week to shake off the injuries that have so hampered his brave bid to become Australia's first world speedway champion since 1952.

With a speedway circuit looking more like it was ready to harvest a crop of turnips, Heat 1's 'race', not surprisingly, just wasn't speedway. A poor start from Sullivan, but he pushed hard under Dane Bjarne Pedersen to go from last to third, and when Swede (not turnip) Peter Ljung sailed into the safety fence, second place was suddenly up for grabs. Pole, Piotr Protasiewicz won comfortably, but under the farcical circumstances, second place for Sullivan was fine for the time being.

Could the track improve? It couldn't get any worse. However, in Heat 2 and Heat 3, the riders fared little better. No crashes, but gently two-wheeling it into the corners in the style of a road racer with two flat tyres was plain ugly.

Never before has the emotive issue of the one-off, big stadia tracks thrown itself so firmly into the spotlight. In addition to the 30,000-plus in the Ullevi stadium, the massive live television audience was treated to mind-boggling delays, until finally, the decision was made to protect the safety of the riders by calling a halt to the proceedings.

Torrential rain had caused Friday's practice session to be cancelled, but according to the race organisers, Saturday night's painful postponement was also due to the unsuitable track materials, which simply refused to bind together.

 

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