On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the final of the FIM Speedway Under 21 World Championships where Piotr Pawlicki Jr. from Poland was crowned World Champion.
Speedway fans are predominantly older than say a football crowd and you can tell they are passionate about the sport and well used to visiting events, as evidenced by the heavily worn cushions and packed lunches on display throughout the grandstand. And of course no trip to a speedway final would be complete without a race programme and ink filled pen ready to keep track of the winning riders and teams.
Compared with my first visit it was a completely different atmosphere with a much larger crowd and commercial presence. I went with my friends who had come into some free tickets earlier that morning. I wanted to take different photos than the ones I took the first time I came to a speedway race and decided I’d focus on the crowd and look for interesting faces among the spectators.