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Ward bids to seal top-eight finish in Grand Prix series
PIRATES ace Darcy Ward will tonight be hoping to complete the first leg of a memorable double when he lines up in the Torun Grand Prix.
Poole's stand-in skipper is within touching distance of a crucial top-eight finish as the series reaches its conclusion on his home track in Poland.
Ward's 15-point haul in the Scandinavian GP in Stockholm last month saw him take up the eighth and final automatic qualification place for the 2014 World Championship.
The Queenslander has 93 points heading into the finale and is in the box seat as Torun team-mate Tomasz Gollob and Pirates side-kick Chris Holder are both ruled out due to injury.
Only Freddie Lindgren on 81 and Krzysztof Kasprzak on 80 have a slim chance of overhauling Ward who has pulled out all the stops since missing the first three rounds and failing to score in the Swedish GP.
Frontrunner Tai Woffinden needs just six points to take the title and will ride through the pain of a fractured collarbone in his bid to become Britain's first world champion since Mark Loram in 2000.
Ward will return to England on Monday when he will turn his attentions to trying to help Pirates establish a lead against Birmingham in the first leg of the Elite League grand final at Wimborne Road (7.30pm).
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