Australia came out on top after a nail-biting race off at Prague’s Marketa Stadium where the overall destination of top spot went down to the very last heat.
The Aussies held of the challenge of their rival nations claiming 36 points on the night; five ahead of USA with Latvia scoring 29 and Great Britain bottom of the pile on 28.
Darcy Ward proved to be the inspirational figure for the men from down under as the stand-in Poole skipper dropped just two points on his way to 13 points on the night whilst team mates Jason Doyle and Cameron Woodward scored 8 points a piece with Batchelor totalling 7.
Somewhat surprisingly the biggest challenge to the Aussies on the night was U.S.A who finished just five points shy of Australia’s eventual total of 36. Led by skipper Greg Hancock, the American’s proved their ambitions with Ryan Fisher also clocking a race win; although Gino Manzares will leave disappointed having not scored a point.
Latvia also shocked many with a third place finish courtesy of a leading role from Kjastas Puodzuks who scored 10 points from his five rides whilst Bogdanovs also impressed with 9 – including three-second places.
A poor start for Team GB proved costly as Ben Barker struggled among international competition scoring just 3 points – 2 of which on borrowed machinary – whilst Lewis Bridger may consider himself unfortunate not to score more than four after crashing out of his fourth ride whilst challenging for second. Chris Harris was hindered by mechanical troubles although Tai Woffinden once again proved his reputation with a 14 point haul.
Australia’s win means they make up for their disappointing performance last Saturday in Czestochowa and advance to the final – their third successive World Cup Final appearance. They join Poland, Denmark and the seeded Czech Republic in the final with a start time of 6pm (UK time).