2017 FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion
Born on 6 December 1990 in Kurgan, Russia
RETURN OF KING KOLTAKOV
After surrendering the FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship title by just one-point last season, Dmitry Koltakov was back to his best in 2017 and he regained the crown in fine style.
Last year's champion Dmitry Khomitsevich opened his defence in Togliatti against the usual strong opposition from Russian compatriots and a glut of young Swedish riders leading the resurgence of the sport in Scandinavia. In the end he conceded just a single point to Koltakov after two days of racing in temperatures as low as minus 17 degrees, which made the ice brittle and track conditions testing.
One week later Shadrinsk in the Kurgan Region of Russia welcomed the series to the Torpedo Stadium for the first time with even lower temperatures of minus 25 degrees and here it was Igor Kononov who came out on top on both days, moving to within 5 points of the leaders. Then on to Kazakhstan and the highest stadium in the series at Almaty, where weather problems prevented practice and restricted racing on the first day. Again Kononov took charge, winning both events to edge closer to Koltakov.
Kononov's resurgence was short-lived however as the championship moved into Europe and Berlin, where Koltakov dominated to increase his lead to eight points, beating Kononov three times as Khomitsevich slipped further behind.
Finally, the competition visited another new venue, the Thialf Stadium in Heerenveen, Netherlands, which produced exciting racing under cover and a double World Champion in Koltakov, who secured his second title with an unbeaten display over two days until a fall whilst leading the final spoilt his maximum bid.
2 World titles – 2015, 2017
3 Ice Racing Team titles – 2015, 2016, 2017