Dmitry Khomitsevich

2016 FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion

Born on 18 October 1985 in Kamensk-Uralskii, Russia

DMITRY STRIKES GOLD AT LAST

Dmitry Khomitsevich achieved a lifelong ambition in the 2016 FIM Ice Speedway World Championship, clinching the gold medal after taking bronze for five of the past six seasons. Finally stepping out of the shadow of his brother Vitaly, who won the title back in 2013, Khomitsevich overcame his compatriot and defending champion Dmitry Koltakov to snatch the title in a dramatic final round at Inzell in Germany.

Victories during the ten-round season for Khomitsevich at Krasnogorsk, Berlin and a famous double at Assen meant that he went into the two-round showdown on equal points with the consistent Koltakov. Khomitsevich edged ahead by two points in qualifying races on day one but a jump-start in the final gave Koltakov the opportunity to draw level again going into day two. The final day of the season was a disaster for Koltakov, who lost his first race to Daniil Ivanov and dropped a further point in a crucial Heat 19 clash to Khomitsevich, who now needed just a single point in the final to clinch the title. This time he held his nerve at the start and held off the challenge of Ivanov to take third place and strike championship gold at last.

PALMARES

World title - 2016
2 Ice Racing Team titles – 2015, 2016