The History of Poole Speedway

The story of dirt track racing at the Wimborne Road raceway from its inauguration to the present day.

 

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  • 28 February 2018  POOLE TRACK RELAID FOR 2018

    28 February 2018 POOLE TRACK RELAID FOR 2018

    FORMER Leicester team manager Glyn Taylor has been digging up Pirates’ track – and is hoping falling temperatures during the current freezing spell do not scupper his hard graft. The […]

     
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  • 22 February 2018 FORD HOPING THAT HERBY WILL RACE AGAIN AT POOLE

    22 February 2018 FORD HOPING THAT HERBY WILL RACE AGAIN AT POOLE

    PIRATES boss Matt Ford is hopeful of completing a second swoop for American legend Greg ‘Herby’ Hancock for a one -off appearance at Wimborne Road. Quadruple world champion Hancock helped […]

     
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  • 21 February 2018  IS THIS THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY?

    21 February 2018 IS THIS THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY?

    Poole Pirates boss Matt Ford admitted he still rued the title that got away, after Neil Middleditch convinced him not to sign Nicki Pedersen. Ford had been close to sealing […]

     
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  • 01 February 2018  SHANES IN SEVENTH HEAVEN

    01 February 2018 SHANES IN SEVENTH HEAVEN

    POOLE Pirates have completed their platinum season line-up with the signing of Dorset racer James Shanes. The 20-year-old joins Kacper Woryna, Mat Szczepaniak, Chris Holder, Josh Grajczonek, Linus Sundstrom and […]

     
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GRZEGORZ WALASEK – Pirate of the Past

Polish international star who joined Poole a few weeks from the end of the 2000 season and did enough to earn a recall for the following year. A stylish racer, he proved an enigma, starting his second term with a bang, then quickly losing his form before turning his season around with a series of good scores during the summer. Finished the season on a high, helping the Pirates to win the BSPA Craven Shield and finish Elite League runners-up. His 2002 season was wrecked by injury, sustaining a broken ankle in April which sidelined him until the end of May. Showed he was still capable of scoring big points on his track comeback, but then suffered a career threatening thigh injury which brought his season to an early end. By now a seasoned star of the Grand Prix series and a member of Poland’s 2005 World Cup winning squad, Greg was back in the Poole colours for 2006 and enjoyed an injury free campaign, improving his league average by over a point and a half. He finished the year in some style helping the Pirates to win a third BSPA Craven Shield. Sadly this was to be his last season in this country, preferring just to race in Sweden and Poland, which was a great loss to both Poole and his many fans.