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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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.