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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RONNIE GENZ – Pirate of the Past

West Ham-born Ronnie had three successful years as a Pirate while he was at the height of his powers. Allocated to Poole by the Rider Control Board on the formation of the British League in 1965, he quickly showed his liking for the Wimborne Road circuit by marking his home debut with a four-ride full maximum against Exeter in the Easter Trophy. He followed that up by repeating the feat in his first home league match, and dropped only two points in the first six league encounters at Poole. Usually at the head of the score chart in away meetings too, his form was rewarded in May when he was selected to captain the England team against Scotland in Edinburgh. Enjoying one of the best years of his career, Genz finished with an average of 9.45, and was the first Pirate to appear in the British Final while also representing the club in the first ever British League Riders championship. He spent two more seasons in the Pirates colours before rejoining Oxford, scoring 950 league and cup points at an average of 8.75..