GARY HAVELOCK : Eaglescliffe, County Durham.
POOLE PIRATE 1998 – 2002

Switched from Eastbourne to Poole in 1998 as a late season replacement for the out of form Lars Gunnestad and immediately showed the form that made him a World Champion, scoring 94 points from his eight matches in the Poole colours.

Was retained by the management as club captain for the following season and inspired a rejuvenated Pirates side to finish runners-up after a season long battle for the championship that went down to the wire. An ever present throughout the campaign he produced some match winning rides, finishing the season with a healthy 8.56 average.

He continued his love affair with the club during the millennium year, but a downturn in form saw his average slip to under eight points per match. However he still managed to win important races, with his notorious white line moves becoming legendary with the Poole fans.

His consistent scoring returned in 2001, helping the team to mount a strong challenge for the league honours. Once again the Pirates finished in second spot, but Havelock’s leadership skills helped them overcome the disappointment to win the BSPA Craven Shield for the first time. His on-track renaissance was rewarded with a recall to the international stage where he captained the Team GB side in the Speedway World Cup tournament in Poland.

The following season saw him show some sensational early season form before a string of mechanical problems saw his average drop by one and a half points. With the niggling engine issues eventually resolved, he was almost back to his best when he crashed during the home match with King’s Lynn at the end of August and sustained a broken arm.

This brought the curtain down on his season, and his time with the Dorset club. With the club management completely restructuring their side for the following season there was to be no place for him in the line-up and he moved on to pastures new at Peterborough.

Made 135 League and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 1186 points.
Was inducted into the Poole Speedway Hall of Fame in 2014