Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Day I Might Ride for the Bears Says Polish Star; SPEEDWAY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Day I Might Ride for the Bears Says Polish Star; SPEEDWAY

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Byline: Keith McGhie sport@eveninggazette.co.uk

WOLVERHAMPTON'S Polish star Adam Skornicki won the South Tees Silver Helmet then revealed how, if he ever opted to race in the Premier League, Redcar Bears would be high on his list of preferences.

Skornicki, the only full-time Elite League rider in the field, amassed 15 points from four qualifying heats, a semi-final and a final, to tie with Berwick's Kozza Smith but the 36-year old from Wolsztyn was declared the winner on 'countback', having taken the chequered flag once more than his Australian rival.

The Ecco Finishing Bears' skipper Aaron Summers was third on 13, having briefly led the final before being passed by both Skornicki and Smith, who in turn then engaged in a thrilling tussle which ended in favour of the Pole by just a bike's length.

Skornicki, whose last appearance at the South Tees Motorsports Park was the Dan Giffard Farewell meeting in October 2009, finished third in his opening ride, behind Smith and Redcar's Ulrich Ostergaard, before dropping just one more point - to Summers in the first semi-final - throughout the rest of the meeting.

After receiving the historic Silver Helmet, which was first contested in 1928, Skornicki commented: "In my first race I was still finding out how the track was and came in and made a few changes to the bike.

"After that I think I won four of my five races so I am very happy - I don't remember when I last won so many races in a night? "The track here is very nice - I remember watching the 1990 world final at Bradford and thinking it must be awesome to ride on a banked track like that and Redcar is very similar.

"Even if you don't make the gate you still have a chance to pass.

"You never know what might happen in the future and if I ever dropped to the Premier League I think I would enjoy riding here. …

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