Swiderski leads charge for Witches

PIOTR Swiderski was Ipswich's star as they made it three away wins inside a week to leapfrog Poole into second place in the Elite League last night.The Pole stormed to three race wins and a trio of second places on his way to a scintillating match-clinching 15 paid 17 return at Wimborne Road.

PIOTR Swiderski was Ipswich's star as they made it three away wins inside a week to leapfrog Poole into second place in the Elite League last night.

The Pole stormed to three race wins and a trio of second places on his way to a scintillating match-clinching 15 paid 17 return at Wimborne Road.

Witches had gone into this clash buoyed by successes at Eastbourne and Wolves and a draw at Swindon earlier in the season.

And, with Swiderski leading their charge, they had sewn up an astonishing victory with one race to go in Dorset.


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Poetically, it was the Pole, riding at reserve, whom took the chequered flag in heat 14 ahead of Magnus Zetterstrom and Adam Skornicki to ensure a notable Witches success.

Blocked off by Skornicki on the first bend, Swiderski re-grouped down the back straight to zoom past his fellow Pole and then picked off Zetterstrom on the finish straight first time round.

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That propelled Ipswich into an unassailable 45-39 lead.

Chris Harris - guesting for injured Chris Louis - and Jarek Hampel put the icing on the cake with a comfortable 5-1 over startled Davey Watt and Krzysztof Kasprzak in the final race.

Earlier, fast-gating Witches had stormed into a fully deserved 22-14 lead after their riders had taken the chequered flag four times in the opening six races.

Poole dug deep to level at 30-30.

But the loss of Chris Holder, who pulled out with a back injury after two rides and five points, proved too big a handicap for Pirates.

It left Tobias Kroner and Swiderski's majestic 5-1 over Skornicki in heat 12 to restore their advantage.

Harris and Hampel's race 13 4-2 put Witches six clear before Swiderski tied up victory in the penultimate heat and propelled Ipswich only one point behind table-topping Swindon.

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