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Former Swindon Robins star tipped to be a GP star
POOLE chief Matt Ford has tipped former Swindon star Maciej Janowski to shine on the Grand Prix stage - whether he qualifies this year or not.
The 22-year-old Pole will line up at his UK home when the GP Challenge is held at Wimborne Road on August 24, having qualified for the final showdown with a sixth-place finish in his semi-final in Lonigo in June.
Janowski will take on a top class field, include current Robins riders Troy Batchelor and Hans Andersen, for one of the three qualifying spots, and Ford believes the Pole will benefit from a year at Wimborne Road having joined as a full-time rider from Swindon in the winter.
Ford told the Daily Echo: “If the wind sails in the right direction, there is no reason for Maciej not to qualify this year. No one will know the track better than him, he is looking very good at Wimborne Road and there is no doubt he fancies his chances.
“Getting into the tournament is very difficult but if he doesn't manage it this time, he clearly will be a Grand Prix star of the future.
“He lives with me and is an incredibly likeable young man. Maciej is just so easy to get on with and great to be around and I'm really hoping that, in his case, nice guys do win.”
“The Grand Prix holds a very different type of pressure but you only have to look at Darcy Ward before his injury to see how quality riders can hit the ground running.
“Maciej had a wildcard last year and scored eight points so there is no question he can do well on the biggest stage. His attitude towards riding in Britain is to improve himself. The money the guys earn here is nowhere near what they get on the continent but he just wants to get better.
“As things stand, he is very capable of qualifying straight away and, if he does, I believe he will do himself and his country proud at the highest level.”
Birmingham’s Danny King was yesterday named as the British wild card for the meeting.
Tickets have been set at £25 for adults, £20 OAPs, £10 11-15 year olds and £5 five-10 year olds, while it is free admission for under-fives. There will be no advanced ticket sales with an all pay on the day policy. Gates will open from 4pm.
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