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PREMIERSHIP | JACK AT NO.1 FOR POOLE AS CHRIS MISSES OUT

Aussie racer Jack Holder has been named as Poole No.1 as club owner Matt Ford admitted his older brother Chris is still ruled out for 2019.

12 / 12 / 2018, 21:50

Aussie racer Jack Holder has been named as Poole No.1 as club owner Matt Ford admitted his older brother Chris is still ruled out for 2019.

Jack makes his return after impressing on loan at Somerset last season, where he recorded a 7.39 average.

Ford says he would have loved to bring 2012 world champion Chris back to British speedway. But the Pirates chief revealed the visa issues which prevented him racing full-time in the UK this year are still a stumbling block.

I still believe Chris has a future with the club and I know he wants it as much as I do, but there are still issues off track that need to be resolved.

Matt Ford

He said: “The Holder name is synonymous with Poole Speedway, like so many others in the past, and to not have one of the boys in the team last year for the first time in more than a decade was hugely disappointing.

“But Jack was always in my plans to bring back in 2019 and it makes perfect sense for him to be back with his parent club as our No.1.

“Chris certainly feels Jack is ready to take on the No.1 spot as he did so brilliantly for so many years.

“It would have been nice to line up with both brothers, but sadly at the start of the 2019 season that won’t be possible.

“I still believe Chris has a future with the club and I know he wants it as much as I do, but there are still issues off track that need to be resolved.”

Jack joins good friend Brady Kurtz and reserve Nicolas Covatti in Pirates’ confirmed line-up so far.

The two Aussies saw their 2018 campaign end when Kurtz ran into Holder in Poole’s dramatic play-off semi-final, second leg win over Somerset at Wimborne Road.

Kurtz was left with a broken collarbone and Holder sustained damage to his rotator cuff.

So Ford hopes the two compatriots will fare better when they join forces again next term, especially with Holder enjoying a year alongside 2017 world champion Jason Doyle for the Rebels.

He added: “Jack improved hugely last season and took a real stride forwards in terms of his ability. I think going out on loan was a good move for him last season at that stage of his career and working with Jason Doyle has definitely helped him.

“Last time Jack and Brady rode against each other they ended up in hospital so while I certainly wouldn’t want that situation again, it does show their competitive edge and I think that can only help us.”

 

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