HOLDER'S IDEAL BREAK
Jack Holder admits a year away at Somerset was the perfect way to escape the shadow of Turbo Twins Chris Holder and Darcy Ward at Poole.
21 / 03 / 2019, 11:21
Aussie star Jack Holder admits a year away at Somerset was the perfect way to escape the shadow of Turbo Twins Chris Holder and Darcy Ward at Poole.
Former world champion Holder and fellow Pirates legend Ward are still revered at Wimborne Road after helping the club to a decade of dominance with their all-action style and telepathic team riding.
With Chris’ younger brother Jack and his good friend Brady Kurtz teaming up for the Pirates in 2017, some instantly hoped the Turbo Twins magic would be rekindled with a new dream team.
After having all the Turbo Twins stuff with people saying me and Brady would be the next Chris and Darcy, it was good to get away from Poole and do my own thing at Somerset with Jason Doyle.
Both are well on their way to being international stars, with Kurtz helping both Poole and Leszno to league title wins last year and Holder starring for Somerset as they won the Knock Out Cup and reached the SGB Premiership semis.
Jack admits that year at Highbridge was the ideal break from the expectation that came with following his brother and Ward into the Poole spotlight, and now he can’t wait to return as Pirates No.1.
He said: “After having all the Turbo Twins stuff with people saying me and Brady would be the next Chris and Darcy, it was good to get away from Poole and do my own thing at Somerset with Jason Doyle.
“It was a bit of a shame the Rebels went back down to the Championship, but I’m back at Poole and that’s where I am staying. That’ll be good and I am No.1 there now. I have big boots to fill but I am sure I can do it.”
Holder believes a solid Pirates septet also featuring Kurtz, Josh Grajczonek, Nicolai Klindt, Richie Worrall, Nicolas Covatti and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen can thrive in the race to retain their title. And he is ready to battle for the Poole No.1 race jacket.
He said: “Hopefully I can keep the No.1 spot all year. I am always up for a challenge. I was the second heat leader at Somerset with Doyley at No.1.
“It’s pretty cool to be the No.1 in the team, but it’s just a number on your back. BK is there as well and Josh Grajczonek. We have a pretty good team. It’s probably not the strongest team, but it isn’t all about that. It’s about having fun, and if we have a good team bond and vibe, we should get the points on the board and get some wins.
“We have all different kinds of riders who are good at all different kinds of tracks. Hopefully we can get to the play-offs at the end of the year.
“It’s going to be big pressure being the reigning champions, but I think we can retain the title. The league is probably not as strong now. We’ll just take each meeting as it comes and hopefully we have a good year. We’ll see how we go at the end.”