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THOMSEN: HOLDER'S GORZOW IMPACT

Anders Thomsen says Jack Holder’s arrival transformed Gorzow’s 2020 season, admitting “without him, I’m not sure we would have made second."

05 / 01 / 2021, 11:17

Danish star Anders Thomsen says Aussie ace Jack Holder’s arrival transformed Gorzow’s 2020 season, admitting “without him, I’m not sure we would have made second position.”

The men in yellow and blue found themselves bottom of the PGE Ekstraliga table in July and facing a fight to stay in Poland’s top flight.

World champion Bartosz Zmarzlik, Thomsen and Polish star Szymon Wozniak all roared into red-hot form in the latter half of the season to lead their side up to second place, before they reached the play-off final, losing out to Leszno.

Jack had an amazing season and was in really good form. We could call him the joker because without him, I’m not sure we would have made second position.

Anders Thomsen

But Holder’s arrival as a guest played a pivotal role in the club’s progress as he was drafted in to cover for the injured Niels-Kristian Iversen and struggling Krzysztof Kasprzak.

The Torun man finished 11th in the 2020 average charts on 2.052, earning the Torun SGP wild card in year he put himself among the sport’s big-hitters.

Thomsen certainly appreciated his impact at Gorzow. He said: “He made a big difference. He put pressure on the other riders, who weren’t performing as well.

“Jack had an amazing season and was in really good form. We could call him the joker because without him, I’m not sure we would have made second position.”

Thomsen admitted staying calm was crucial as the club overcame a nightmare start to 2020, which even saw them lose the use of their Edward Jancarz Stadium home for a month due to a freak electrical fire.

“We started out really, really badly,” Thomsen said. “We were absolutely last in the table and I think there was a lot of pressure on us with a new boss at the club. But we calmed down, relaxed and took it easy.

“After that, everything turned around and we started winning. In the end, we ended up second in the Polish league, so that was not so bad.”

Thomsen insists Gorzow can be content with PGE Ekstraliga silver as Leszno roared to a fourth straight title.

Thomsen said: “When we got into the final, we knew we just needed to put in a good performance. We know how good Leszno are at home. Of course we beat them at our home track, but Leszno is a strange track. If you know it pretty well, you are so fast around there.

“We were really, really happy with the silver medal. It was nearly the same as winning the gold.”

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