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HOLDER: FROM HOLIDAYMAKER TO HERO

Aussie star Jack Holder admits it is a “pretty good feeling” to have gone from Torun tourist to the club’s No.1 rider.

30 / 04 / 2021, 10:00

Aussie star Jack Holder admits it is a “pretty good feeling” to have gone from Torun tourist to the club’s No.1 rider.

Holder used to visit the iconic speedway city on holiday in the days when his older brother Chris and Darcy Ward emerged as icons at the Marian Rose Motoarena.

Chris remains a leading performer in the side, but it was his younger brother who topped the Polish First Division average charts on 2.625 points per race in 2020, as well as starring for Gorzow as a guest in the PGE Ekstraliga.

I have been going to Torun for a long time and not necessarily for racing – I was watching my brother when I was younger. Being one of the heat leaders in that team is a pretty good feeling.

Jack Holder

Jack made his first full FIM Speedway Grand Prix appearances as a wild card in Torun last October and looks set to be a huge candidate for a permanent World Championship place in the coming years.

Holder is delighted with his progress and is pleased to be mixing it with the world’s elite after years of watching them in Torun.

“It’s amazing really,” he said. “I have been going to Torun for a long time and not necessarily for racing – I was watching my brother when I was younger. Being one of the heat leaders in that team is a pretty good feeling.”

Holder started his 2021 season with two 10 paid 12-point hauls for Torun at home to Zielona Gora and away to highly-fancied Wroclaw. He then stepped it up a gear with 14 points away to champions Leszno last weekend.

If anyone wrote off his 2020 heroics as a one-off, it appears they were mistaken. “I’ve proved them all wrong!” Jack smiled. “No, I’ve got some good equipment underneath me and everything is going well at the moment. I just have to keep banging the points in and show people what I’ve got.

“It has been really good considering we didn’t really have much practice because we were locked down. Everything is going sweet at the moment, so I can’t complain.”

Holder insists his Torun team hasn’t returned to the PGE Ekstraliga just to make up the numbers. “We have a good team all-round,” he said. “If everyone does their bit, there is no reason why we can’t make the play-offs.

“We started off with a win at home to Zielona Gora, which was really good. We then lost to one of the stronger teams in Wroclaw, but we didn’t lose by much. Everything is going well. As long as everyone does their part, we should be sweet.”

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