THE brilliance of Kacper Woryna helped Pirates knock Somerset off the SGB Premiership summit with a 48-42 win at Wimborne Road.

Polish reserve Woryna roared to 15 paid 17 – which included a heat 15 victory – and celebrated by saluting fans as he crossed the line.

The 21-year-old returned to the home straight to perform a few on-track doughnuts and a one-footed wheelie.

With a trip to Swindon to come tonight, victory against a depleted Rebels side was secured after the previously-unbeaten Jason Doyle retired hurt in heat 15.

Pirates welcomed back Danish racers Nicolai Klindt and Frederik Jakobsen and there were several switches for Somerset.

Tero Aarnio and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen guested at reserve in the absence of injured duo Jake Allen and Bradley Wilson-Dean, while rider replacement was operated for the ill Richard Lawson.

World champion Doyle was the tapes-to-flag winner of heat one despite pressure from opposite number Brady Kurtz, who had made a decent start off gate four.

Busk Jakobsen bumped into team-mate Aarnio on turn two of the reserves’ race and still nearly managed to overhaul Jakobsen for second, Poole clinging on for a 5-1.

A tapes offence saw Klindt replaced by Woryna next and the Pole duly shot out of the traps for his second straight win.

Pirates were on for a 4-2 in heat four until Busk Jakobsen profited from leader Chris Harris hitting a rut and running wide, ensuring a shared heat and a 14-10 scoreline in favour of the hosts.

Somerset levelled matters with Doyle and Aaron Summers charging to a maximum from the tapes, never threatened by Richie Worrall and Klindt.

Jack Holder held off the attentions of Kurtz in heat six – just about – but Woryna and Harris restored the Poole lead with a dominant 5-1.

Summers and Busk Jakobsen fell in heat eight and a restart was ordered but Jakobsen and Grajczonek made no mistake with a controlled maximum.

While Doyle reeled off a third straight win, Holder dropped out of the reckoning after drifting wide on turn three, helping Poole preserve their six-point advantage.

Kurtz got his own back on Holder by rounding his compatriot for third place in heat 10, turning a 3-3 into a 4-2. Grajczonek beat Nico Covatti for top spot after the latter got away with seemingly jumping the start.

Doyle scorched to his easiest victory of the lot in heat 11 but crucially, for the third time in four of the Australian’s outings, Poole denied the Rebels a heat advantage.

Somerset reduced to four points the Pirates lead when Aarnio and Covatti steamed to the visitors’ second 5-1, setting up a grandstand finish.

Kurtz got out of shape in the early stages of heat 13 which allowed Doyle and Holder to hit the front to gain an advantage they never relinquished.

Pirates desperately needed a heat advantage and they got it when Klindt and Woryna flew away from the tapes and secured a maximum.

And after Doyle pulled up on turn two of the final showdown, Woryna went on to seal his fourth win.

Eastbourne’s Tom Brennan will stand in for reserve Jack Smith when Pirates travel to Swindon.


Pirates 48: 1 Brady Kurtz (2-2-1-0) 5, 2 Josh Grajczonek (1*-0-2*-3-1) 7+2, 3 Richie Worrall (0-1-2-0) 3, 4 Nicolai Klindt (t-0-1*-3) 4+1, 5 Chris Harris (2-2*-2-1) 7+1, 6 Kacper Woryna (3-3-3-1*-2*-3) 15+2, 7 Frederik Jakobsen (2*-1*-3-1) 7+2.

Somerset 42: 1 Jason Doyle (3-3-3-3-3-r) 15, 2 Aaron Summers (0-2*-0) 2+1, 3 Nico Covatti (1*-0-2-2*-1) 6+2, 4 Richard Lawson r/r, 5 Jack Holder (0-3-0-0-2*-2) 7+1, 6 Tero Aarnio, guest (0-2-1-3-0fr) 6, 7 Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, guest (1-3-1-1-0-0) 6.

HT 1: Doyle, Kurtz, Grajczonek, Summers, 60.72 (3-3)

HT 2: Woryna, Jakobsen, Busk Jakobsen, Aarnio, 61.03 (8-4)

HT 3 (re-run): Woryna, Aarnio, Covatti, Worrall, Klindt (tapes/replaced), 60.75 (11-7)

HT 4: Busk Jakobsen, Harris, Jakobsen, Holder, 60.44 (14-10)

HT 5: Doyle, Summers, Worrall, Klindt, 60.47 (15-15)

HT 6: Holder, Kurtz, Aarnio, Grajczonek, 61.06 (17-19)

HT 7: Woryna, Harris, Busk Jakobsen, Covatti, 61.07 (22-20)

HT 8 (re-run): Jakobsen, Grajczonek, Busk Jakobsen, Summers, 61.69 (27-21)

HT 9: Doyle (tac), Worrall, Klindt, Holder, 61.12 (30.24)

HT 10: Grajczonek, Covatti, Kurtz, Holder, 61.09 (34-26)

HT 11: Doyle, Harris, Woryna, Busk Jakobsen, 60.62 (37-29)

HT 12: Aarnio, Covatti, Jakobsen, Worrall, 61.44 (38-34)

HT 13: Doyle, Holder, Harris, Kurtz, 61.53 (39-39)

HT 14: Klindt, Woryna, Covatti, Aarnio (fell/rem), 61.60 (44-40)

HT 15 (re-run): Woryna, Holder, Grajczonek, Doyle (retired), 61.21 (48-42)


KACPER Woryna has enjoyed his meetings at reserve around Wimborne Road this season – and the visit of Somerset proved no exception.

The 21-year-old was making stunning starts and that contributed strongly to him reeling off three heat wins to kick off his meeting.

Polish star Woryna deserved his place in heat 15, where the pressure was on.

But the Rybnik-born ace kept his cool as Jack Holder tried vainly to force his way past.