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Adam Skornicki

Born: 22 October 1976, Wolsztyn, Poland.
Starting Average: 6.58.

Career Details
Adam started riding in 1993 for Unia Leszno in Poland and was fairly successful at junior level, winning two gold medals in the Polish Under 21 Pairs Championships, and two bronze medals in the Under 21 Team Championships. From 1993 to 1999, he learnt his trade at Unia Leszno, a track that at 342 metres is exactly the same length as Kings Lynn. Compare this to Monmore Green’s 264 metres and it may sound huge, but is considered a small track in Poland!

1996 was Adam’s real breakthrough year with Leszno. Riding in the Polish 2nd Division, he started the season at reserve, but a succession of good scores saw him move up into the main body of the team by June. His team dominated the 2nd Division, gaining promotion in August. By the end of the season he had progressed from reserve to 9th place in the 2nd Division averages with an average of 9.70 from 19 matches.

In 1997, Leszno took their place in the 1st Division, and finished 5th of 10. Adam established himself in the top division, and had a consistent season, finishing 32nd in the league averages with a final figure of 6.72. Surprisingly, he seemed to save his best performances for away tracks. The highlight of Adam’s league season was the match at Pila on 1st June. With the scores level at 42-42, Adam secured a draw for Leszno with an excellent win in the last heat decider against home riders Rafal Dobrucki and someone by the name of Hans Nielsen! Must have been quite a ride…

In 1998, Unia Leszno continued to make progress, and moved up to finish 3rd in the league and qualify for the end of season playoffs. Adam was by now holding down the third heat leader position in the team behind Leigh Adams and Roman Jankowski. He was an ever present for the team, and reached double figures on a more regular basis, in eight of his twenty-two matches. His final average of 6.99 placed him 31st in the First Division averages, and it could have been higher but for a couple of below par performances, both against champions Bydgoszcz. No coincidence this, when you consider that the champions boasted a team headed by the Gollob brothers (1st and 6th in the final league averages), Henka Gustafsson and Piotr Protasiewicz. It was around this time that his impressive form and flamboyant style caught the eye of Wolves promoter Chris Van Straaten, and Adam was invited for after the meeting rides at Monmore Green.

1999 – On the face of it, something of a “standstill” season for Adam. Leszno added a second import to their squad in Jason Lyons, but crucial home losses to Pila in April and to champions Bydgoszcz in May saw them drop to 5th in the final league table. Adam again rode in every match, and edged a little further up the league averages, finishing 28th with 7.16. Indeed he showed remarkable consistency in his league performances, his best being 13 points from 5 rides (on three separate occasions), and his lowest score was paid 6. He was invited to ride in the Olympique in October 1999, where he made an immediate impression, taking an instant liking to the tight turns of Monmore Green. From the moment he won a thrilling race against Sam Ermolenko earning a terrific reception from the home fans, his Wolves team place seemed assured!

2000 was an excellent debut season for Wolves. With his thrilling riding style, colourful leathers and flamboyant personality, Adam quickly became a big favourite on the Monmore terraces, and his unique donut celebrations after race wins became a familiar sight. He started the season at reserve but his form was such that he soon moved up into the team, and took some notable scalps around Monmore, delighting Van Straaten who seemed to have discovered another great Wolves “find”.

However, things quickly turned sour for Wolves and Adam in 2001. He changed clubs in Poland, and his new team expected him to spend more time in Poland rather than Britain… and his Wolves form suffered accordingly. The Wolves management were unhappy with this, and also thought that Adam’s machinery could have been better. After a poor start which included an uncharacteristic zero from three rides at home to Coventry, they made it clear that his team place was under threat. As it turned out, Adam suffered a broken hand at the end of April, which kept him out of the team for two months. When he returned at the end of June, Adam showed glimpses of his true form but was still frustratingly inconsistent. By the end of the year, he had at least pushed his average back up to the 2000 level.

With the team suffering five poor seasons in succession, CVS and Peter Adams were determined to make changes in 2002, and it was no great surprise when Adam was left out. When the team made such a strong start, fans began to wonder whether Adam’s Wolves career might be over. However, Daniel Nermark’s broke his thigh at Oxford on 19th June, and Adam got another chance – as so often seems to happen in speedway, one rider’s misfortune is another’s gain. This time, he was determined to grasp his chance with both hands. Coming into the side at reserve, Adam’s form was sensational from the start. Double figure returns, particularly at Monmore were the norm as the team pushed on towards the title. But on 1st September, misfortune struck again, as Adam suffered a broken collarbone and dislocated shoulder in a crash in a Polish league match. With the playoffs approaching, Adam’s season appeared to be over – a huge blow for the club. However, after intensive treatment from Ipswich based specialist Brian Simpson, Adam amazingly returned to the side just seventeen days later for the playoff battle with Coventry. Though he was clearly far from fit, Adam scored a crucial paid seven from three rides to help his club reach the final against Eastbourne. Riding at the crucial number four position in the side, he scored six at Monmore, and paid seven at Arlington – a vital return as the club won the title in the most thrilling of finishes to the season.

For 2003, Adam has moved his young family to Britain to live locally – another demonstration of his commitment to the club. With his thrilling style, flowing blond locks and colourful personality, Adam remains a firm favourite with the Monmore crowd, who just love those donuts! He will again play a vital role for the Wolves this coming season, where it is hoped that he can push hard for the 3rd heat leader position with David Howe and Sam Ermolenko.

Adam Skornicki

 M

 R

  P

BP

  T

Ave

F

P

2000

Wolves

D1

37

165

200

39

239

5.79

0

0

2001

Wolves

D1

25

103

120

27

147

5.71

0

0

2002

Wolves

D1

18

82

130

20

150

7.32

0

0

Career Total

80

350

450

86

536

6.11

0

0

Mark Rowe

EXTRA
Join the Adam Skornicki Fan Club 'Sqora Racing'. Membership costs just 3.50 for which you will receive an action photo, 3 newsletters, Rider Profile, Birthday & Christmas cards and a chance to purchase exclusive souvenirs (New T-shirts are now available). If you are interested in joining Sqora Racing please send a cheque for 3.50 (payable to 'Sqora Racing') with your Name, Address and Date of Birth to:- Sqora Racing, 78 Arps Road, Codsall, Wolverhampton, WV8 1SQ.

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Acknowledgements:
Many photographs on this site are copyright/courtesy of John Hipkiss - Wolverhampton Track Photographer.
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