Darcy Ward

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Darcy Ward
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Date of birth (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth    Nanango, Queensland
Website www.darcywardracing.com
Current club information
British league Poole Pirates
Polish league Unibax Torun
Swedish league Piraterna
Career history
Great Britain
King's Lynn Stars
Poole Pirates
Poland
Unibax Toruń
Germany
AC Landshut

2009
2010-

2009

2009
Individual honours
Under-21 World Champion
Australian Under-21 Champion
Queensland Under-21 Champion
NSW State Champion
Golden Helmet of Pardubice
2009, 2010
2009, 2010, 2011
2009
2010
2013
Team honours
Premier League winner
Permier league KO Cup winner
Premier Trophy
2009
2009
2009

Darcy Stephen Ward[1] (born 4 May 1992 in Nanango, Queensland) is an Australian motorcycle speedway rider who won the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Australian Under-21 Championships as well as the 2009 and 2010 World Under-21 Championships. He is currently riding for Poole Pirates in the British Elite League.

Career history[edit]

2009[edit]

In the 2009 season he rode for Unibax Toruń (Poland), King's Lynn Stars (Great Britain).[2] and AC Landshut (Germany).[3] Ward's first meeting in the Polish Ekstraliga was the Pomeranian-Kuyavian Derby between Toruń and Bydgoszcz at Polonia Stadium. In this match he scored seven points and one bonus (2,1*,0,1,3). Toruń won his meeting 51-39.[4] Unibax Toruń won regular season and after play-off qualify to the Ekstraliga Final. In the final meetings, Ward scoring 11 points and his team lost to Falubaz Zielona Góta 80:88. In total, Ward scoring 63 points, 11 bonus points in 53 heats (10 meetings) and was qualify on 34th place (Average 1.396).[5]

Ward won the 2009 World Under-21 Championship in Goričan, Croatia with 13 points. He also rode for Australia team at the Under-21 World Cup. In a Qualifying Round One he scored a maximum 15 points, but Australia finished third and were knocked out of the competition.

2011[edit]

In January 2011, Darcy became Australian Under-21 Champion for the third time and emulating Chris Holder and Leigh Adams in claiming a straight hat-trick of titles. In the 2011 season, starting in March, Ward will ride for Poole Pirates (Great Britain), Lejonen (Sweden) and Gdańsk (Poland). On Saturday, 27 August Ward made his FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut as a Wildcard in Toruń,[6] where he claimed 3rd place.[7] Largely due to his impressive performance at Toruń, Ward was subsequently nominated as the Wildcard for the season's final Grand Prix at Gorzów Wielkopolski on Saturday, 8 October.[8] Ward was classified as sixth in the Grand Prix after the meeting was abandoned due to bad weather and deteriorating track conditions after sixteen of the scheduled twenty-three races had been completed.[9] Ward's successful appearances led to him being offered a permanent place in the 2012 Grand Prix series,[10] however, Ward subsequently rejected the offer in favour of riding for Toruń in the Polish Ekstraliga.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Brian Ward, was also a speedway rider.[11]

In May 2012, Ward was charged with one count of sexual assault in the UK after an incident on 17 August 2011 where he allegedly sexually assaulted a drunken teenager in her hotel room after a race meeting in Dorset, England.[12] Darcy was cleared of the charge on 22 May 2012.[13]

On 13 February 2013 Ward appeared before Ipswich Magistrates Court, Queensland, to plead guilty to driving under the influence of liquor or a drug, failing to stop for the police, driving without a licence and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. Ward pleaded guilty and was fined £3275.68 and was disqualified from driving for two years.[14] Ward subsequently issued a public apology.[15]

On 17 August 2014, in the latest in an ever growing list of incidents, Ward was excluded from the Latvian FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Daugavpils after failing an alcohol test.[16]

Career detail[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix

Individual U-21 World Championship

Team U-21 World Championship (Under-21 World Cup)

  • 2009 - 3rd place in Qualifying Round 1
  • 2010 - 2nd place in the Qualifying Round One

Domestic competitions[edit]

Australian Championship

  • 2009 - 9th - 31pts
  • 2010 - 3rd - 51pts
  • 2011 - 2nd - 63pts + 3pts

Australian Under-21 Championship

  • 2009 - Winner - 14pts
  • 2010 - Winner - 11pts (3rd) - 1st in Final
  • 2010 - Winner - 11pts (3rd) - 1st in Final

Team Polish Championship (Speedway Ekstraliga)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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