KS Toruń

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KS Toruń
Unibax Torun.png
Club information
Track address MotoArena Toruń im. Mariana Rose
Country Poland
Founded 1962
Team manager Poland Słomir Kryjom
Team captain Poland Tomasz Gollob
League Poland Speedway Ekstraliga
Club facts
Colours

Yellow, Blue, White

              
Track size 325 m
Track record time 57,07 s
Poland Tomasz Gollob
Mai 23, 2010
Major team honours
Golden Medal 1986, 1990, 2001, 2008

KS Toruń is a Polish speedway team from Toruń, Poland. Formerly known as Apator Toruń (now official name is Unibax Toruń).

Team Information[edit]

  • Full name: Klub Sportowy Toruń Unibax SA
  • Address: 87-100 Toruń, ul. Pera Jonssona 7
  • Home track:MotoArena im. Mariana Rose; ul. Pera Jonssona 7, Toruń
  • Home arena capacity: 15500

Honours[edit]

  • Golden Medal: 1986, 1990, 2001, 2008
  • Silver Medal: 1995, 1996, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2013
  • Bronze Medal: 1983, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2010, 2012

History[edit]

Speedway motorcycles roared in Toruń as early as 1930, where they raced in classes according to engine size. The sport, called "Dirt-track" at the time, carried on in Toruń up until World War II. Immediately after the war, racing resumed and the Toruń's Motorcycle Club (Toruński Klub Motocyklowy) was formed. The current speedway track in Toruń saw its first race in 1950 when races were move from Bema street to the then army stadium at ulica Broniewskiego. At the time, Zbigniew Raniszewski was Toruń's best rider. He died during a match in Vienna in the mid-1950s.

From 1957 the speedway club operated under the Friends of Soldiers League (Liga Przyjaciół Żołnierza), and one year later Toruń officially raced under the league and won with Unia Leszno. In 1959, the riders from Copernicus's birthplace appeared in the third league placing second to last (7th). In 1960 Toruń was placed in the second league, but the team placed last.

Unibax logo 2007-08

In 1962 was founded a speedway club named Stal Apator Toruń which started his activity in the second league. Important person for Toruń's speedway history, representing the team in the 1960s was Marian Rose - first coach, leading rider and one of the best Polish riders at the time. Under his care budded several talented riders, like Jan Ząbik, Janusz Plewiński, Roman Kościecha or Bogdan Szuluk. Marian Rose died after a crash during a match in Rzeszów in 1970.

In 1976 the first league was rebuild into ten teams and Toruń receive a promotion. Since that year Toruń always performed in the prime polish league. In their first season in highest league they placed 8th. The team was supported by new riders, like Jerzy Kniaź from Stal Rzeszów or a young talented fighter Kazimierz Araszewicz, who died in that year. First honours came in early 1980s. In 1983 Apator Toruń won their first medal in the league and in 1986 Toruń has reached the top and won their first Polish champion title, overtaking in the table their biggest opponent from neighbourhood, Polonia Bydgoszcz, at the very end of the season. Best riders in those years were Wojciech Żabiałowicz, Eugeniusz Miastkowski, Grzegorz Śniegowski or Stanisław Miedziński. In the 1990s Apator Toruń was one of the best speedway teams in Poland, winning 7 medals in the league, included their second gold in 1990, won with a huge advantage over opponents, being the youngest team in the league. In the 1990s the team was represented by many brilliant riders, like world champion from Sweden Per Jonsson and Jacek Krzyżaniak, Mirosław Kowalik, Robert Sawina, Tomasz Bajerski, Mark Loram, Ryan Sullivan or a future star Wiesław Jaguś. Next golden medal was awarded in 2001, when Toruń has in the squad another Swedish world champion Tony Rickardsson, and also Swedish U-21 world champion Andreas Jonsson. Battle over Polish champion title in 2001 lasted to the ending heat of the final match against Atlas Wrocław. Toruń's riders won this heat 5-1 and the crowd became exalted. Two years later another champion, Jason Crump came to Toruń, becoming a new team leader. Other great riders racing for Apator in new Millennium were: Piotr Protasiewicz (brought from Bydgoszcz), Robert Kościecha, Tomasz Chrzanowski, Adrian Miedziński and Karol Ząbik.

The year 2006 was the beginning of the new era in Toruń's speedway. After Apator's resignation from sponsorship the team was bought by a trader Roman Karkosik and the name was changed to Unibax. After a silver in 2007 the team was pluged with new riders: Hans Andersen and Chris Holder. It results fourth golden medal in Toruń's speedway history after beating the title holders, Unia Leszno, in Speedway Ekstraliga final in October 2008.

Team roster 2013[edit]

Nat Rider S/J Age Birthplace Average
Australia Holder, ChrisChris Holder S 26 Sydney, Australia 7,04
Poland Gollob, TomaszTomasz Gollob S 43 Bydgoszcz, Poland 8,64
Poland Miedziński, AdrianAdrian Miedziński S 28 Toruń, Poland 7,29
Australia Ward, DarcyDarcy Ward S 22 Nanango, Australia
Poland Pulczyński, EmilEmil Pulczyński J 22 Toruń, Poland 2,50
Poland Pulczyński, KamilKamil Pulczyński J 22 Toruń, Poland 2,50
Poland Pietrykowski, BartoszBartosz Pietrykowski J 20 Toruń, Poland 2,50
Poland Przedpełski, ŁukaszŁukasz Przedpełski J 22 Toruń, Poland 2,50
Poland Przedpełski, PawełPaweł Przedpełski J 21 Toruń, Poland 2,50

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