Kauko Nieminen

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Kauko Nieminen
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Born (1979-08-29) 29 August 1979 (age 37)
Seinäjoki, Finland
Nickname Kake, Nemo, Flying Finn
Nationality  Finland
Website www.kauko.co.uk
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
2002-05, 2007-08 Workington Comets
2006, 2015 Glasgow Tigers
2008–2011 Lakeside Hammers
2007 TŻ Lublin (POL)
2008-2012 PSŻ Poznań (POL)
2011–2013 Leicester Lions
2013 Belle Vue Aces
2015 Griparna (SWE)
2016 Rospiggarna (SWE)
Individual honours
1998, 1999, 2000 Finnish under-21 champion
2009, 2010, 2011 Finnish champion
Team honours
2004, 2006, 2008 Premier League Fours Champion
2008 Premier League Pairs Champion
2000 Finland 1st Division Champion
2001, 2004 Sweden 2nd Division Champion
2009 Elite League KO Cup

Kauko 'Kake' Tapio Nieminen (born 29 August 1979, in Seinäjoki) is a Finnish former speedway rider who raced for several teams in the UK, Sweden, and Poland, and as part of the Finland national speedway team.[1]

Career summary[edit]

Nieminen started his UK career with the Workington Comets in 2002 and was with them every season until 2008 except for 2006 when he rode for the Glasgow Tigers. Also in 2006, he represented Finland in the 2006 Speedway World Cup.

Nieminen is known by both Workington and Glasgow fans as 'The Flyin Finn' because of his racing style, which produces some high speed passing. In 2007 season, Nieminen returned to the Workington Comets, this time as captain,[2] and also rode for Solkatterna in Sweden and TŻ Lublin in Poland. At the end of the season it was announced he would return the Comets in 2008.[3]

His good form in 2008 was noticed by the Elite League team Lakeside Hammers, and he was signed to the squad to cover for injuries.[4] Nieminen was signed as a full team member at Lakeside for the 2009 season. He joined Leicester Lions in July 2011, becoming the team captain and finishing third in the 2011 Premier League Riders' Championship. He won the Finnish championship for the third consecutive year in September 2011. In November 2012 Lakeside Hammers announced that Kauko would be awarded a Testimonial meeting in 2013,with the venue to be decided. On 25 November 2012 Kauko was named to continue as Captain of Leicester Lions for the 2013 Premier League season, in what would be his third season with that team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, Robert (January 2004). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2004. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-2915-9. 
  2. ^ "Flying Finn Kauko is Comets Skipper". News and Star. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ "It's a deal for Kauko". News and Star. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-03. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Hammers sign Finnish number eight". BBC. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 

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