Kevin Doolan

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Kevin Doolan
Born (1980-11-30) 30 November 1980 (age 38)
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australia
Websitewww.doolanracing.com
Current club information
British leagueBerwick Bandits
Career history
1999–2000, 2007, 2009Belle Vue Aces
2002, 2014–Berwick Bandits
2003Glasgow Tigers
2004–2006, 2008, 2010King's Lynn Stars
2005, 2011–2012Ipswich Witches
2006Eastbourne Eagles
2009Workington Comets
2011, 2013Lakeside Hammers
2012Redcar Bears
2013Leicester Lions
Individual honours
2003, 2004Gillman Solo Championship
2004, 2008Jack Young Solo Cup winner
Team honours
2005, 2006Premier League Knockout Cup
2006Premier Trophy
2006Premier League Champions
2009, 2011Premier League Fours

Kevin Doolan (born 30 November 1980) is an Australian motorcycle speedway rider, riding for Berwick Bandits in the British Premier League for the 2016 season.

Biography[edit]

Born in Shepparton, Victoria, Doolan first raced in Australia, finishing third in the 1996 Australian Under-16 Championship. He began his British speedway career in 1999 with Belle Vue Aces.[1] He was a finalist in the Junior World Championship in both 1999 and 2000. He moved on to Berwick Bandits in 2002 and Glasgow Tigers in 2003 before signing for then Premier League King's Lynn Stars as a club asset in 2004.[1] With King's Lynn he won the Premier League Knockout Cup in both 2005 and 2006 and the Premier Trophy and the Premier League Championship in 2006.[1] After also riding in the Elite League for Ipswich Witches and Eastbourne Eagles in 2005 and 2006 respectively, he made the move back to the top flight in 2007 with Belle Vue.[1] He returned to King's Lynn in 2008 before signing for Workington Comets in 2009, captaining the team in a season in which they won the Premier League Four-Team Championship, but that for him was ended by a crash in September.[1][2] In 2010 he returned to King's Lynn, and again his season ended early with a broken wrist sustained in July.[1] After failing to agree terms with King's Lynn for 2011, he moved to Ipswich on a full transfer, becoming the team captain in the club's return to the Premier League.[1][3][4] With Ipswich he won the Premier Fours for a second time in 2011.[1] In July 2012 Doolan lost his place in the Witches team with Taylor Poole returning from injury.[5] He subsequently signed for Redcar Bears. On 25 November 2012 it was announced that Doolan would ride for Leicester Lions for the 2013 Premier League season. In 2014 Doolan signed for Berwick Bandits becoming Captain in 2015 and 2016

Back home in Australia, Doolan was the winner of the 2003 and 2004 Gillman Solo Championships held at the Gillman Speedway in Adelaide. He also won the 2004 and 2008 Jack Young Solo Cups at Gillman.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual Under-21 World Championship[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rider Index", speedwaygb.co, retrieved 2012-04-08
  2. ^ "Kevin Doolan Named Workington Speedway Captain", Hexham Courant, 20 February 2009, retrieved 2012-04-08
  3. ^ "Kevin Doolan to lead Ipswich Witches in Premier League", BBC, 8 December 2010, retrieved 2012-04-08
  4. ^ "Speedway: King's Lynn Stars put Kevin Doolan on transfer list", Daily Mirror, 5 November 2010, retrieved 2012-04-08
  5. ^ King, Elvin (2012) "Shock axe for Doolan", Speedway Star, 28 July 2012, p. 16

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