GKM Grudziądz

(Redirected from GTŻ Grudziądz)

GKM Grudziądz is a Polish motorcycle speedway team based in Grudziądz. They race at the 8,000-capacity Grudziądz Speedway Stadium.[1][2] The team currently competes in the Ekstraliga (the highest division) and have won the bronze medal in the Team Speedway Polish Championship once (as of 2022).[3][4]

GKM Grudziądz
Club information
Track addressGrudziądz Speedway Stadium, ul. Hallera 4
Team managerJanusz Ślączka
WebsiteOfficial website
Club facts
ColoursYellow and Blue
Track size355 m
Track record time64.86 seconds
Track record date8 September 2020
Track record holderArtem Laguta
Major team honours
Team Speedway Polish Championship bronze medal1948
Second division1997
Pairs champions2021

History edit

1948 to 1950 edit

GKM fans during a home match with Start Gniezno in 2011

The club's predecessor was Olimpia Grudziądz, which competed in the inaugural 1948 Polish speedway season and won the bronze medal. The Olimpia motorcycle club had been established in 1924.[5] In 1949, they competed as Olimpia-Unia Grudziądz and in 1950 as Unia Grudziądz. The 1950 season would be the last season for the team for nearly three decades.[6]

1977 to 1994 edit

The current club was founded in 1976 as GSŻ (Grudziądzka Sekcja Żużlowa). Speedway returned to Grudziądz during the 1977 Polish speedway season as GSŻ Grudziądz that entered the Second division.[7] The team was consisted mainly of riders from Stal KS Toruń that had failed to make the Torun first team.[6] In 1980, the team was renamed to GKM Grudziądz, which stands for Grudziądzki Klub Motocyklowy ("Grudziądz Motorcycling Club"). For 18 years the team remained in the second division starved of any success.

1995 to 2001 edit

The club finally experienced the first league in 1996 after gaining promotion in 1995 but unfortunately suffered immediate relegation despite the signing of Billy Hamill, who would become the world champion the same year. However, the team were performing much better than in previous years and won their first honour by winning the second division in 1997; Hamill spearheaded the team and was supported by Hungarian Zoltán Adorján.[8]

Following the creation of the Ekstraliga in 2000 and the reorganisation of the leagues, Grudziądz found themselves in the Polish 1.Liga and at the end of the 2001 season the club was liquidated.[6]

2002 to 2012 edit

In 2002, speedway quickly returned with a team called GTŻ Grudziądz but the team were relegated to 2.Liga. However, they began their recovery by winning 2.Liga on 2003.[9] In 2012, the club won a bronze medal in the Polish Pairs Speedway Championship.

2013 to present edit

In 2013, the club was renamed GKM Grudziądz SA. In 2015 and 2016, they competed in the Ekstraliga by default (due to the financial misfortune of other clubs) and have remained in the top division since (as of 2023). Przemysław Pawlicki and Krzysztof Kasprzak won the Pairs championship in 2021.

Previous teams edit

Notable riders edit

Honours edit

Competitions Total Golden medals Silver medals Bronze medals
Total Years Total Years Total Years
Team (DMP)
(since 1948)
Team U-21 (MDMP)
(since 1978)
3 1 1997 1 1991 1 1998
Pairs (MPPK)
(since 1974)
Pairs U-21 (MMPPK)
(1980 U-23; since 1983)
Individual (IMP)
(since 1948)
Individual U-21 (MIMP)
(since 1967)
3 1 1998 1 1985 1 1995
Total Polish Championship medals: 6 Gold: 2 Silver: 2 Bronze: 2
Competitions Total I place II place III place
Total Years Total Years Total Years
European Club (KPE)
(since 1998)
Team Cup (DPP)
Golden Helmet (ZK)
(since 1961)
Silver Helmet U-21 (SK)
(since 1966)
Bronze Helmet U-19 (BK)
(1976-81; since 1983)
2 1 2008 1 2004

References edit

  1. ^ "Speedway from Around the Globe - Poland PGE Ekstraliga". Speedway Star page 42. 10 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Home". Grudziadz Speedway. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Historia Speedway Polsce". Historia Speedway. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  4. ^ "HISTORICAL RESULTS 1948-2023". Speedway History. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Historia Speedway Polsce 1948". Speedway History. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  6. ^ a b c "History". Grudziadz Speedway. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Historia Speedway Polsce 1977". Historia Speedway. Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  8. ^ "Historia Drużynowych Mistrzostw Polski". Zuzeland.com. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  9. ^ "Historia Speedway Polsce 2000". Historia Speedway. Retrieved 25 February 2023.