Jarosław "Jarek" Hampel (pronounced [ˈjarɔswaf ˈxampɛl] ; born 17 April 1982 in Łódź, Poland) is a motorcycle speedway rider from Poland.[1] He is a six times World Cup winner.

Jarosław Hampel
Hampel in 2014
Born (1982-04-17) 17 April 1982 (age 42)
Łódź, Poland
WebsiteOfficial website
Career history
2007–2012, 2018–2019Leszno
2013–2017, 2024Zielona Góra
2006–2015, 2017–2020Vetlanda
Great Britain
2000–2003, 2008–2009Ipswich
Individual honours
2010, 2013World Championship runner-up
2011Polish Champion
Team honours
2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013Speedway World Cup
2023European Team champion
2022, 2023Polish Ekstraliga Champion

Career edit

Hampel (left) in Zielona Góra colours (2014)

He received his speedway license in 1998 with the Polish team Polonia Piła, although he first started racing on a mini-track in Pawłowice, close to the city of Leszno.[2]

In 1999, he won a bronze medal at the Individual U-19 European Championship as well as a bronze medal at the Individual U-21 World Championship in 2000 and a gold medal in 2003.

He started in the Speedway Grand Prix in 2000, and became a regular starter from 2004. In 2005 he won the Speedway World Cup with Poland, together with Tomasz Gollob, Piotr Protasiewicz, Grzegorz Walasek and Rune Holta; beating Sweden, Denmark and Great Britain in the final held at the Olympic Stadium in Wrocław, Poland. He has since won the world cup a further three times in 2007, 2009 and 2010 taking his number of world cup gold medals to four. In 2000, he began his British leagues career when he joined Ipswich Witches.[3]

Hampel won two silver medals at the Individual Polish Championships in 2000 and 2004, as well as three medals at the Junior Individual Polish Championships ( Gold in 2001, Silver in 2002, Bronze in 2000).

In 2010 and 2013, he became the World Championship runner-up, winning silver medals in the Speedway World Championships (Grand Prix Series), and in 2011, he won the bronze medal. He became the Polish Champion in 2011, after winning the Polish Individual Speedway Championship. He later won six Speedway World Cups with Poland during an eight year period. The wins came in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

In 2022, he helped Lublin win the 2022 Ekstraliga.[4]

In 2023, he was a member of the Polish team that won the European Team Speedway Championship.[5]

Awards edit

For his sport achievements, he received:
  Bronze Cross of Merit in 2005;
  Golden Cross of Merit in 2007.

Speedway Grand Prix results edit

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
2000 27th 7 12th Wild Card Entry - European Grand Prix - Debut
2001 25th 7 11th Wild Card Entry - Polish Grand Prix
2002 30th 6 17th Wild Card Entries - Polish and European Grand Prix
2003 25th 13 6th Wild Card Entry - Polish Grand Prix
2004 8th 81 2nd First full Speedway Grand Prix season and placed second in Czech Republic Grand Prix
2005 11th 67 2nd Second in British Grand Prix
2006 9th 91 3rd Third in British Grand Prix
2007 13th 67 2nd Second in Czech Republic Grand Prix
2008 16th 16 4th Wild Card Entry - European Grand Prix
2009 18th 9 5th Wild Card Entry - European Grand Prix
2010 2nd 137 Winner Won Denmark Grand Prix - First Grand Prix win
2011 3rd 123 Winner Won Scandinavian Grand Prix
2012 14th 58 2nd Broke right fibula Denmark GP - Missed next four Grand Prix
2013 2nd 142 Winner Won New Zealand, Poland and Slovakian Grand Prix
2014 8th 98 Winner Won Scandinavian Grand Prix
2015 16th 31 2nd Injured while 3rd in standings after three Grand Prix - Missed remainder of season


References edit

  1. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). The A-Z of Sport. Little, Brown. p. 520. ISBN 0-316-72645-1.
  2. ^ "Jarosław Hampel Polska". Polish Speedway Database. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
  3. ^ "2008 Rider index" (PDF). British Speedway. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
  4. ^ "2022 results". PGE Ekstraliga. Retrieved 5 January 2023.
  5. ^ "2023 European Team Speedway Championship FINAL". FIM. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  6. ^ speedwaygp.com