Tomasz Robert Gollob ([ˈtɔmaʂ ˈɡɔlːɔp] ; born 11 April 1971 in Bydgoszcz, Poland)[1] is a former Polish motorcycle speedway rider.[2] He appeared in every Speedway Grand Prix series between its inaugural season in 1995 and 2013. His brother Jacek is also a speedway rider.

Tomasz Gollob
Born (1971-04-11) 11 April 1971 (age 52)
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Career history
1988, 1990-2003Polonia Bydgoszcz
1989Wybrzeże Gdańsk
2004-2007Unia Tarnów
2008-2012Stal Gorzów
2013-2014KS Toruń
2015-2016GKM Grudziądz
Great Britain
1998-2000Ipswich Witches
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
Podiums53 (22-10-21)
Finalist66 time
Winner22 times
Individual honours
2010World Champion
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
2001, 2002, 2006, 2009
Polish Champion
1990, 1991, 1992Polish Under 21 Champion
1994, 1995, 1997, 2000
Polish Golden Helmet Winner
1990, 2002Polish Silver Helmet Winner
1995, 1998, 1999, 2002
2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Polish Grand Prix Champion
1995Jack Young Memorial Cup winner
1996Continental Champion
1997Swedish Grand Prix Champion
1999, 2010Czech Grand Prix Champion
2001German Grand Prix Champion
2008Slovenian Grand Prix Champion
2009, 2010Italian Grand Prix Champion
2010Torun Grand Prix Champion
2010Nordic Grand Prix Champion
2011Danish Grand Prix Champion
2012Scandinavian Grand Prix Champion
Team honours
1996World Team Cup Winner
2005, 2007, 2009, 2010World Cup Winner
2001European Cup Champions' Winner
1992, 1997, 1998, 2000
2002, 2004, 2005
Polish Team Champion
1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
2000, 2002
Polish Pairs Champion
1998Elite League Champion
1998Elite League KO Cup Winner
1998Craven Shield Winner
2005, 2006Swedish Elitserien Champion

Career summary edit

Site of 2007 plane crash.

Tomasz Gollob spent almost all of his career with hometown club Bydgoszcz until he moved to Unia Tarnów in 2004. He has won the Polish Individual Championship eight times (between 1992 and 2009) and the Polish Pairs Championship ten times. He has also won the Polish Grand Prix eight times in thirteen years. He clinched the Speedway World Championship in 2010 after securing the championship in Terenzano, Italy. He is only the second Pole to ever win the World Championship, following in the footsteps of Jerzy Szczakiel who won in 1973.

Gollob also spent some time in Australia in the early-mid 1990s based at the North Arm Speedway in Adelaide. While In Australia, Gollob would race against many of his future World Championship rivals including Jason Crump, Leigh Adams, and Ryan Sullivan. Gollob is the only World Champion to win the Jack Young Solo Cup held in Adelaide each year in memory of Australia's 1951 and 1952 World Champion, Jack Young. He won the cup in 1995 at North Arm.

On 28 July 1996 he won the Continental Final, which formed part of the 1997 Speedway Grand Prix Qualification.[3]

Gollob was also a member of the Poland speedway team that won the World Team Cup in 1996 and the World Cup in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011.

In 2007 Gollob survived a plane crash with fellow rider Rune Holta. The plane, flown by his father Władysław, crashed on the way to a speedway meeting at Tarnów. Gollob escaped with cuts and bruises after pulling his father from the wreckage.[4]

In 2017 Gollob suffered serious injuries to head and spine in a motocross accident during a MX event in Northern Poland.[5]

For his sport achievements, he received the Order of Polonia Restituta:

  •   Knight's Cross (5th Class) in 2000
  •   Officer's Cross (4th Class) in 2007
  •   Commander's Cross (2010)

World final appearances edit

Individual World Championship edit

World Pairs Championship edit

World Team Cup edit

World Cup edit

Individual Under-21 World Championship edit

Speedway Grand Prix results edit

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1998 3rd 97 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
1999 2nd 98 Winner Won in Czech Republic and Polish Grand Prix
2000 7th 64 5th
2001 3rd 89 Winner Won the German Grand Prix
2002 7th 117 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2003 6th 111 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2004 6th 113 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2005 7th 83 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2006 8th 94 3rd Third in Slovenian, Swedish and Polish Grand Prix
2007 4th 108 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2008 3rd 148 Winner Won Slovenian, Danish and German Grand Prix
2009 2nd 144 Winner Won Scandinavian and Italian Grand Prix
2010 1st 166 Winner Won Czech Republic, Polish, Nordic and Italian Grand Prix
2011 5th 106 Winner Won Danish Grand Prix
2012 4th 142 Winner Won Scandinavian Grand Prix
2013 9th 89 2nd Second in New Zealand Grand Prix

Family edit

Tomasz Gollob has two brothers and one sister[7]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). The A-Z of Sport. Little, Brown. p. 519. ISBN 0-316-72645-1.
  3. ^ "Individual Championship". Retrieved 9 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Gollob survives plane crash drama". Evening Star. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  5. ^ "Doctors 'very cautious' about Tomasz Gollob, former world champion in induced coma after crash". 24 April 2017.
  6. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  7. ^ " - Oficjalny serwis Tomasza Golloba".

External links edit

  Media related to Tomasz Gollob at Wikimedia Commons

2011 Speedway Grand Prix riders
1   Gollob 2   Hampel 3   Crump 4   Holta 5   Hancock
6   Harris 7   Bjerre 8   Holder 9   Jonsson 10   Pedersen
11   Lindgren 12   Sayfutdinov 13   Laguta 14   Lindbäck 15   Kołodziej