GREG HANCOCK's second place in the Scandinavian Grand Prix gives him a 12 point lead in the championship race with just one round remaining, but the big talking point of the Stockholm meeting was the return to form of Poland's Jaroslaw Hampel who claimed top stpot with a 21 point maximum.
Poole's stand-in captain Maciej Janowski, finished runners-up in the Elite League Riders' Championship at King's Lynn on Thursday to give himself a confident fillip ahead of the Pirates' first playoff meeting on Monday night at the same venue, King's Lynn.
Poole duo Maciej Janowski and Vaclav Milik could benefit tonight from some pre-play-off practice at King's Lynn when they line-up in the Elite League Riders' Championship (7.30pm)
With King's Lynn failing in their quest for a draw at Belle Vue tonight (Monday), the Pirates have been confirmed as top of the table finishers and earned the right to choose their play-off semi-final opponents.
Maciej Janowski is on the cusp of being in the 2015 Grand Prix Series after scoring 11 points in the Lonigo-staged GP Challenge.
Poole have suffered a further blow ahead of the championship deciding play-offs, which begin on Monday week, with Josh Grajczonek sustaining a suspected broken collar-bone during the latter stages of the Premier League Riders' championship on Sunday evening.
Poole's current captain Maciej Janowski faces a vital meeting in Lonigo, Italy this evening as he stands on the verge of becoming a Grand Prix qualifier.
Defending league champions Poole have asked the big question of rivals King's Lynn in the quest for top spot in the league table by collecting their second maximum points haul of the week to move a point clear of the Stars.
Don't write the defending league champions off quite yet! That was the message that rung out loudly from the Pirates' 50-40 win at Coventry which elevated them back to top spot in the league table and determined to make a bid for choice of play-off opponents.
Season Starts March 2018 (for 2017 table click here)