Shamek Pawlicki got back on his bike after a nasty fall in the final heat at Wimborne Road to help Poole Pirates to a six-point challenge victory over Lakeside Hammers.
The Polish rider scored 12 points , while Pirates captain Darcy Ward failed to complete his opening two rides as the hosts were forced to claw back a four-point deficit to take victory.
Czech rider Vaclav Milik blew an engine at the start line, taking two points in his first meeting for the club.
“It was a great shame that Vaclav blew his bike up in his first ride and had problems” said Pirates team manager Neil Middleditch. “I’m happy for him to get all these gremlins out of the way before the league starts.
“It’s good to know that he had a horror night with his machinery and the boys still won. I was delighted for Lee Smart who chalked up his first win and Kyle Newman never stopped battling.
“We won the meeting, every Pirate bar Vaclav won a race. I have to be pleased with that.”
Peter Karlsson took the opening heat for the Hammers, giving the visitors an early two-point lead. The Pirates got back on track in heat three – with Pawlicki and Maciej Janowski taking a maximum advantage for the hosts.
However, with Milik blowing his engine on the starting line in heat four – a fantastic ride from Janowski saw him finish ahead of Davey Watt in heat five to level the scores.
Lakeside took heats six and seven, giving them a four-point lead. The Pirates fought back with wins in the next three heats to cut the gap to two points.
Pawlicki took his third victory of the night in heat 11, and Poole could have taken the lead in the next race – had Newman not fallen after getting into a potential 5-1 position with teammate Josh Grajczonek.
Ward and Janoski finally regained the lead for the home side in heat 13 with a 5-1 win, while Milik took his only two points of the meeting in heat 14.
The Pirates secured a six-point victory when Ward took the final heat, with Pawlicki recovering to take third place.