Poland Under 21 champion Jarek Hampel and all-action Adam Skornicki for their British indoor ice debuts at the indoor ice speedway meeting at Telford on 17 February.

Both go straight into the Rest of the World squad to face England and will also partner each other in the Speedway Star International Best Pairs Knock-out and then make their British Open Championship debuts in the evening meeting.

This could well be their only track appearances in British speedway in 2002. Hampel is unavailable to ride for Ipswich because of his overseas commitments, and Wolverhampton have released Skornicki.

Disappointed at missing out on a Grand Prix nomination, Hampel will divide his loyalties between the Polish and Swedish leagues in 2002 but could be back with Ipswich in 2003.

Skornicki can count himself unlucky not to be included in Wolverhampton's plans for 2002 and was very much in the frame until promoter Chris Van Straaten decided to give Jesper B. Jensen another chance.

Speaking about the addition of Hampel and Skornicki to the meeting, Telford co-promoter Graham Drury had this to say: "He (Skornicki) hasn't been able to hang on a team place at Wolverhampton but he is real showman and made-to-measure for Telford".

"He has made a name for himself with his doughnut celebrations and I think he will take Telford by storm, the way Mario Jirout did when he first appeared on the ice".

"Adam will be making his Telford debut but tells me he has done a couple of indoor meetings in Poland, so it will not be totally strange to him"

"We are delighted to have done a deal for Jarek Hampel to make a quick return to England for what will probably be his only track appearance here this year".

"He is rated as a future world champion and would have retained his place in the Ipswich line-up if he had been available for enough meetings".

Telford is staging its own version of the Winter Olympics with this year's interval attraction, always a popular feature of both meetings, cross-country skiing!