A superb 15 point maximum performance from Tony Rickardsson helped Poole to a ten point victory over Oxford, a win which saw the Pirates move up to fourth place in the Elite League standings.

World Champion Rickardsson seemed to be in a class of his own, none more so than in his opening ride when he smashed the Poole track record to pieces. His new mark of 57.32 seconds for four laps of the 300 metre Poole raceway, sliced 1.15 seconds off of the previous best.

Poole team manager Neil Middleditch was delighted with the outcome. "This was another good win for us" he said "We made heavy weather of the first few races but once we had settled down, the result was never in any doubt."

"Tony was in excellent form and showed just why he is the best in the world at present. He never looked like being beaten and that rubbed off on the rest of the team. "

Poole started slowly and trailed by two points after the opening two races. Andersen and Staszewski combined to put Poole briefly in front, but good work by Adams and Lukas Dryml saw the Cheetahs back on level terms after Heat 5.

Poole then rallied to take control of the match, stretching into a ten point lead by Heat 9 thanks to good race wins by Walasek and Rickardsson.

Rickardsson and Poole skipper Havelock put the result beyond doubt in Heat 13 and had the bonus point wrapped up before the end of the final race.

Rickardsson rounded of a fine night's work with another impeccable win in the last race of the evening, sending the Poole fans home safe in the knowledge that Poole's unbeaten home league record is still intact.