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Racing returns to Wimborne Road after a four week break for the ReadyPower Pirates on Wednesday night when they host the visit of the King's Lynn Stars.

Despite not having ridden since 1st June the track-rusty Pirates are still well positioned to mount a play-off challenge for whilst they only have one meeting in hand over fourth placed Belle Vue who sit on 26 points, the points to meetings differential between fifth-placed Poole and both Lakeside (2nd) and Swindon (3rd) is far more favourable.

But the Pirates will need to win this Elite league fixture if they are to make the drive towards those play-offs that Poole boss Matt Ford is expecting. "I am absolutely certain this team will be in the top four and I cannot imagine too many teams will want to take us on knowing how we can up our game. We still remain in touch with the leading pack, which, despite our lack of activity in recent weeks does surprise me a little. Once we get back into the groove then we should be able to push on from here."

The Pirates will have to begin that push without the services of Kyle Newman currently, who is ruled out with a broken collarbone, although they do have their other Elite draft rider, Adam Ellis, returning to the Poole side since he suffered a similar injury in Poole's last meeting.

Ellis made his comeback in the world U21 championship at King's Lynn and after a disastrous start narrowly missed out on the cut for the semi-finals - a meeting in which Wednesday visitor Robert Lambert finished second in - and then on Sunday Ellis bagged a five ride National League Knockout cup maximum for Eastbourne.

Pirates' team-mate Chris Holder was also unbeaten by an opponent on Sunday, clocking a paid maximum for his Polish club Torun.

2015 favourite Paul Starke will make the first of two Poole appearances on Wednesday covering for the absent Newman - the Pirates travel to Lakeside on Friday with a seriously depleted side due - only Holder and Ellis available from their regular septet!

Wednesday's visitors include guest rider Chris Harris who picked up the bronze medal in Prague at the weekend in the fourth GP round of the series. He covers for the unavailable Niels-Kristian Iversen.

Teams (from) - Poole: Hans Andersen (capt), Krzysztof Buckowski, Adam Ellis, Chris Holder, Brady Kurtz, Bjarne Pedersen, Paul Starke (guest) - Team manager Neil Middleditch King's Lynn: Troy Batchelor, Chris Harris (guest) Mads Korneliussen, Robert Lambert, Lewis Rose, Nikolai Busk-Jakobsen, Simon Lambert - Team manager Rob Lyon