Polish star Szymon Wozniak admits he fulfilled a promise to his father as he made his Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw debut, storming into the semi-finals last Saturday.

Wozniak collected a career-best 10 championship points at PGE Narodowy in front of his father Edwin, who was enjoying Speedway GP in Poland’s capital for the very first time.

Wozniak senior pledged that he would only go to the Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP if his son was in action and made the trip after Szymon finished third in the 2023 FIM SGP Challenge to become an SGP regular for 2024.

The Polish international was delighted to give Edwin a night to remember. Taking up the story, he revealed: “When the first GP round took place in Warsaw in 2015, I told my father, ‘Come on, let’s see speedway at the national stadium.’ He said, ‘I don’t want to go. I will watch it on TV. 

“My father has a problem with his eyes. He’s getting more and more blind. But he told me, ‘When you qualify for the GP one year and you are racing in Warsaw, then I will go to the stadium and watch that.’ Maybe I did that too late because he doesn’t see much at the moment.

“He was there, though, and that’s such a nice feeling. I promised him I would make it one year. Maybe it just took me a little too long, but it’s such a nice feeling that I did it by myself. I qualified for the GP and raced in Warsaw. 

"He was there, watched the meeting and now I can feel good that I did what I promised.”

Wozniak was elated to reach the last eight of a Speedway GP event for the first time in his career and feels things could have been even better.

He said: “That was such a nice feeling to get to the semi, and especially in Warsaw. I had the potential to make it even better because my starts were quite good. That’s pretty important on a track like Warsaw.

“It was down to knowledge and experience to choose the right lines and follow the adjustments to the bike to keep the speed at the right time.

“It could have been better, but I enjoyed that night so much. I think I developed some fans. Everybody around me is happy. I am happy as well, but there is the potential to make it even better.”

Wozniak bids to build on his Warsaw heroics in the Trans MF FIM Speedway GP of Germany – Landshut this Saturday.