Week Ending August 30

IT was sweet revenge for Ivan Mauger after his last World Championship visit to Poland when he fell during a run-off for the title. The New Zealand ace won the European Final in Bydgoszcz after another race-off, this time against friend and rival Ole Olsen who had also finished the meeting on 14 points. British League riders took the top four places with Phil Crump scoring 11 points and Anders Michanek, 10. American Scott Autrey blew his best motor during practice and scored only three points but they were the result of a from-the-tapes heat win which demonstrated the talent that the 22-year-old possessed.  

NOT for the first time, the BSPA shot itself in the foot by rejecting a proposal that would have seen the British League Riders’ Championship televised live on ITV from Hyde Road on a Sunday afternoon. Afraid that the change of starting time might affect attendance and that supporters who had already bought tickets expecting an evening meeting might not be happy with the switch, the promoters spurned the chance of a big TV audience. Those who think the BSPA is too ready to bow the knee to Sky Television today, however, might have approved.

IN his weekly column, writer ERIC LINDEN set out a plea to keep the New National League British. The newly-named successor to the British League Division Two, formed when Division One became the Gulf Oil British League, was originally formed, he reminded readers, to develop British talent. As Division Two, it had succeeded in that aim and, Linden claimed, ‘there are more teenagers around in the sport now than there have been in donkey’s years… If we’re going to help breed possible World Champions, let’s reap the full benefit out of them by using every means at our disposal to make it a British champ.’

STOKE’s co-promoter, Harry Bastable, revealed to the Speedway Star that he had no idea where his talented New Zealander JACK MILLEN had gone. The always controversial star had simply vanished. A bemused Bastable said,’Some reports suggest he has gone to South Africa. Others, he is working in Panama. It is a total mystery.’

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: John Jackson (Ellesmere Port) leads Les Rumsey (Canterbury)

BACK: Oxford’s Dag Lovaas

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