Week Ending June 14

England won three out of four international matches in Poland, with both ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams riding two each. The ‘A’ team won 50-58 in Gorzow but crashed 71-37 in Bydgoszcz. The ‘B’ side won 46-62 in Katowice and again, 52-56 in Poznan. There was a price to pay, however. Arnold Haley broke his collarbone and Terry Betts cracked two ribs. Ray Wilson also injured a shoulder. For the ‘B’s, Peter Collins was notable in dropping only one point in the two matches.

Ivan Mauger turned the clock back seven years by winning the new Inter-Continental Final at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg - the scene of his first World Final success in 1968. The secret, it appeared, was that the maestro, now 35, used the same gear ratio, the same tyres and the same frame set-up as he had on that first occasion.

Well into the season and Bryan Seery’s statistics page revealed that nine Gulf British League riders were still averaging double figures. Ivan Mauger topped the list with 11.84, then came Phil Crump (11.35), Dave Jessup (11.07), Peter Collins (10.97), Jim McMillan (!0.42), John Louis (10.24), Ray Wilson (10.18), Tommy Jansson (10.10) and Rick France (10.00).

In the New National League, the best home win of the week was Newcastle’s hammering of Bradford, 62-16 and the best away victory was Berwick’s defeat of Paisley, 33-45.

Dave Lanning’s Diary revealed that Reading star John Davis was planning a return visit to New Zealand during the winter. His aim was to go one better than his runner-up position in the New Zealand Championships. Lanning’s opinion is that the Racers’ heat-leader is more than likely to be called up for the British Lions touring party due to head off for the antipodes in the near future.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Barney Kennett & Bob Spelta of Canterbury Crusaders

BACK: Malcolm Simmons, Phil Herne, Nigel Boocock & Trevor Hedge line up at the tapes

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